This video by Mark Wolters “does not cover the things you SHOULD do in Sweden. This video covers what you shouldn’t do when you visit Sweden as a traveler, tourist, or vacationer. The DON’Ts of Visiting Sweden.”
We have already shown you two other videos by Mark Wolters – see our links at the end of this post. Mark has excellent knowledge of the Nordic countries, probably because he spent some time in Helsinki, Finland as a teacher and professor (originally Mark is from the University of Illinois).
We will guide you through Mark’s video step by step:
Here are Mark’s “Dont’s of Sweden”
- (at 0:13 in the video) Don’t ignore the line culture, don’t skip the line.
- (0:36) Don’t wear your shoes in someone’s house.
- (1:05) Don’t think you will get into a club just because you are in line. Usually there will be “face control”. You need to dress up, especially in Stockholm.
- (1:49) Don’t worry too much about your safety. Sweden is very safe.
- (2:24) Don’t forget to bring a credit card with a PIN number. Cash is not always taken in Sweden. (Update October 2019: Hotels, restaurants and cafés don’t usually accept cash any longer. /Walther)
- (2:35) Don’t bring Euros, Sweden uses Swedish Crowns/Krona. (Note: The banknotes shown at 2:45 are no longer valid. /Walther)
- (2:50) Don’t expect a cheap vacation in Sweden – it is pricey. (We would like to add: Prices are lower outside of Stockholm. /Walther)
- (3:24) Don’t expect the traditional Swedish food to wow you. Just check: How many Swedish restaurants are there in your home town?
- (4:15) Don’t worry if you don’t speak Swedish. Everybody speaks English.
- (5:08) Don’t worry about the Swedish silence – on subways, buses, trams. The Swedes are reserved and quiet.
- (5:39) Don’t let a Swede trick you into eating surströmming, the stinkiest fish in the world.
- (6:12) Don’t gawk at the really pretty Swedish people.
- (6:35) Two more Dont’s about the Swedish Fish candy available in the US and about IKEA.
The video was shot in the archipelago of Stockholm – in front of the restaurant on Fjäderholmarna, “Fjäderholmarnas Krog”.
Here are two more videos by Mark Wolters:
We also recommend our “Sweden 101”: Good to know when travelling to Sweden.