Preparing yourself for Sweden may include understanding some basic knowledge. Number 1, Swedes love there coffee. "In 2012, the average Swede consumed a staggering total of 7.32 kilos of coffee. The EU average was 4.83 kilos per capita". Number 2, take off your shoes!!! "You’ll quickly notice that shoes are taken off when entering private residences in Sweden. Some explain it with the simple fact that Swedes spend a lot of time outdoors during winter and are prone to dragging in dirt. Others say it’s a sign of respect for the home. Either way, you might want to think twice before wearing full lace-up boots when visiting folks". Number 3, Get your shopping done before 17:00, if you can "Many stores close early, especially at weekends. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a store open past ten in the evening that isn’t a petrol station. It’s worth keeping in mind that since many Swedes are done with their regular jobs around five, it’s likely that you’ll be battling crowds to get your shopping done between five and half past six". And number 4, You will squeeze food out of toothpaste tubes "To prepare you for your first visit to the cold foods section of a grocery store, understand that in Sweden, tubes are also used to package foods such as caviar, mayonnaise, mustard, and other similar condiments. At some point, you’ll probably squeeze some caviar from a tube onto half a boiled egg for breakfast". These are just some of the things to know before moving or visiting Sweden the author has included way more interesting facts about that, from plastic bag to locating the nearest IKEA its all in that one website.
Cash is no longer the king of Sweden as this author points out. The website says "Ask a Swede when they last paid for something in cash. The probable answer is last month or week. Digital payments via card or mobile apps are so common and trusted that many Swedes no longer carry cash". This idea the Swedish came up with now has other country's testing it out to "Some vendors are frustrated with the transaction fees that come with cards, and even the new apps – just as in other countries. And parts of the older, less tech-savvy generation are not thrilled with the move to a cash-free society. However, as technology becomes a bigger part of everyday life for the older generation, Sweden’s move to a cashless society will only pick up in speed. Cash is already scarce, and card will become even more king". This card over cash thing has people out of Sweden trying it, the idea has now been moved out of there county for others to try.
Sweden has the largest largest population of any of the 5 Scandinavian countries. This website leads to a book with a bunch of details and facts about the location of Sweden. Like the 2 country's that surround Sweden is Norway and Finland, and the 2 seas that is Baltic sea and the Gulf of Bothnia. And that Many beautiful islands lie around Sweden's long coastline. The islands shelter calm waters where Swedish people love to sail, fish and swim.
If you ever visit Sweden you have to go see the Northern Lights these lights are one of the Swedish nature’s most jaw-dropping displays. Dark, cold and clear you'll be able to see these unbelievable lights shine over the Northern part of Sweden. Usually the Northern lights occur during the winter months through late March or early April, but they can be spotted as early as September in the northernmost parts. Your best chance of catching a glimpse of the northern lights is on cold winter nights when the sky is clear, dark with little to no moonlight, and cloudless. Which you'll need to be away from city lights. On clear nights, the northern lights can be visible from most locations in Swedish Lapland, occurring between 6:00 and 14:00, with the strongest shows happening between 22:00 and 23:00. If you're brave enough to go see these lights in the freezing weather it will sure be worth it.
I've already used this sight so many times but its just stunning, all the facts all the rich details and inside scoops on Sweden, and this time its about the appealing landscape of this country. So according to this website "Swedish countryside is dotted with thousands of lakes, freshwater streams, mountains and rolling hills. Starting up north, villages are few and small, and the ideal nature fills in. The landscape is very dramatic, where rolling hills rise into mountains. On the way south, you’ll pass by endless numbers of lakes, streams, and pine and birch trees. On the Baltic island of Gotland, limestone columns rise dramatically from the sea. And in southernmost Sweden, you’ll find everything from deep-green potato fields to some of the richest apple orchards in Europe". A fun fact about the Swedish landscape was some of it was carved by ice. Great glaciers or sheets of ice moved across the Scandinavian about 10,000 years ago. So if there’s one thing Sweden has plenty of, it’s there gorgeous open landscapes.
The Swedes love to talk about there Swedish weather. Each season has unique personalities. Spring that runs from March/April to May. Summer from June to August. Fall from September to October/November. And winter from November/December to March/February. But depending on where you live in Sweden these seasons can be pretty different, for example "In Götaland, where you’ll find the cities Gothenburg and Malmö, winters are shorter and milder, while daytime summer temperatures normally range from 15 to 25 degrees Celsius. The air is relatively humid here, making warm days feel warmer and cold days colder. However, even in winter months, snow is rare near any southern coast". The weather in the Far North the winter is very cold & long. The temperature is often around -4 F (-20 C). But in the south, the weather is milder in winter and in the summer its quite hot. Winter temperatures are often around 30 F (-1 C) and in summer they reach over 77 F (25 C). The weather is like this because an ocean current linked to the Golf Stream brings warm waters from the Golf Of Mexico region to Sweden. Like in America the countries have different weather all the time, one day it will be snowing in Colorado and on the same day it will be steaming hot in Florida . Its just like that in Sweden , the countries will have different weather. The nature and weather are beautiful throughout the inter country of Sweden, so beautiful all the swedes just love to talk about it.
The 18th/19th century was like a roller coaster ride for the Swedish, up and down. A downhill part of this century was defiantly after the death of the warrior king Karl XII and Sweden’s defeat in the Great Northern War. So more about the 18th century is when Sweden was characterized by rapid cultural development, partly through close contact with France. This had a big impact in the early 19th century which led the Swedish to general stagnation and economic crisis's. An uphill part about the 19th century was the Swedish population developed rapidly between 1900 and 1930 and transformed Sweden into one of Europe’s leading industrial nations after World War II.
The Swedish people interacted with their environment by building national parks. According to the website "Previously national parks were created, in part, on the basis of romantic ideals about nature. Now selection is based on international, scientific criteria for what nature merits in terms of protection and interesting attractions". The Swedish also built these national parks to protect its natural landscapes and wildlife. Before these national Parks where made, the humans impacted and destroyed habitats in a far faster rate than ever before in history. Therefore they built the national parks so this could stop and never happen again. In 1909 Sweden became the first European country to establish national parks. There are more fun facts like this in the website that includes the history, 6 major habitats, why we need to protect the parks, and more. In conclusion the Swedish built National Parks to interact with there environment.