Monday, January 01, 2007

When you have lived in Sweden for a long time

After living in Sweden for about a year, i noticed that i had changed in certain ways of looking at various aspects of life, doing things and reacting to people. It is quite interesting when one thinks about it. I collected a couple of this Swedish behavioral patterns of thinking , doing things and also got some of them from friends.

Here are some of the behavioral patterns that will be linked to you after living in Sweden for a certain period of time. It is part of the culture here. It is subjective and there are common things one sees everyday. Here are some of them :-

  • You get extremely annoyed when the bus is two minutes late.
  • You become a punctuality freak and dump your friends for being late more than once.
  • When offered a bottle of beer the first thing you look at is the alcoholic percentage .
  • You use the alcohol percentage-per-kroner standard for measuring the quality of beer and wine.
  • You get extremely annoyed when somebody is five to ten minutes minutes late.
  • The first thing you do upon entering a bank/post office/chemist etc. is to look for the queue number machine.
  • You think it is normal EVERYTHING is regulated and you obey the rules voluntarily.
  • When a stranger on the street smiles at you, you assume that he is either drunk, insane or is he's an American .
  • When someone asks you for "sex" you assume they mean half-a-dozen.
  • You no longer fold your paper money. You always put your money in your wallet
  • Silence is fun.
  • You think that riding a bicycle in the snow is a perfectly sensible thing to do
  • You become extremely skilled at assembling prepackaged furniture kits
  • You always thinking about of changing ques in a grocery store.
  • Your idea of unforgivable behaviour now includes walking across the street when the light is red and there is no WALK symbol, even though there are no cars in sight.
  • It no longer seems excessive to spend 1,000kr or 100 euro on alcohol in a single night
  • You regard it as sensible to eat ice cream when it is –15C.
  • Paying $6 for a cup of coffee seems reasonable.
  • You start to differentiate between types of snow.
  • You accept you must walk 2 kilometres to collect your book/tape from the Post Office, because they don't deliver small packages (or large ones)
  • You own a pocket calendar.
  • You start avoiding your neighbour.
  • It's normal to have an entire pizza just for yourself.

You

I hope you are enjoying Sweden and i hope you have a good time when you are in Sweden. You will joins us in looking at the percentage content of alcohol of a beer can or bottle when you are offered one.

1 comment:


Ngalaqvist >>> Good one !