06 Jun 2011

You know you’re from Sweden when…

3 Comments Typically Swedish

Found this list in Boel’s blog and thought I would share it with you. It’s funny, it’s so true (at least some of the things) and it’s a little bit scary (cause it’s so true).

  • You either take it for granted that cars will stop for pedestrians OR you have serious difficulties crossing the street when there is a red light. Even when there are no cars.
  • You love complaining about Sweden when you are there and state “it’s much better in Sweden” when you are abroad.
  • You split the bill by the exact penny after eating at a restaurant.
  • You don’t mind women using the men’s bathroom in clubs if the queue to the “Ladies” is long.
  • You don’t mind walking instead of taking the car.
  • You put toilet paper on the seat in a public toilet and double fold it neatly.
  • At cafés, you find it completely normal walking all the way to the counter to order and then carrying it yourself to the table rather than being waited on.
  • You count how many cigarettes you borrow or give away – just to be sure it’s fair.
  • You don’t mind sharing the toilet cubicle with all of your friends to save 5 SEK.
  • You would happily catch the tube to the suburbs at 3am or walk alone through a park at night, but you’d NEVER ride in a car without your seatbelt on.
  • You find it difficult to breathe if your internet shuts down, even just for a little while.
  • You secretly love the Eurovision Song Contest to pieces.
  • You know at least 10 Abba songs by heart.
  • You are prone to stand in line without complaining.
  • You get extremely annoyed with inefficiency.
  • Whenever discussing international problems you always, without exception state that “why don’t you do it like we do it in Sweden?”
  • You take your shoes off when entering a house, and don’t get why non-Swedes find that funny.
  • You constantly try to avoid meeting your neighbours in the stairwell.
  • You think people are too intrusive when they stand closer than 1½ meter away from you, even if you are at a crowed buses or trains.
  • You would rather stand up on the bus for an hour than bother the person who’s handbag is currently occupying the last available seat.
  • You would never use public transportation without a valid ticket, even though it’s ridiculously overpriced.
  • You’re used to sorting all your laundry into 30, 40 and 60 degree Celsius piles and become quite upset when you can only choose between ‘warm’ and ‘cold’
  • You call yourself a Christian despite the fact that the only time you ever went to church was the last day of school in the summer.
  • You happily engage in a conversation about the weather.
  • You have a billion pictures of yourself, and 90% of those you took yourself.
  • Every time you see a Swedish Brand/actor/company/phone/car/furniture store you feel compelled to point that out to your Non-Swedish friends (with barely hidden pride in your voice).
  • You get on the train before letting people off because the train might leave without you!
  • You find it perfectly normal to book a washing machine room several weeks in advance – and no matter what happens on the day (marriage proposal, spontaneous partying, celebrity sighting etc…) you will do your washing on time, dammit!
  • Living with your partner and having kids together without even planning on getting married is perfectly normal.
  • When in other countries you sigh about all the official paperwork that needs to be done, since it’s so much easier in Sweden.
  • You spend most of your summers in the park playing a game with wooden sticks, and when telling confused Non-Swedes about it you insist that it’s the best game ever.
  • You are never too old to get happy and excited when you hear the sounds of the ice cream van.
  • You answer the phone by saying your first name.
  • You end your phone calls with ‘puss puss’ and then don’t understand at all why the English-speaking people around you looks at you like you’re a retard or a pervert.
  • You consider your pet a proper member of the family, and speak to them not with a baby voice (which most nationalities do) but as one would to your average person.
  • You loudly proclaim that the tap water in your home is better than mineral water sold in supermarkets (anywhere in the world).
  • You start a subscription of a magazine just to get hold of the free gift. Then, you quit your subscription.
  • You insist on sitting outside to have lunch/coffee/beer wrapped in a blanket (or two!) although it’s only ten-something degrees outside and barely sunny, since it’s finally time for “uteservering”.
  • You think it’s normal to get your post delivered through a hole in the door81. You go on a date in Sweden and the guy only pays for his own coffee.
  • You wait at least one hour after you’ve eaten before you go swimming. You being Swedish you’re bound to drown otherwise…
  • You believe it is very uncommon for people under twenty five to actually be married
  • After eating at a café/restaurant, you think it’s completely normal to tidy your table, collect all your stuff onto a tray and carry it over a trolley so that the staff doesn’t have to do it.
  • You’re painfully proud to inform a Non-Swede that there actually was an entire week with over 30 degrees Celsius this summer.
  • You read or write a note about how hard it is to do your laundry if the person before you didn’t remove the dust from the tumble drier.’
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3 Responses to “You know you’re from Sweden when…”

  1. Reply laura says:

    haha… this is funny… i can definitely see about 80-90% of these in my husband and his family/friends. 🙂

  2. Reply Anders says:

    I don´t agree at all…

  3. Reply Susi says:

    Don't agree with a lot….but the taking off shoes thing is right on spot:) The swimming thing is so much more Italian than Swedish. Funny reading though.

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