- - Traditionally women were not supposed to participate in a cheer/toast (skål) but could skål each other, and juniors were not supposed to skål seniors if their own sex unless the senior had first toasted the junior. (Did not know that but doesn't surprise me.)
- - It is considered bad luck to skål in water. (Is it??)
- - Swedes serve dinner and dessert followed by coffee and more cake. (Maybe, but if so a small piece of chocolate or bisquit with the coffee rather than cake.)
- - Weddings can go on for a few days, and at least late into the night. (A few days?? I think they are getting us confused with India.)
- - It used to be unacceptable to use loud outdoor machinery on Sundays, for example lawn mowers, hedge clippers, etc. Nowadays, there are people who mow their lawns on Sundays after church hours (1 p.m.) but they may get some dirty looks from more conservative neighbours. (If there are any dirty looks, I'm sure it's just because it's disturbing someone's leisurely garden time rather than anything else.)
Thursday, February 03, 2011
Read an old document (from work) on social customs in Sweden and learnt a few need things. Apparently...