Primary AuthorChara Scroope,
- The most common greeting in Sweden is a handshake. It is usually firm and accompanied with 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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