The Do’s and Don’ts When Visiting Sweden

The Do’s and Don’ts When Visiting Sweden

When traveling abroad for the first time, the very first thing that comes to our mind is their culture and how to deal with the people. In Sweden, travelers need not to worry much about getting involved into false steps but it takes a lot of advantage to know the do’s and don’ts to make their vacation and traveling experience become more worthy and enjoyable.


  • Visit the Sweden's hundreds of miles of beaches and lakes during summer.
  • Take a boat trip to the city to see beautiful palaces and villages.
  • Try the two wheels to get to grips with the country’s capital and see superb Architecture of their city hall and old town.
  • Go fishing with their plenty of mountain streams.
  • Go island hopping and visit the caves to see amazing stalactites and stalagmites as well as medieval town.
  • In winter, try winter sports such as skating, ice climbing, tobogganing, snowmobiling and dog sledding.
  • Be punctual and professional when going to a meeting.
  • Communicate with Swedes directly without speaking loudly or gesture passionately.
  • Have a sense of humor but not too sarcastic and cocksure.
  • Be true to yourself, wear neat and keep everything simple.
  • Cleverness and a great mind about the history and science will probably impress them.
  • Respect their privacy and personal space.


  • Don’t expect them all to speak English. This doesn’t mean that they can’t speak English. When you speak to them, speak slowly or try to learn few basic Swedish phrases.
  • Don’t interrupt their silence. It’s their way of expressing a comfortable pause.
  • Avoid wearing glitzy jewelry and using strong perfumes during business meetings.
  • Don’t ever try to educate them or act as if you know everything. Swedes are highly educated people and if you are going to indulge them with your facts, make sure not in an arrogant and confrontational way.
  • Don’t mention any other hockey teams unless you want to create an argument.
  • Don’t ask for a decaf substitute, it’s unpleasant to hear for the locals.
  • Don’t ever say you don’t like coffee. In Sweden, it is considered offensive.
  • Don’t talk about how far better is in your country. That’s totally impolite no matter what places you go.
  • Don't compare them to Norwegians, Danes, Finns or anyone.
  • Don’t call them unless it is so important.
  • Don’t make face with their unique local delicacy, the Surströmming when offered.

Patriotism is crucial in Sweden. Swedes take pride of themselves and their nation. To earn their respect, always keep these do’s and don’ts in mind.

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