40 things I learned in Stockholm one year later

It’s been one year since i first visited Sweden. Some of my opinions changed, some are still the same. Check out 2007’s 40 things in Stockholm to get an idea.

Let’s see, what did we learn in one year:

  • Stockholm people cannot drive, obey traffic signals, or stop for pedestrians
  • Males who are from Stockholm have the slick backed, douchy, hair
  • Men love wearing pointy-toed leather shoes
  • Stekare is term used to describe snobby, stuck up, douchy haired males (usually from Stockholm)
  • The T-bana is a chaotic mess on Friday and Saturday nights
  • Crayfish is pretty darn tasty…pour down that aquavit
  • Systembolaget has a line to enter the store on Fridays…buy your beer earlier!
  • Swedes are lying (okay deluded) when they tell you Sytembolaget has a great selection of alcohol. And you can place an order for things not in the catalog too!
  • Females still wear the stupid looking leggings from the 80s
  • Swedish pizza is the best food that the country can offer
  • Men won’t flirt with women unless they are on the verge of blacking out
  • Everything is fucking expensive in Stockholm; if you are not broke in one week you really weren’t in Stockholm
  • Swedish men in general have issues showing emotions
  • Females still wear the baggy t-shirts from the 80s
  • Some men carry “purses”
  • Friday and Saturday are reserved for getting completely wasted. Drunk isn’t good enough
  • Swedes freak out when things are late
  • Some Swedes are passive aggressive. Other Swedes love to get pissed off
  • No one holds the door for you; watch your nose
  • With one of highest life expectancy rates in the world, they sure drink, smoke, and drink coffee like there’s no tomorrow
  • Drivers still don’t understand the meaning of “pedestrians first”
  • Sill is a delicacy according to the Swedes
  • One only eats candy on Saturdays
  • Mexican restaurants are no where to be found
  • Swedish men have issues talking; sometimes you have to kick them in the balls to hear them speak
  • There’s no such thing as a discount
  • Forget flirting with everyone, you will just look stupid
  • Walk fast and look at the sky and hope others don’t talk to you
  • Meeting the boyfriend’s family is no big deal

18 thoughts on “40 things I learned in Stockholm one year later”

  1. Yeah, that’s about my estimate… only I’m a passive agressive flirt, wife or no! :-)

  2. 4. The big thing with stekare is that they are born rich, not that they are native stockholmers?

    13. This is because we really do got less emotions, it’s not that we don’t dare showing them, I think. Because we dare pushing babystrollers alone on the street, and that’s a bigger thing.

    19. Door-holding as a compulsory thing is phony niceness and something that is generally bad for people. If someone hold it for me, I have to walk fast, maybe faster than I originally wanted. And what if I wasn’t even going through it, or wanted to stop to start typing a text message. “People expect OTHER people to hold doors FOR them.”

    20. Smoke: more than California, way less than France and Yugoslavia.

    21. A law that has been created because some bureaucrat assumed that they could save some lives per year, not because they wanted to create more compulsory niceness.

    29. FAMILY is no big deal.

    I thought about the Swedish male look too. I think this is more of a northern/developed country thing in general. As in the US, and in difference to, say, South America, we are pretty unisex and mix our genders casually. We partly do it because we can AFFORD doing it: there’s still a huge difference because our genders, physically, for example, males are much taller than women. That’s why we don’t have to put on airs, we’re still men – we dare appearing shy because we are still men, and we will prove to be manly in many other situations, after the females has made some more effort to approach us.

    But, in South America there is smaller natural differences between the genders. And that might be one of the reasons why South American men feel that they have to put on more airs, and therefore create the latin macho thing…which really isn’t so macho after all.

  3. “19. Door-holding as a compulsory thing is phony niceness and something that is generally bad for people. ”

    Seriously? Generally bad for people? That’s the funniest excuse I’ve ever heard… I guess the phony niceness is debatable, but being from a country where that’s a given, I can tell you when WE do it– it’s far from phony. We like each other. We care about each other. We are considerate of each other. So we hold doors for each other, and if that means taking two steps faster to appreciate the consideration, we do it out of gratitude– and that isn’t phony.

    Nor is it generally bad for people. Too too funny.

  4. “No one holds the door for you; watch your nose”

    Well, where I live people always holds the door for you.. and I live in Sweden.

    But, it can be that it is in the northern part and not in Stockholm.

    =)

  5. Okay, this holding the door for others thing often goes beyond plain niceness and consideration… Sometimes it’s simply a matter of safety, for cryin’ out loud! If someone is right behind you and you don’t hold the door for them, it can come slamin’ back at them and cause injury for pete’s sakes! Hold the fricken’ door open – for men and women alike – if a person is right behind you. That is common sense, as plain as day. Now, if they aren’t right behind you, but a few steps away, it is a matter of consideration. It’s just a nice thing to do. Again for both men and women to do for both men and women. As for those who hold the door for people that are many steps away, I do agree that this must be stopped, simply because it isn’t consideration – even though I understand it is meant as such – to force a person to speed up for their own agenda. This is annoying, as I have been on the other end of this one, forced to run for the door in order to allow the person holding that door to move on. There is nothing good mannered about this. So, please do hold the door open when someone is either right behind you or just a few steps away, but NOT if they are far enough for it to be an inconvenience on both parties. Thank you.

  6. OMG! This is sooo funny!!! I could think that I was the only one that thought like that about Sweden, although, I think Swedes dont mean to be rude but they r just not really paying attention to whats around them, maybe cause they are too shy to even looking around! but some of this is soooo true! LOL!!!
    “Friday and Saturday are reserved for getting completely wasted. Drunk isn’t good enough”
    “Swedish men have issues talking; sometimes you have to kick them in the balls to hear them speak”
    LOL…those were the best comments!!

  7. Some of the seemingly negative or rude things that people think about Swedes is in fact some of the things that attract me to Sweden. I haven’t really met that many Swedes, but those I have, were all really awesome. In fact the nicest, smartest and politest foreigners here that I’ve met.
    Anyway, I’ve learned so much about differences in culture just by reading here (and other sites). I’d like to think people are smart enough to take everything they read with a grain of salt. :)

  8. @fff Yes hopefully they do take what they read with a grain of salt.
    Most people who thinks Swedes are rude and unpolite. Is mostly because they are coming from a country and culture thats more or less completely opposite of Sweden in how they behave in public.

    In Sweden we dont think we are being rude or anything like that so dont hate us to much =)

  9. This video made me laugh so much :D. I am now fully equipped for my future social interactions in Sweden.

    To be honest, I have not experienced any of this. All the Swedes that I have encountered or I have to deal with have been very friendly, polite :-)

  10. You will probably encounter this in Sweden if you have never been here before. But Swedes tend to not behave like this once we are outside our border.

    Why we do that once we are outside of Sweden to be honest I dont know for sure. But I can guess that we know people usually dont behave like we do in other countries.
    So we probably tend to be more like more like most others so we can get along better idk ;)

  11. Yer, that’s my impression of Stockholm to. Next time go to Gothenburg. It’s much better.

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