I’m over the rain! I was hoping Sweden could show me its best side before I leave and treat me with some warm and sunny summer weather. But no, all it does is rain. Every single day! The picture below has been circling around Facebook lately and has made both one and two Swedes laugh I think so I thought I would share it with you too.
I can’t really figure out if it’s a joke or the real thing. But it’s funny either way!
While browsing the internet on the subject I found some interesting information. Don’t ask me why I did the search in the first place, I mean I should know first hand what Swedes are like, shouldn’t I? I know it’s pretty long but it is pretty funny and has some good points so it can be worth ploughing through.
A Swede is tall, blond, blue-eyed, and wears a woolly hat in the winter. By nature he is shy, reserved, serious, industrious, and finds it hard to laugh at himself. He is also a creature of habit and every morning gets up at 5.30 to give himself enough time to read the morning newspaper before going to work. Since work does not usually start until 8 o’clock, this can only imply that a Swede is also a slow reader. Read more
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. Read more
I came across an article from 2009 in The Local that I’d like to share with you. It’s American blogger Kommissarie F. Curiosa who at the time prepared to wrap up a seven years stay in Sweden and shared her revised reflections on Swedish mating and dating. It’s amusing and in many cases spot on so have a read and a laugh.
With one of the highest birth rates in Europe, the Swedes seem to be pretty prolific when it comes to making babies, but even after six plus years of living in Stockholm, I’m still not sure how Swedish relationships actually happen.
The only obvious explanation seems to be massive quantities of alcohol. In other words, Swedish babies wouldn’t exist without Finnish booze cruises and Systembolaget.
In recent months, The Local has reported that Swedes are much less inclined than their European counterparts to spend vast sums of cash in their efforts to find a mate. This didn’t surprise me at all. That’s because they spend it all on alcohol trying to get themselves drunk enough to talk to a member of the opposite sex.
I know that it will seem ungrateful to be accusing my host country of being a nation of stingy alcoholics, and I’ll be the first to admit that a few drinks can be a fantastic social lubricant. It’s probably also a case of “it’s not the Swedes, it’s me,” but Swedish mating and dating rituals (and usually in that order) appear to be a very slow process that go nowhere (except the bedroom) fast.
In a nutshell, it goes something like this:
- Meet at a mutual friend’s party.
- Get really, really drunk.
- Make out. Sex is optional. Read more