Last year, after being in Sweden for a year, I wrote a post about things I had learnt living in Sweden. Now I am going to share with you some rules for living in Sweden. I hope it can give you a little more insight into life here, and the rules for living in Sweden are not so bad most of the time 🙂
12 Rules For Living In Sweden:
- When parking your car on a street, you must park with it facing the direction of traffic on that side. None of this just nipping into a space on the other side of the road. That involves driving up the road, turning round, and driving back down the road. And yes, we ended up with a parking ticket within 24 hours of purchasing our Swedish car!
- You must hug and kiss when you meet friends. This is not a gentle clasp, but a great big gripping bear hug!
- As much as Swede’s are friendly in their personal lives, it does not extend to general life. If you are in a queue for some reason, you must leave about 2 feet between you and the person in front of you. They need their personal space.
- You NEED to like Eurovision. It is called Melodifestivalen here. It dominates winter TV to boost morale during the dark months, and it also dominates your child’s life both in and out of the classroom. Yes, they do learn about it and discuss it in class.
- You must always have family/friends cosy time of a Friday, known as Fredagsmys. This can take the form of hot chocolates and a movie, or something like candles and tacos, but you must all be chilling and having a cosy time together.
- Develop a taste for salty liquorice…..sorry, new Swedish friends, but I just can not persuade myself this is good even after 2 years…and I LOVE liquorice. In fact, it is only twin 1 that can tolerate this taste combination and delights in buying it as he knows he’ll have them all to himself!!
- Sort every part of your rubbish into a different bin. Our kitchen bin consists of 6 compartments, and then we have three more in the cellar for returning bottles, glass, and anything that needs to go to the tip. You pay by amount of waste your household produces, so get sorting!!!
- Always take your shoes off indoors. You will learn to start taking pride in your socks!! This includes homes, schools, before going into swimming pool changing rooms etc.
- If you need to wait your turn somewhere, for instance, at the pharmacy, tax office, doctor, or bank, you need to take a ticket. Much like you would at a supermarket deli counter in the UK. Forget to take one and you will be waiting a long time.
- You must always have sweets on a Saturday. Lördagsgodis. I can’t say any of our three children have complained about this one of the rules of living in Sweden much at all……just don’t get ambushed by the benign looking salty liquorice lurking there. In fact, it is safest to stay away from any black sweets just in case.
- Be on time. Not early and not late. There is a reason that there is a time for something. Be on that time.
- Use people’s first names and get used to hearing your children talk about their teachers by their first names. Teachers, doctors, dentists….everyone! There is no British formality like behaviour here!
What do you think of these rules for living in Sweden? Do you think you could manage them??!!!! Let me know in the comments below 🙂