English is widely spoken
According to the 2021 Education First English Proficiency Index, Swedes have a high proficiency in English as a second language. English is widely spoken and for some companies, it is the official working language.
Swedes can sometimes seem a bit reserved at first, but people are generally very friendly and are always happy to help and answer any questions you might have. A good way to get to know Swedish people is to join Swedish societies, clubs, associations and non-profit organizations. Learning some Swedish language is also a good way to experience more of the culture.
A well-known national characteristic is the love of nature. Many Swedes like to spend their free time in the forest or by the sea. In Sweden nature is really available to everyone as there is a right of common access which applies to all forests, fields, beaches and lakes across the country.
Swedish people believe in “there is no bad weather, only bad clothes” Swedish people are always prepared for climate change. Sweden is often associated with freezing cold temperatures and plenty of snow. Whilst that may stand true for the northern parts of Sweden.
Sweden's proximity to the North Atlantic and prevailing south-westerly to westerly winds result in a climate that is mild in the winter months, but the northernmost part of the country has a sub-Arctic climate with long, cold and snowy winters.
Swedish cuisine could be described as centered around cultured dairy products, crisp and soft (often sugared) bread, berries and stone fruits, beef, chicken, lamb, pork, eggs, and seafood. Potatoes are often served as a side dish, often boiled.
Traditions in Sweden
Midsummer and Christmas are the most important celebrations in Sweden.
Country-closing Midsummer Eve, celebrating the longest day of the year, is the big one. Other popular celebrations and holidays are Christmas, Easter and Kräftskiva. Days like cinnamon bun day, waffle day and 'Fettisdagen' (Shrove Tuesday) are also being celebrated throughout the country.