If you’re planning on visiting Sweden for the first time, I’m sure you’re dying from curiosity about what to expect. Well, get ready to experience a country where the present meets the past and the future. In Sweden, the shine of multi-billion dollar tech companies and the simplicity of locals exist side by side.
You will immerse yourself in the history and enjoy the cuisines on offer. After visiting this European powerhouse, you will come away with the realization that Sweden’s culture of equality is not only idealistic but realistic. You will meet a lot of Sweden hotties who are nothing but calm and unassuming. In the end, Sweden will leave an indelible mark on you.
However, there are some more things you should know before you begin your trip. Let’s look at a few of those, shall we?
Travel During the Summer
The best time to travel to Sweden is during the summer. At this time, the sun dazzles, which makes for more time for you to go explore the country and take in the sights.
With the refreshing rays on your side, you can take as many photographs as you can. The only issue may be that for the first few days, you could be a bit disoriented as your sense of time might be destabilized due to seemingly longer days. The opposite is the case in winter, with the sun bailing on you for days on end.
If You Speak English, You’ll Be Okay
Many travelers visiting Sweden grabbed their language books or registered on Duolingo and Rosetta Stone just to ensure that they interact with the locals. You can imagine their disappointment (or relief) to find that many Swedes are fluent in the English language. If you already know how to speak the Swedish Svenska, then that’s a bonus. However, if you don’t, there’s no need to worry. Your knowledge of the English language should get you through your stay in most parts of Sweden.
Prepare to Enjoy the Famous Fika
The locals make no secret of their love for coffee. They love it so much that they made a culture out of taking it with biscuits and cookies. That’s what they call Fika, and trust me when I say you can’t go wrong with it. You could add some milk, and if you’re lactose intolerant, you could add some oat or soy milk. Whichever way you choose, when in Sweden, get ready to join the league of Fika devotees.
Swedes Are Pretty Psyched About The Summer
If you’re visiting Sweden travelling to the tourist sites and relaxing, then it could be your first line of thinking. However, nothing excites Swedes more than the thought of summer. In your first few hours on Swedish soil, this is what you will inevitably discover.
Not unlike many other parts of the world, Sweden travel restrictions are currently in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, that doesn’t faze the locals one bit. If you visit the country in the summer, you will notice that city centers are not as packed as they should be. At that time, Swedish girls and boys are already off to have fun and bathe in the sun at beaches. Because Sweden is cold for most of the year, these youngsters love to enjoy a lot of time outdoors when the sun comes up.
Swedes Don’t Litter
Sweden has made no secret of the fact that they consider recycling the 11th commandment. If you’re visiting Sweden, you should be aware of their pervasive recycling culture. On average, a household may have up to eight different recycle bins. Then, each bin would be used to recycle a different kind of material.
This shows how seriously they take waste disposal. So do not litter the streets while exploring local sights and make sure you throw trash in the proper bin. Try your possible best to reuse and recycle.
In Sweden, Everyone Is Equal
Sweden ranks 4th on the Global Equality Index, and that says a lot about the Swedes. Sweden is way ahead of most of the world when it comes to how equally it handles its citizens. Swedish lawmakers have put a lot in place to ensure that no one is found on the fringes of society, especially based on their gender.
For example, you will find that men enjoy a 90-day leave from work annually. Women enjoy paid maternity leave for up to 18 months, and animals are not left out, as it is against the law to leave a pet at home for a period exceeding six hours. If you’re thinking of moving to Sweden permanently, then it should please you to know that there’s no room for sexism over there.
If you’re in Stockholm, then this tip probably won’t be of much help to you. However, if you’re in any other city, then you should be on the lookout. The first discouraging thing you will learn from the locals is the fact that some of them are pickpockets. Knowing this, you should be careful with your valuables, especially around strangers.
Make sure that there are no items in your back pockets. Be alert when you enter rough areas and when in a crowd, ensure that your backpack is worn on the front. These little adjustments could save you a lot of trouble.
The Locals Are Welcoming
The last and best part of the trip to Sweden should be interaction with locals. Once you get past the initial cold shoulder you may get from strangers, it’s all uphill from there. You will find that Swedes are reserved, warm, welcoming, and fun to be around. They are quite benign and unselfish, and they are a very stylish populace.
Sweden is one of the few places in the world where you can easily blend in. So if you plan on visiting it, get ready to let your hair down and have some fun. Keep an open mind, pay attention to all the tips in this article, and I assure you that your trip to Sweden will be a tale your grandchildren will relish.