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Wondering what the Swedish lifestyle is all about? Find out in this article.

If you are moving to Sweden for the first time, you might not yet be aware of its population's way of life. It can seem quite mysterious at first, but once you've got acquainted to it, you will definitely enjoy mingling with the relaxed and friendly Swedish people.

After-work

In general, streets are quite bustling and noisy on Saturday evenings, but in Stockholm, the environment remains calm and natural. There is no rush and people walk around in a relaxed and serene ambiance.

Indeed, Saturday nights are highly valued by the Swedish people. Families usually go out to the supermarket to buy big packets of sweets in the numerous specialized sweet corners.

In Summer, which lasts for three months, the common local habits include beach barbecues, midnight dips and campfires. In short, the Swedish people are very active and like to spend time with their family and friend, surrounded by lush and soothing nature.

Nature

Nature is almost essential and omnipresent in Sweden. As you might have learned from the article Leisure in Sweden, land is shared as per the Allemansrätten, which is the “right of free access”. According to this law, anyone can move anywhere, even on private property. Thus, you can even go camping on a private property, provided you act responsibly and respect the surroundings. Indeed, the Swedish are very conscious about the fact that, according to scientific researches, spending time in a natural environment helps reduce stress, stimulates mental health and lowers blood pressure.

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99% of household wastes are recycled or used to produce electricity? In fact, renewable energy accounts for 51% of the national production.

Cuisine

The Swedish people are very keen about nature and fruit-picking. Indeed, you are often likely to find them going out with their family to pick berries and mushrooms.

Traditional menus, for their part, include winter resistant fruits and vegetables such as potatoes and rutabaga. But you are also likely to find foreign products, fruits and vegetables in supermarkets.

Life and work balance

The Swedish people seem to have found the perfect life and work balance despite the 40 hours working week, thanks to family laws.

For instance, the parental leave allows them to enjoy a total of 480 days over 8 years. You will also come across Swedish families who will move to their traditional cabin on weekends.

 Good to know:

In early October, the municipality of Göteborg tested the 30 hours working week. The objective was to reduce stress and enhance the employees' welfare and quality of life.

Fika

Fika seems to be an institution on its own. This tradition involves people getting together for a coffee and a piece of cake. Indeed, people the Swedish like to get together to relax and discuss with one another while eating a cinnamon bun.

 Good to know:

Almost very Swedish national takes 360 cinnamon buns a year.

Home and cold

As winters are quite dark and cold, the Swedish are likely to remain cozy at home. Indeed, most homes have light furniture, bright colors and warm metals. Note that the Swedish are entitled to free light therapy sessions due to the lack of sunlight.

In general, the Swedish are used to cold temperatures all year round. Thus, babies are likely to enjoy their nap, bundled up in their covered baby carriage. So if you are moving there, you better start getting used to the cold as always staying at home is not healthy.

Lagom

Lagom can be translated as moderation or interpreted as the right balance. Indeed, the Swedish people never exaggerate in whatever situation. Moderation seems to be the key for a balanced and serene lifestyle.

 Useful links:

Expat.com – Everyday life in Sweden Forum 
Visit Sweden www.visitsweden.com
Sweden Official Portal sweden.se

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