Destination guide Sweden

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SOCIAL HINTS
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IT IS CUSTOMARY TO BRING FLOWERS OR A SMALL GIFT
WHEN YOU ARE INVITED TO A SWEDISH HOME FOR THE
FIRST TIME. SHAKING HANDS UPON ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
IS USUAL. IT IS THE CUSTOM AT DINNER TO LIFT YOUR
GLASS AND SAY 'SKAL' BEFORE DRINKING AND THE GUEST OF
HONOR SHOULD ALWAYS MAKE A SHORT SPEECH OF THANKS FOR
THE MEAL. SMOKING IS PROHIBITED ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT
AND IN MOST PUBLIC BUILDINGS.

BUSINESS HINTS
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SWEDES CONDUCT BUSINESS IN A FORMAL MANNER. MAKE
APPOINTMENTS IN ADVANCE. STAY ON A LAST-NAME BASIS
UNTIL YOUR SWEDISH BUSINESS COLLEAGUE MAKES THE FIRST
MOVE TO FAMILIARITY. ENGLISH IS WIDELY SPOKEN IN
BUSINESS CIRCLES. PUNCTUALITY IS IMPORTANT FOR
BUSINESS AND SOCIAL OCCASIONS. BUSINESS CARDS ARE
COMMONLY EXCHANGED.
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