Customs and traditions
From the outside, Swedish society is usually
perceived as equal, peaceful and prosperous. Swedes
often appear quite friendly but cool in their
appearance. It is relatively uncommon for you to be loud
or show strong feelings in public in Sweden. Some may
perceive Swedes as shy, others as uninterested or even
out of whack and cool.
Cruelty is often seen with oblivious ears,
"justified" is often highlighted as a guideline. The
so-called Janet Act - you should not believe that you
are something, or that you are better than anyone else -
has a strong position. It could possibly be said that an
increasingly individual-oriented Western culture has
contributed to the unlocking of the Janet Act in Sweden
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But equality is still considered important. In child
rearing, it is often emphasized more that one should be
a good team player than one should exalt oneself. At the
same time, children are largely brought up to be
independent individuals. Many foreign observers find
that Swedish society is child-friendly. Children can be
seen and heard in most contexts, and it is considered
important to listen to children's opinions as well.
Community support for families is extensive, and
parental leave among the absolute most generous in the
Equality is largely an ideal even in workplaces.
Hierarchies are relatively invisible and the interaction
between employees in different positions is relatively
unforced. Titles are rarely used and most people use
"you" and first names when they address each other. The
dress code in Sweden is often much less strict than
elsewhere, except possibly in the business world.
When it comes to gender equality, Sweden is far ahead
in international comparisons.
Punctuality is very important. You are expected to
arrive at a meeting or an invitation in time - it is not
uncommon for anyone who is only a quarter late to hear
about it, which would seem strange in many other
countries. An invitation should also be avoided to
arrive too soon.
A peculiarity that many from other countries perceive
as odd is that Swedes often take off their shoes when
they enter someone's home. Among the elderly and in
formal contexts, it is common to have indoor shoes or
slippers, but it is also common for other relatively
well-dressed people to appear in the sock.
At meals it is considered unfavorable to take the
last of the food. The Swede can divide a pie into ever
more minimal pieces without thinking about the matter,
just because everyone wants to avoid being the one who
borrows the dish. At the same time, it is good to eat
everything on your own plate. This is especially true if
you have prepared the food yourself.
At formal invitations, the hostess at the table (ie
on her left side) is expected to give a speech and thank
the food for all the guests.
Swedish cuisine is perhaps best known for the
sandwich table, a word that has even been imported into
English. On the sandwich table there are many
traditional dishes, such as herring in various forms as
well as dug, smoked and uncooked salmon, ham and other
cold cuts, and meatballs.
Most holidays in Sweden have a Christian background,
although society is largely non-religious. Christmas is
the most important family holiday. Christmas Eve is most
important, but family dinners and family reunions often
last for several days. Many view the entire Christmas
and New Year period, which extends until the thirteenth
day of January 6, as an extended weekend. Even during
Easter, it is common to gather for family dinners.
Pentecost is an important weekend for the church, but
since 2005, the Second Pentecost, which always falls on
a Monday, has been replaced as a public holiday by the
National Day on June 6. It was formerly known as Swedish
Flag Day and is therefore celebrated because Gustav Vasa
was elected king on June 6, 1523, and that date of 1809
was adopted on that date (see Older history).
New Year, election evening (April 30) and not least
Midsummer Eve are important holidays as you often spend
time with family and friends.
C-proposal on free immigration
The Center Party idea program group proposes, among
other things, free immigration and also wants to open
for polygamy. The proposals provoke a stormy debate,
which forces party leader Annie Lööf to distance
himself. In an opinion poll, the Center Party gets its
worst figures in twelve years, 3.4 percent.
New order of fighter aircraft
The Riksdag says yes to the Government's order of
40-60 JAS Gripen plan for SEK 90 billion until 2042.
SD representatives are forced to leave Parliament
Swedish Democrat Lars Isovaara leaves his
parliamentary seat after offending a guard of foreign
origin and lying that he has been exposed to a robbery.
SD representative resigns after video expiring
The Swedish Democrats' economic policy spokesman Erik
Almqvist resigns after video revelations of street riots
in Stockholm, where Almqvist and another Swedish
Democrat armed himself with iron pipes and quarreled his
opponents. Almqvist leaves his parliamentary seat later
in the year.
Swedish Match reveals corruption attempts
The Swedish tobacco company Swedish Match reveals
that it has been asked to bribe the EU Commission to
lift the EU export ban on snuff. Maltese Commissioner
Johan Dalli, in charge of consumer affairs, is forced to
step down after the disclosure.
Electric car manufacturers buy Saab
The company Nevs buys most of the bankruptcy estate
after Saab (see December 2011 and Industry). According
to the buyer, electric cars will start being
manufactured in Trollhättan within a couple of years.
No change of constitution
In a final report, an investigation concludes that
the principles of freedom of expression and expression
should be retained, albeit in a simpler and more
accessible form. The development of technology with new
media had led to the multi-year investigation to see if
the existing laws would be replaced with a new one,
which would apply to all media regardless of technology.
Ambassador expelled from Minsk
Belarus expels Sweden's ambassador Stefan Eriksson
for meeting opposition groups and "destroying" relations
between Stockholm and Minsk. In the background, there is
Belarusian anger that a Swedish advertising company has
dropped hundreds of teddy bears from the air over
Belarus with messages of freedom of expression and human
rights. The Belarussian government also calls its
ambassador to Stockholm and a new one will only be
appointed in 2018. Sweden sends a new ambassador to
Weak support for KD
After the Christian Democrats' party leadership
battle (see January 2012), the party in an opinion poll
receives only 2.4 percent support.
New Minister of Defense
Karin Enström, moderate professional officer, becomes
new Minister of Defense.
Saudi revelation causes minister to resign
It is revealed that the Total Defense Research
Institute (FOI) is assisting Saudi Arabia with the
construction of a weapons factory, which, according to
critics, violates the ban on selling military equipment
to countries that violate human rights. The disclosure
leads to the resignation of Defense Minister Sten
New heir to the throne
Crown Princess Victoria has a daughter, Estelle, who
becomes heir to his mother.
Håkan Juholt resigns as party leader for the Social
Democrats after strong pressure within the party, not
least after the disclosure of incorrect rental subsidies
(see October 2012). Metal chairman Stefan Löfven is
appointed Social Democrats new party leader.