social convention

Getting Friendly With the Swede Breed

A few days’ worth of trawling the travel blogosphere has shown me that many foreigners find it difficult to make friends in Sweden. Travellers and expats have recounted their shock at struggling to establish friendships with Swedes, while establishing friendships in their home or other countries comes more easily. However, this shock doesn’t occur because Swedes are unfriendly and probably stems from unfamiliarity with Swedish social convention.

An understanding of social protocols is essential to being able to make friends in Sweden.

An understanding of social protocols is essential to being able to make friends in Sweden.

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