Swedish Culture

Other Considerations

  • Corporal punishment by any name or means is prohibited in Sweden. Smacking children or any similar behaviour is highly frowned upon.
  • The indigenous population in Sweden – the Sami – are sometimes called ‘Lapps’. This is a derogatory term and is not encouraged in Sweden.
  • In March 2017, Sweden reintroduced military conscription largely due to the increased military activity occurring in Eastern Europe. The draft covers men and women born from 1999 onwards. Around a third of those will be selected for basic military training.
  • Many Swedes enjoy cycling as a main mode of transport. Indeed, bicycles are found throughout the country, particularly in the major cities of Stockholm and Malmö.
  • Sweden has a reigning monarch who is the head of state. However, the monarch has no political power; their responsibilities are only ceremonial.

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