More funny things about Swedes

12 Apr
2009

When I was back in the US visiting the Swede’s former roommates (also Swedes), they have some distinctive Swedish traits. Now these guys are not the average Swedes because they neither have great fashion sense nor have funny hair. We call this genre of Swedes, the programmers and dorks. They dress like normal Americans many times. Shocking, no?

But alas, a few observations.

The underwear walk. Þorbjörn and his roommates have a tendency of walking around the house early in the morning (or late night) in a t-shirt and boxer briefs. Having girls around don’t matter; it’s our problem if we get embarrassed. He explained once, “don’t look,” then added, “silly Americans, scared of boys in underwear.” Now I don’t mind but the first I saw this, I was a bit embarrassed and shy. Where am I supposed to look??

Settling the bills. They keep immaculate records of who pays what, where, when, how much and then divvy up the receipts accordingly. Good for me then, because I can be a be slack on keeping track.

Keep the house tidy. They are four boys, and dammit they will keep it clean. Dishes done after dinner, table cleaned. Shoes are neatly piled at the doorway entrance (they may live in the US but no shoes in the house). Counter tops always clean. Not so much after my initial presence in the house was to impress more than maintain as standard. Bathrooms are washed down every week or so. No need to worry about smelly, dirty bachelor pad in this house. So true so true.

Discussing things to death. Swedes love to discuss. Swedes also love to ponder decisions. Put the two together and sometimes it can take awhile before anything happens. I have to admit though, they do their research before making a serious decision. I found the American Swedes to be more changing and quick to decisions than the Swedish Swedes.

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6 Responses to More funny things about Swedes

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Mary

February 14th, 2011 at 21:50

I so enjoyed reading 10 funny things about Swedes. I married a Swede 43 years ago. Love,love,love him! To this day he walks around our house in his boxers , has breakfast in them and is actually American born ,but his parents came from Sweden and he picked up his habits from them. I had the pleasure of knowing my in-laws. They came to America in their 20’s but that lovely swedish accent remained all their lives here. They kept their Swedish customs and enjoyed teaching others about them.

Thank you

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Isak

March 6th, 2012 at 09:16

Porbjörn? That sure is a strange name, even in Sweden. Are you completely sure he’s not called Torbjörn? When i hear Por i come to think of pormaskar = acne :)

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Sapphire

March 6th, 2012 at 10:21

@Isak – It should be Þorbjörn.

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killen med pillen

March 7th, 2012 at 02:38

Þorbjörn is icelandic and probably very rare in sweden, i have never heard the name before and i live in Swdens capital Malmö :) haha

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Sapphire

March 7th, 2012 at 10:04

@killen med pillen – I know.

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Bowman

January 5th, 2013 at 17:59

Þ is a rune for Th guys, his name is ”Thorbjörn” if writthen without the rune. Þ means thorn, among other things. :)

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