By Anastacia Sampson
Etiquette in Sweden
Swedes are considered humble and boasting is not indulged in. Generally Swedes view people who boast as disdainful. In some cultures it is acceptable to demonstrate strong expressions of emotion in public;this is not the case in Sweden. It is especially noticeable that Swedes are reserved in body language;public displays of affection, hugging and touching are not the general trend.
As women are becoming a major constituent of the work force, it is acceptable for female business colleagues to pay the dinner bill or other bill at social gatherings. It is customary to give gifts at Christmas time to work colleagues.
Respect is maintained, and to this day males usually tip their hat to women or remove it when talking to women. When talking to each other it is respectful to maintain eye contact in Swedish culture.
Swedes are known to take their time in making decisions, yet once a decision is made they are quick in enforcing it or bringing it to existence.