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How to annoy a Swede

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byke
post 27.Feb.2013, 04:31 PM
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I thought this top 10 list was quite lame to be honest.
What do you think ? are these legit ways of annoying a Swede ?

http://www.thelocal.se/46446/20130227/#.US4mQKXy9lI
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snarky
post 27.Feb.2013, 04:39 PM
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thelocal keeps buggin' out so I can't see all of them, but I can definitely relate to the donald duck one. This past Christmas I did not join in on their tradition of watching it and I could tell they may have been a bit offended. I try to partake in all the other traditions they do here, but not this one! Also, on the coffee one, I remember we were at a fancier restaurant for lunch and my sambos dad was outraged they did not serve coffee after lunch. He refuses to go there again. smile.gif
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goawai
post 27.Feb.2013, 04:55 PM
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Location: Gävleborg
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Most of these were more like "How to annoy a Swede in their mid-to-late 40s". About the TV-shows, and "invite yourself over"-thing - I don't think anyone younger would be annoyed by that. Getting your laundry time nabbed would anger most expats as well i think.
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skogsbo
post 27.Feb.2013, 04:59 PM
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QUOTE (byke @ 27.Feb.2013, 04:31 PM) *
I thought this top 10 list was quite lame to be honest.. What do you think ? are these legit ways of annoying a Swede ?

it's rare for us to agree, but yeah a very dire effort, done by local staff who probably don't know any Swedes.

I often get offered tea, because being a Brit they think it's polite, but I also know many Swedes who don't drink coffee later in the day. Donald Duck, I think most Swedes put the kids in front of it, to get some peace for a little while in another room at Xmas. Queues, Swedes don't queue, it's either loitering with a ticket or a stampede - with no half-way house.

If you want to annoy a Swede turn up late for an invite to an evening meal, then keep your shoes on, eat everything they've got; then ask if there is anything else, you're still a bit hungry. But that would also annoy any other civilised person.

Most Swedes admit that the 3 languages are similar, depending on the strength of the accent, most will say they can easily follow conversations in any of them, or have multi language chats, without pausing for thought. So are hardly expected to take offence.

More annoying would be to suggest that Denmark or Norway were always better at sport X than the Swedish team, or didn't they do better at sport Y in the Olympics. Just look at the Denmark vs Sweden games in Handball, or the Swedish vs Norwegian ski teams, that is real rivalry.

I guess once the local staff have been in Sweden more than a few weeks and don't take all their article ideas from the book a "xenophobes guide to sweden", then their articles, 'may' improve.
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Gamla Hälsingebock
post 27.Feb.2013, 06:06 PM
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What about introducing a Swede to...Byke? laugh.gif
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Rick Methven
post 27.Feb.2013, 06:07 PM
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Location: Linköping
Joined: 30.Nov.2005

QUOTE (snarky @ 27.Feb.2013, 04:39 PM) *
thelocal keeps buggin' out so I can't see all of them, but I can definitely relate to the donald duck one. This past Christmas I did not join in on their tradition of ... (show full quote)

30 years ago kalle an a was always watch on yule a ton.

Nowadays both the adults and kids are more interested in their smart phone and posting on Facebook to watch it
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chris001
post 27.Feb.2013, 07:33 PM
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Tell them a joke smile.gif they will be annoyed since 1st they will not understand it 2nd they don't have a sence of humour
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Gamla Hälsingebock
post 27.Feb.2013, 08:22 PM
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But they know how to spell...sense! laugh.gif
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Rick Methven
post 27.Feb.2013, 08:26 PM
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Location: Linköping
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Seems like I have a dud keyboard on my galaxy tab
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polartwist
post 27.Feb.2013, 08:35 PM
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QUOTE (chris001 @ 27.Feb.2013, 07:33 PM) *
Tell them a joke smile.gif they will be annoyed since 1st they will not understand it 2nd they don't have a sence of humour

Reading this forum seems that I'm only one that had the luck here to meet Swedes with sense of humor and really funny... Maybe the problem is your humor? wink.gif
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Max Reaver
post 28.Feb.2013, 11:58 AM
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About the food part, a montenegro-friend of mine put it best: you get invited to a Swedish family dinner, the Swedes pull out the big plates and put tiny amount of food in them. After finishing one plate they clap their stomach saying "OMG im so full!" while you are still hungry after eating the same amount. If you dare to ask more, it will lead to two things: first you got bothered by the fact that nobody can get full from so little food, you'd wonder if they had dinners at home before coming, which defeats the purpose of dinner party; second, your peer view you as completely un-Swedish, you tick them off right there.
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