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The Stockholm Expat Meetup Group Message Board › What Is A Normal Swede !!!

What Is A Normal Swede !!!

Steven M.
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Stockholm, SE
Post #: 1
As a foriegner here in Stockholm, people at home often ask what are the people like in Sweden,.....a difficult question to answer unless you understand the psychology of the swedish culture,.....and this is best defined in Colin Moons book ¨The Secret Files¨

The normal Swede
Every Swede should aspire to being normal and average. There’s no greater compliment than to be called an ordinary kind of person. ’To be as people usually are’ is a fine way to describe yourself and you’ll instantly earn others’ respect. Successful people are just normal people who have had a spot of luck - but it won’t last. Every Swede can tell you about ’Jantelagen’ the law of Jante. This states that you shouldn’t think you are somebody. Somebody who is somebody pretends to be nobody because anybody can be nobody and nobody would really want to be seen as somebody in the eyes of anybody. Get it?

Anyway, probably not to be taken seriously,......just a bit of fun :)
Or is it................
Ash R.
Stockholm, SE
Post #: 4
Normality is highly rated in Sweden! It's an interesting topic Steven. The sense that I have from working as a counsellor and therapist with expats in Stockholm is that these cultural expectations to be 'normal' are much higher in Sweden than they are in other countries. And Normality itself in Swedish culture is becoming more prescribed and harder to achieve. I wrote a blog post about this recently:

The Expectations of Normality in Sweden

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