The Swedish BBQ

Source: "The Swedish Toolkit"

The first time I was invited to a BBQ in Sweden

I marinaded pork tenderloin in Maple Syrup

And brought a bottle of sparkling wine for everyone to enjoy

I was looking forward to let my new Swedish friends experience my Canadian recipe

And was curious to try some Swedish food

The BBQ did not go exactly as planned

Everyone did bring some food

But Swedes ate their own food

Only their own food

And it felt like they were uncomfortable accepting some sparkling wine

They all drank their own alcohol

And those who did not drink everything they had taken

Took it back home with them


Swedes like to keep their independence

Friendships and relationships are to a leaser extend based on giving and receiving

 They rather have a tendency to be based on doing activities together where everyone contributes but does not owe to others

Our books explains how to make friends in Sweden and how to interact with Swedes at work

They set the basis for successful relationships in Sweden

They are important for foreigners to read, but even more for Swedes themselves!

It will give you an idea of how special your culture is and how different it is from the rest of the world

By Julien S. Bourrelle

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