And it's all a bit confusing for me, especially as Swedes usually enjoy their privacy. "It looks like they hate it, as proper Swedes they don't like human contact.
In fact, besides the liberal attitude to nudity (yeah, that's a real thing here), the hug is probably the biggest eyebrow-raiser among weird Swedish habits. Meet a person in Sweden in an informal social context. Repeat process with every single person in the group, even though everyone heard your name the first time. There is always this awkward panic moment in their eyes: ' Warning!
However, the way to meet someone there is more subtle.
It’s not as easy as going up to someone and offer them a drink or ask them to dance.
Housewarming parties are a good and commonly recurring example. I'm about to enter in collision with another human being'," she said.
it's the way they do it," she told me recently.
However, after living in France for a year and a half, I knew what was going on with the French dating system (quite screwed up). Do Swedes date more than one person at a time before settling down with one person?
Now I know I have only been in Sweden a couple days (and will hopefully return permanently) but from reading various blogs and talking to Swedish girls, the dating system here is screwed up and really confusing.
Many people regard those who only hang out in the bar as suspicious*. If you catch somebody’s eye, and the two of you look at each other for more than a second, then you’re good to start dancing with each other (at this point, you don’t even have to ask about the dance, you both know it’s coming).
Stockholm railway station isn’t a nice place at nine on a winter evening.
Smart young Swedes run to catch trains to the suburbs watched by groups of men in hoodies leaning against pillars in the shadows as they swap plastic bags of cannabis or heroin for wads of krona, the national currency.
From the moment the two of you start dancing, the rules aren’t as strict as before.
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The girls, who show no surprise, sidestep him neatly as he tries to pat their bottoms.