If you are a regular reader you will know I am Swedish although you can’t really tell! Sweden has a population of 10 million. In Stockholm, the capital, there is about 1 million. This is, compared with UK and London a very small population. Although Sweden as a country is rather large. Most of the population lives in the middle where Stockholm is located or further south of Sweden.
1.Sweden is known for their watches and chocolates
This is unfortunately very untrue. Switzerland is the country that is famous for watches and chocolates. Both countries are located in Europe however Sweden is part of Scandinavia with Norway and Denmark. Switzerland is located further down and have Germany, France, Italy and Austria as neighbours. It is very common that these two countries gets mixed up. However they are two very different countries with different cultures and language.
2.Sweden has very cold temperatures and its dark
Yes this is partly true, although this is just in winter,just like in many other countries. We have summer days where it can reach up to 30 Celsius degrees. Sometimes even more. Sweden is a very long country, roughly about 1500km from south to north so the temperatures are very different throughout the whole country.Up north it can get very cold during winter and plenty of snow. But in south of Sweden snow is not that common. And no, there is no polar bears walking on the streets!
During winter Sweden is unfortunately very dark. The sun goes down already in the afternoon. But during summer its the opposite. The further up north the lighter it gets, the midnight sun is well known up north and many travel to Sweden to see this, the midnight sun means that at midnight the sun is still out!
3.Swedes can’t speak English
This is so far from the truth. Sweden is a small population and English is a very important language for us, both in business and private. We learn English in school from age 7, and have English lessons pretty much everyday. It is very much a second language. Everyone young from old can communicate in English. The younger kids as young as 5 already know a few English words. This is all very much of the fact that we do not dub any TV shows.I know this is very common in other European countries. But not in Sweden, we have subtitles.
In school we study British English, but we are very much influenced by American TV shows and music. So many Swedes has a more American accent. People visiting Sweden can easily get around, in the big cities and the capital, many signs are both in Swedish and English and if not you can always ask someone. Many foreigners from English speaking countries never really learn Swedish because Swedes want to speak English
4.Swedes are blond and reserved
Sweden is a very diverse country. Especially the capital Stockholm and other larger cities. So no, not all Swedes are blonds. It is however very common that the girls are tall, blond and slim. But there are so many varieties of Swedes.
Yes Swedes can be reserved if your compare with Brits and Americans, but Swedes can be outgoing as well. It may take a while for us to get comfortable and open up. We do like to keep our lives private and not bother others. But we are generally very friendly.
5.All Swedish homes are decorated with IKEA furniture
Yes, Swedes do love IKEA, my home is very much decorated with IKEA furniture. However Swedes also like their designer furniture from the rest of Scandinavia. At the moment Scandinavian interior design is rather popular. It is very light, a lot of whites and very modern.
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If you want to visit Sweden here is a few links that can get you organised to do so!
Where are you from? And what is the most common myth about your country?