Get in touch with Swedish culture

Midsummer dance Bengt Nyman/Flickr

Midsummer dance ©Bengt Nyman/Flickr

How can we describe Swedish people? Maybe some of the best words for doing it are tradition-celebrating, environmentally minded, healthy-living, nature-loving, summertime slacking, punctual, a little difficult to get to know, “changing with the seasons” and direct. Swedish lifestyle may seem to be very attractive for many tourists.

If you are also attracted by this lifestyle and you would like to get in touch with Swedish culture, I recommend you to read the following guide before traveling. Below I will present you some facts that may help you while in Sweden. Attend a Swedish festival, eat local food, go to a local market and make conversations. These will surely help you understand their culture better.

About Swedes

As I already mentioned it, some of the best words for describing the Swedes may be the following: tradition-celebrating, environmentally minded, healthy-living, nature-loving, summertime slacking, punctual, a little difficult to get to know, “changing with the seasons” and direct.

Besides, they are interested in people arriving from other countries. As about 90% of Swedes do speak English, it won’t be hard to involve yourself in a conversation with a Swede. Besides, Swedes are very proud of being Swedish. If you ask them for help on local things, they will surely give you useful information. If you are both up for it, you might have the luck to even join you.

Apple Market in Kivik nano99/Flickr

Apple Market in Kivik ©nano99/Flickr

Swedish traditions

Like I said, Swedes love their traditions. Despite being one of the world’s most modern countries, Sweden is famous for tradition-celebrating. There are innumerable fantastic festivals and events dedicated for their traditions. Besides, food is a central part of the festivities.

While some countries celebrate only holy days, Sweden has numerous food-related events, including waffle day, cinnamon bun day and a whole season dedicated to cream bun and a gooey almond paste. If you love food, you just gonna love these festivals. Besides, a lot of events revolve around light, candle light or no light.

Midsummer dance Bengt Nyman/Flickr

Midsummer dance ©Bengt Nyman/Flickr

Swedish culture

Sami people and Sami handicrafts make an important part of Swedish culture, just like reindeers, Swedish art presented in the numerous museums of the country, the ABBA and the varied Swedish heritage including palaces, castles, wonderful historical sites and natural wonders.

The land of the Sami spans Arctic Sweden, Finland, Norway and Russia. The Sami are actually indigenous people speaking their own language, with their own culture and customs differing from the societies surrounding them. Visiting the Sami or buying handicrafts is a great way to get on touch with this culture.

Gamla Stan, Stockholm sk12/Flickr

Gamla Stan, Stockholm ©sk12/Flickr

 

 

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