What is Politeness in Sweden?

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Sweden"

Are Swedes polite? 

Social codes, norms and manners are different in Sweden

If you want to be polite in Sweden

Respecting privacy, space and silence is important

Swedes may not disturb someone only to greet them without a purpose

You avoid speaking loudly in public places to respect others

You do not listen to high music in your headphones

You leave space

Both physically and psychologically

"In Sweden, politeness is often about not disturbing others"

Swedes are practical, purposeful and efficient in their politeness

They do not want to disturb

They won’t even disturb you to tell you that you are being impolite

They will let it go

This also prevents confrontation

Swedes are very uncomfortable with confrontation


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Source: "The Social Guidebook to Sweden"

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