Swedes at home VS. Swedes on "charterresor"

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Sweden"



Do not be surprised if your neighbour passes just in front in the hallway

Without looking at you

Without greeting

As if you did not exist

Seemingly trying to avoid you

He is not rude, nor impolite

He is actually very polite

He does not want to disturb

He will talk to you if there is a practical reason to do so

If something is wrong with the apartment block

If your neighbours, colleagues and acquaintances do not greet you and small talk It does not mean they do not like you

They are just trying to be polite

Swedish polite

If you meet the same people in another setting where there is a reason to speak

Like at «semester» or «charterresor» or at the «städdag»

It will provide a comfortable framework and a practical reason to speak to you

At a time where you are obviously not busy


Source: "The Social Guidebook to Sweden"

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