Culture

Living in Europe | Access to the culture of the host country/language courses | Sweden

Freedom, openness, innovation, strive for sustainability and gender equality; these are some of the words and phrases with which the Swedish society could be described. It’s a society where democracy is giving the people a lot of rights; freedom of expression, practice religion of choice, organize demonstrations, form political parties etc.

These rights describe the openness of Sweden and the path to creating an equal society. Read more about the Swedish society at sweden.se/society

Swedish traditions are firmly rooted in history, some so old the origins have been forgotten, some maintained for the sake of the festivities and to give the seasons and the year a familiar cycle with something to look forward to. Read more at sweden.se/culture-traditions

Most Swedes are fluent in English and for some companies it is the official working language. English is also taught as a compulsory foreign language in Swedish schools. Foreign movies have subtitles and original voices of the actors.

Swedes can sometimes seem a bit reserved at first, but people are generally very friendly and are always happy to help and to answer any questions you might have. A good way to get to know Swedish people is to join Swedish societies, clubs, associations and non-profit organisations. Learning some Swedish language is also a good way to experience more of the culture.

Read some Key facts about Sweden at sweden.se