Swedish Culture

Greetings

  • The most common greeting in Sweden is a handshake. It is usually firm and accompanied with direct eye contact.
  • Most adults will shake hands with each person present when entering or leaving a social setting.
  • In rural areas, the custom of handshaking is not as common on a casual basis. Rather, it is associated with sealing agreements, resolving disagreements or greeting in more formal circumstances.
  • If people are far from one another, they may nod their head or raise their hand to greet another person. 
  • Friends and family will often hug when greeting one another.
  • Between men who are close to one another and have not seen each other for a long time, a half-hug with a light backslap is common.
  • People typically address one another by their first name. Titles are reserved for very formal situations.
  • The most common verbal greeting is a casual ‘Hej’ (‘Hi’).
  • People will usually say goodbye with the phrase ‘Hej då’.
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Sweden
  • Population
    9,960,487
    [July 2017 est.]
  • Languages
    Swedish (official)
    Official Minority Languages:
    Finnish
    Sami
    Romani
    Yiddish
    Meankieli
  • Religions
    Church of Sweden (Lutheran Christianity) (63%)
    Other (includes other branches of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Buddhism) (17%)
    [2016 est.]
  • Ethnicities
    Swedish (82.4%)
    Finnish (1.5%)
    Syrian (1.5%)
    Iraqi (1.3%)
    Polish (0.8%)
    Irani (0.7%)
    Sami (0.3%)
    Other (11.8%)
    Note: The Swedish Government reports ethnicity by country of birth
  • Cultural Dimensions
    31
    71
    5
    29
    53
    78
  • Australians with Swedish Ancestry
    40,214 [2016 census]
Swedish in Australia
  • Population
    9,553
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Sweden.
  • Average Age
    40
  • Gender
    Male (44.7%)
    Female (55.3%)
  • Religion
    Lutheran Christianity (26.5%)
    Anglican Christianity (5.6%)
    No religion (41.3)
    Not stated (5.5%)
  • Ancestry
    Swedish (83.1%)
    Australian (6.0%)
    Finnish (3.9%)
  • Language Spoken at Home
    Swedish (52.4%)
    English (41.3%)
    Finnish (0.6%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 97.6% speak English fluently.
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (33.6%)
    Queensland (24.1%)
    Victoria (21.0%)
    Western Australia (11.5%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (58.0%)
    2001-2006 (16.9%)
    2007-2011 (21.5%)
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