Sweden, often regarded as a forward thinking and sensible country, is not shy of the odd superstition. At midsummer, for example, girls are told to collect seven separate species of flower to place under their pillow so they can dream of the man they will marry.
However, the superstitions aren’t just about good fortune and pillowcase pollen…
Indeed, Swedes have their own superstitions that are sometimes fiercely respected.
For example, do you know why you might see a Swede spitting three times on the street? Or what they’re muttering as they knock on wood?
With 2012 holding the most Friday the 13ths in one year for the past 30 years, we figured there was no better time to give you the lowdown.
Beware… and good luck!