If you are a student in sweden, there are some essential things you need to know.
Fika: the perfect moment that makes you come through the Swedish weather with a smile on: COFFEE+DESSERT
Kanelbullar: delicious Swedish cinnamon roll topped with pearl sugar. Just let it sweeten your day!
Midsommar: In June Swedes celebrate the mid of summer. It’s a traditional party where everyone sits outside and eats together and of course drinks a lot of snaps. The midsommar stång is the traditional long “flower tree” which the Swedes put up after they decorated it with flowers and green branches. When it is standing on the ground Swedes start dancing around it and sing a lot of funny songs.
Öl: don’t worry, it isn’t oil… it’s your best friend during the times when wind will blow through your wallet: BEER
Pick a number, please: Everywhere in Sweden you need to queue, that’s for sure. But you’ll be as well forced to exercise patience as you wait to be served in a numbered queue. So you pick a number and wait till your number shows up on a screen-have fun waiting.
Queueing time: it is either time to get annoyed with the system, or time well spent with your friends, you decide :) But it’s probably very much related to how thick your clothes are.
Tip: if you go to the nations 15min before they open, you won’t have to queue so much (unless all our readers will start doing so)
Shoes off, please!: when you enter a Swedish house, you need to be aware of being kindly asked to take off your shoes. And to be absolutely 100% Swedish, bring another pair of house shoes.
Stereotypes: ABBA, Volvo, blondes and IKEA
Swedish food: meatballs, meatballs and meatballs, with lingonberry sauce sprinkled on top
Systembolaget: high prices, never opened, no service… but unfortunately the only place to get some real booz in Sweden (i.e. more than the aweful 3.5% light beer)
Tack: probably one of the only Swedish words you will know when you leave , unless you really attend Swedish courses: THANKS
Toothpaste: No not the toothpaste you are thinking about. Squeezing food out of toothpaste tubes is typical Swedish. Either Caviar, cheese or mustard. Everything comes out of a colorful toothpaste tube.
University library: here’s where you should pay the rent, instead of the apartment you live in
Weather: forget the “there is no such thing as bad weather” saying… nobody believes that while getting soaked on their bikes