Exaggerations aside, the average Swede is less likely to talk to a stranger, unless being asked for directions.
I think it could be something to do with the weather: if it’s cold and wet you’re less likely to take the time to stop and chat to people in the street, and that behaviour becomes ingrained.
I recently had a meeting to plan for another meeting, which was itself preparation for the main meeting. All these meetings may seem unnecessary and inefficient to the outsider, but they are part of Sweden’s consensus culture.
Everyone is welcome to give his or her opinion, and those opinions are listened to.
’ And I have to say the answer is a resounding yes – but don’t expect them all to be tall, blonde and blue-eyed.
Do, however, expect them to be strong-minded and independent.
A word of advice: Many Swedes think it’s rude to pry and ask personal questions, so don’t be offended if your new Swedish friend doesn’t ask for your life history. Once you’ve got past that ‘obstacle’, the Swede is as friendly and warm as anyone else.
Saab, the other brand that once accounted for similarly large percentage of car sales, has disappeared from the list altogether, having collapsed despite frantic efforts to save it in 2011.But his employees won’t speak up because in their company culture pointing out mistakes is taboo.In Sweden, the open-door policy usually isn’t needed because managers share an open-plan office with their employees.Plus summers in Sweden can be glorious – summer nights are long throughout the country and you even get the midnight sun up north – and many of the beaches are fantastic.Even the far north, where the mercury can plummet to -40°C in the winter, can get hot.