If you have a trip to Sweden planned, it is likely you have some nervousness about fitting in. After all, the Swedes have a very unique way about themselves and if you want to fit in, you need to know what to do and what not to do to look like a native. Well you are in luck because this article will help you to know the cultural norms that make you look and act like a Swede.
You Can Only Buy Hard Alcohol from One Store Chain
If you like a bottle of your favorite spirits to have with you while on vacation in Sweden, you should know that only one store in the country called Systembolaget sells hard alcohol, wine and beer with an alcohol content above 3.5% alcohol This was done by the Swedish government to limit the amount of alcohol sales and so you will have to locate one to purchase your spirits.
You must be 20 years of age to make a purchase and in smaller towns there is likely one store. So if you are looking to buy alcohol when you are in Sweden, do not go to gas stations or supermarkets and ask the clerk. Instead, have someone direct you to the local Systembolaget and bring your ID.
Many Swedes use Snus
Snus are a tobacco alternative that is very popular in Sweden. They are either loose tobacco or small tobacco pouches that you put into your mouth underneath the lip. They come in a variety of flavors and are much safer than smoking tobacco. And since there is no smoke like from cigarettes or vaping, you can use snus anywhere. They are much tidier than snuff or loose you will see many people enjoying them throughout the country. If you want to try a snu, go for the pouch type because they are easy to use, and try a fruit flavored one which tends to be milder.
Pickled Herring is a way of Life in Sweden
Sweden is the home of pickled herring and you will see it in many traditional Swedish dishes. IT is a staple in Swedish dining and no Swedish holiday would be complete without several pickled herring dishes on the table. There are many different flavors of herring and some Swedes love it with crisp bread, potatoes, or sour cream and chives. So when you go to eat in Sweden be sure to pick one dish with pickled herring and you will be sure to pass as a Swede.
Fika if You Want to Act Like a Swede
Fika can be a verb or a noun in Swedish and it means taking a break. This break might mean to go to a coffee shop and just relax for a bit. You will find the Swedes have mastered this so if you get invited to Fika be prepared to spend long hours sipping coffee and chatting away. The great news is that there are lots of great cafes in Sweden, so you will have lots of chances to Fika when you visit.
Finally, have a love for the outdoors, Swedish football, and a good spirit and you will fit right in when you visit Sweden.