Customs in Sweden

Swedish, spoken by the majority of the population is the official language of Sweden.

Currency used in Sweden is the Swedish Krona (SEK) - kr

Sweden is a very family-oriented country, the role of the family is very important and children's rights are well protected.

Customs and Etiquette in Everyday Life and Socialization

Greetings should be a firm handshake, upon both arrival and departure. Call your acquaintances by their honorific title and surname: Herr (Mr.) or Fru (Mrs.) and do not call them by their first name until invited to do so.

If you are invited to Swedish home for dinner, bring your hostess a box of nice chocolates or a bouquet of flowers (avoiding lilies and chrysanthemums as both are associated with funerals). If your hosts have children, it is advisable to bring them a small gift as well.

Remain standing until you are show to your seat and do not begin eating until your host has given a toast. Return the toast later in the meal, look in the person's eyes and say, "Skål!" Try and eat everything you are served, as leftover food on the plate can be perceived as impolite.

When it comes to gratuity, tipping is acceptable and appreciated in Sweden.

• Restaurants: A service charge is usually included, but if the service was impressive, a 10% tip is appropriate
• Taxis: Round up the fare
• Porters and Bellhops: 8 SEK per bag

Customs and Etiquette in Business

When attending a meeting in Sweden, appointments are necessary and should be made at least two weeks in advance. Punctuality is a must, so arrive on time!

Men should wear conservative, dark suits with dress shirts and silk ties. Ladies should wear modest business suits or skirt and blouse combinations.

There will be little to no small talk at the beginning of a meeting; Swedes prefer to get right to the topics at hand. Avoid making exaggerated claims about your company and/or products; the Swedish find hyperbole a sign of insincerity.

Your business cards should be printed in Swedish on one side, and that side should be presented to your new associate when exchanging cards.

Sweden Flights
Children (under 11):