Kingdom of Sweden
First, the origins of country names. Kingdom of Sweden referred to as “Swedish.”
“Swedish” name is from the Middle Ages in the southern Lake M?laren establishment of the “Svea country” an evolved. “Svea” Old High German is the “relative” means. Formally established in 1905, “the Kingdom of Sweden.”
Second, the location.
Sweden is located in the eastern half of the Nordic Scandinavian peninsula. Then west and north-west Norway, Finland, the northeast, east of the Gulf of Bothnia sea, southwest is the North Sea.
Third, the main profile.
Swedish National area of ??44.9964 square kilometers (excluding adjacent to the sea). Population 8,382,000 (1986). Mainly Swedes, Finns, Lapps, other nationals accounted for a tiny minority.
Swedish country is divided into 24 provinces and one municipality, located below the provincial municipal area. Capital Stockholm. Currency as “crowns.” The official language is Swedish.
Fourth, social customs.
The general characteristics of social customs of the Swedes could be summed up with these words:
Swedish friend is very talkative, personality straightforward love bluntly;
Feelings of sincere and humorous, outgoing and very optimistic;
Generally unruly behavior, hobbies, interests quite extensive;
People want hi bright confrontation with disgust darkness;
Treat people very warm, polite habit.
Details of life has the following characteristics.
Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, although the same is a Scandinavian country, but the Swedes in the political and social communication than other kingdoms to open up. Swedish special geographical environment and the peace and tranquility of life, both optimistic and formed their taciturn, but both are willing to make a complex and relatively eccentric personality. They have a higher cultural upbringing, civilized conversation, behavior rules. When talking with the guests in general, do not love too close, one meter distance far more compatible. They talk with the guests, there is a special diet, they always like you look at me, I look at you. Think that both seem attached to each other, but also expressed mutual intimacy. When they entertain guests, toast, there are also rules. Under normal circumstances, customers have to wait for the owner, the elderly or people in high positions before toast toast; in the master did not say “please” before not clink and so on. They complete meal dinner guests, the total from the table happy guests expressed gratitude to the owner, and also express my gratitude once again to call the next day, otherwise they will think you are impolite. They do not want the afternoon social activities. Because they are generally accustomed to 14:00 to 5:00 rest between, 10pm to 2am until after activities. Their favorite quiet and elegant environment, it is doubly love flowers, especially water lily flower crown more preference. They like blackbirds, that it imitate a variety of birds chirping, sounds mildly appealing, particularly pleasing. Therefore, it is also for the national bird of its metaphor. They are wearing the ring both for decoration, but also a symbol of occupation. General ring pattern on oak leaves, mostly secondary school teachers; has a bunch of black locust leaves, an ax and a cross intertwined patterns, mostly for carpenters; decorated with a crown pattern who may Cabo workers. However, the symbolic occupation of the ring is worn on the index finger, unlike the wedding ring worn on the ring finger. Sweden Kuideng Na women like to use aroma of flowers made earrings. They even put together with many garlands made Zhichui shoulders, elegant colors such as green, yellow, white, etc., meet friends, first to hear the other party earrings for the ceremony, if the other party earrings no aroma, smell mold who would think that touched the head. Swedes vote pro-church members, always ready with a bouquet of flowers or a box of chocolates. They think that it is a necessary etiquette.
Swedes meet with guests, the general practice to shake hands for the ceremony. They also applied kissing ceremony, but not a lot to see. Lapps in Sweden to meet with each other rubbing his nose as a courtesy; Samoan places nose sniffing each other for the ceremony. Sweden Eskimos acquaintances meet, like each other with fists pounding head and shoulders, to show courtesy.
Understanding of Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland, the cultural differences between, it is shown that visitors prudent careful flags.
Dating and punctual.
Punctual for appointments must be done, especially when you’re invited to a stranger at home when the Swedes.
Hospitality and gifts.
Send a bouquet of flowers to the hostess would be welcome.
Since drunk driving is severely punished, at a social gathering usually designated one person as the driver, who is not allowed to drink.
Toasting the form than the other Scandinavian countries are more formal. For example, if you know the following of these old-school etiquette, it will leave a good impression to the owner:
⊿ Never in your host or you are bit high than older people to give them before you toast toast.
⊿ to wait for the owner to say “Skoal” (Cheers) before drinking.
⊿ Strictly speaking, this is the toast of the action; put the glass from the waist upward lift to Qi conspicuous place, look at each other and say “Skoal”, gulp, and then toward the bottom of the cup masters, then put the empty cup back to the table.
Talk about can involve many aspects, but do not go comments on Swedish culture or politics.
Six, beliefs taboo.
Most Swedes are Protestant, although there claiming religious freedom, but the Lutheran Church (Lutheran) Church of nature with the country, with approximately 90% of the country’s population Christians, followed by a Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Judaism.
Swede taboo stranger asked about their political leanings, family economic situation, age, religion, action whereabouts and other issues. Because this is their private affair, no others know. Sweden is a semi-temperance country, so the wine is not available as a gift, they are taboo, “13″, that “13″ would only bring disaster and grief. They are particularly taboo yellow, blue group color. They abstain from someone in front of your nose or picking his nose, which is considered shameful and immoral. They abstain from someone hurts birds and cats, dogs and other animals, that this is some of the animals should be protected. Under the watchful eyes of their words and deeds appear excessive intimacy could not understand, and think it is immoral. They abstain from smoking in public places casually. Think so harmful to the health of others. They do not like too much greasy food; Some people do not eat eggs.
Seven, eating habits.
Swede dinner guests, there is a stubborn habit, they are generally required to make guests sit in the owner’s left. They are generally used to eat Continental food, eat ham and cream cakes and other foods. Chinese food is also quite like it. They especially like lean meat tenderizer and a variety of fresh vegetables, and is ready to drink soup.
Swedes in eating habits has the following characteristics:
① focus attention dishes tender and burnt, pay attention to thick soup.
② general taste taste hi light, prefer sweet, spicy Road.
③ staple food to pasta, eat dumpling, steamed dumplings, rolls, pastries, etc.; also love to eat rice; eat Western food like cakes, cream cakes and other snacks.
④ non-staple food eat pork, ham, beef, venison, venison, chicken, duck, fish, shrimp, sea cucumber and egg; vegetables eat potatoes, cabbage, eggplant, green peppers, onions, cauliflower, tomatoes, cucumbers, mustard, etc.; spices hi, tomato sauce, chili powder, cloves, coriander Wando son, black pepper, vinegar, sugar and so on.
⑤ Method for mixing, frying, roasting, grilling, fire, rely on, deep-fried cooking methods such as the production of food preference.
⑥ favorite Chinese Cantonese Chinese and Sichuan cuisine.
⑦ appreciate recipes mixed lettuce, potatoes, roast beef, roast seafood clear, hot and sour cucumbers, Youpao shrimp, crispy chicken, braised fish, wafer steak, spicy meat, bamboo shoots pigeons tablets, ham Grilled cabbage, green spring rolls, lettuce chicken, oyster mushroom, shrimp segment by fire, meat roasted eggplant, fragrant hemp chicken breast, tomato soup and other dishes.
⑧ Shuijiu generally do not drink liquor; Some people still prefer beer on ice; other drinks to coffee, cocoa, soft drinks; mineral water very strong interest; mostly love thirsty milk and scented tea.
⑨ fruit eat apples, strawberries; litchi, watermelon and other fruit; nuts like peanuts, raisins, etc.