Pros, Cons, and Steriotypes
1. The Swedish are usually very loyal in their characteristics and actions but are not the warmest and the most communicative of people within their culture. 2. The Swedish culture are very concentrated on equal rights and therefore alot of traditions have changed in relation to men and women traditions. 3. Exclusivity amongst the Swedish culture has become a norm in many instances. 4. Splitting the tab equally and always being punctual is a major and important act to follow within the Swedish culture. To survive in Gothenburg also means that you need to get a grasp on getting around the city, understanding the area and knowing how to control your finances i.e. bank account. Another thing that might be important is language. Although the Swedish culture is really educated in the english language, knowing a little swedish goes along way! As they say…being able to communicate or try to communicate with a few words are important when trying to get around and adapt to the Swedish society. Swedish people absolutely love when international people attempt to learn the language because it also shows an attempt to learn the culture. It is great when living in Sweden to try to learn some cool phrases every once in a while!
TOP MOST POPULAR SWEDISH PHRASES Take it easy-Tag det lugnt I will take a coffeebreak-Jag ska ta en fika There is no such thing as cold weather only bad clothingDet finns inget sådant som kallt väder bara dåliga kläder I love you-Jag älskar dig How are you? Hur mår du? Otherwise-Annars Very nice weather we have-Mycket fint väder vi har Where can I buy beer-Var kan jag köpa öl
Opening A Swedish Bank Account
Alot of international people are very confused about whether or not they should open up a Swedish bank account. The truth is having access to a Swedish bank account while living in Sweden can help and be more convenient for paying bills, and not having to deal with currency exchange. It is important to look at the difference in fees with money exhange vs. costs of a bank account, bank cards, and payment fees. Opening up a Swedish bank account can be difficult because of customer identity reasons. Certain banks are more willing to accept international students as customers. There are many student bank accounts that you may be able to choose from. Sweden has SEB, Forex, Handels Banken, and many others. SEB, is one of the only major Swedish banks that allow international students for example to open up a bank account after a period of 3 months of staying in Sweden. Students staying longer than one year can apply for a Swedish personal identity number which helps your possibilities of opening an account at any Swedish bank.