Talking with a Swede

Source: "The Swedish Toolkit"

In most countries around the world

When conversations go down

And it becomes a little awkward 

you find something to comment about

And the conversation starts again

It flows easily

Awkwardness goes away quickly

In Sweden, it is a little bit different  

Unframed discussions are more challenging

With an acquaintance

You will go to a quiz rather than for a coffee

You will play a game rather than discussing the news

You will go walking in the mountain rather than reflecting together on the world


In Sweden

If you want to discuss politics, sign up in a political organisation

If you want to discuss art, sing up in an art club

If you want to discuss feelings, get an appointment with a psychologist

Welcome to Sweden

Where communication may require a frame and a reason in order to work well

Many Swedes do not realise how different their social culture is

You may need a social guide


"The Swedes" and "Working with Swedes" present many of the unknown social rules in Sweden

By Julien S. Bourrelle

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