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Swedish stereotypes?

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hkepoetry Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stereotypes can be somewhat amusing, no matter what it's about. But sometimes they can be weird and not make any sense at all. :)

One of the most common stereotypes I've heard about Swedes is that we are tall, blonde, blue-eyed and good-looking. One weird stereotype I've heard is that we love cheese. :XD: Another common stereotype is that we are very polite.

What stereotypes have you heard about Swedes? :)
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PaintingSaint Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012   Digital Artist
I've heard that they're blond haired and blue eyed, that they're extremely liberal, and that they like their saunas. They also have a sing-songy language, and talk like the Swedish chef. ;)
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NYAHCAT Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
since I'm a finn, I know plenty of negative stereotypes : D but I think you have heard all of them
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skyhndx Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
A swede I used to chat with once worked as a trick rider and acrobat in a french circus. He trained and rode Arabian horses. When he was a boy his dad called him, "liten apa". I haven't heard much about Swedish stereotypes so I have no clue if anything he ever said about himself would be considered a stereotype. ...other than the fact that his name was Jonas and he said you pronounce that as Yonas. :bucktooth:
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FeralTao Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
VERY sensitive about all kinds of stuff.
Liberal but like to blame shit on the government.
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SimplyLemie Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
Never talk to anyone unless you know them. That is one of the few reasons I love this country. If someone tries to talk to me at the bus, I could just brush him off as a drunkard or a madman.
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Gemdrop Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Gay men, pretty women. Also, all finnish swedes are rich and snobby.

Also, 6-1 :iconteheplz:
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hkepoetry Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, no and no. :D

6-1? :confused:
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Gemdrop Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
No kidding?

Oh you know what I mean :stare:
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Bullet-Magnet Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
There's the Swedish Chef, but he sounds Norwegian to me.
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hkepoetry Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hahaha! :XD:
Well, it's nothing like Swedish, that I can assure you. :XD: And not Norwegian either, to tell you the truth. It's just plain old gibberish. :nod: Yup.
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Bullet-Magnet Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
Well yeah it's gibberish. But the sing-song accent sounds Norwegian.
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RiseofGreenBean Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
Blonde, blue-eyed, tall, handsome guys.
Polite, professional, formal
Modern, high tech.
Not really religious.
Big on metal (Dark Tranquility!)

Idunno...I don't want to write about IKEA.
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hkepoetry Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Blonde, tall, blue-eyed, handsome guys = not true. ^^ I'm engaged to a shorter-than-average, greenish blue-eyed and oh-so-very-handsome brunette. :D And he's a Swede.

Polite, professional and formal is kind of true, but there are assholes everywhere. Sweden has them too, trust me. :XD:

The modern and high tech stereotype is true (at least I think so), but the not so religious stereotype... hmm... I guess it depends on what other country you compare it with? I dunno. I don't care. :)

But why on Earth do people think Swedes are big on metal rock??? What the Hell?

And yes, thank you for not writing about IKEA. :hug:
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UltimateRidley Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
But why on Earth do people think Swedes are big on metal rock??? What the Hell?


Several metal bands are from Sweden, and many bands which are often considered among the best metal bands in the genre hail from Sweden. Scar Symmetry, In Flames, At the Gates, Dark Tranquillity, Opeth, Meshuggah, Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy, etc, all of which are considered among the best metal bands, all originate from Sweden.

Granted, claiming Swedes to love their death metal might be on the same level as acknowledging the black metal scene in Norway or the folk metal scene in Finland--they're in those respective countries, all right, but standard pop music probably still dominates in both.
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hkepoetry Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Most of those bands.... oh, how should I say this... I have never heard of them. :shrug: In Flames are the ones I know of, but the rest... nope.

I listen to mostly rock, but I can listen to almost any genre of music.
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UltimateRidley Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I understand. It's like in America: we got loads and loads of metalcore bands here, but most people couldn't name more than one, and that one is probably All That Remains or some other well-known one. I just wanted to propose why that stereotype exists. :)
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RiseofGreenBean Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
I just heard from somewhere that Sweden is the least religious country in the world or something...

And as a metal fan, I think the Nordic nations really love their metal. Sweden has some pretty good death metal, from what I see people say on youtube. I like Dead by April and Dark Tranquility. Why? Is metal not so popular in Sweden? Is Swedish pop all the rage?

You're welcome ^^. I noticed that almost nobody talked about the meatballs. I've never tried Swedish meatballs. Are they good?
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hkepoetry Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I think we're one of the countries who are the least religious.... but I have no idea if we top the list. :XD:

But regarding metal, I have to say that even though we might have a lot of metal bands here in Sweden, I cannot name more than two, maybe three of the bands. It's not that I dislike the music. But I'm telling the truth when I say that I have never heard of 90% of the band names people throw my way, claiming them to be some of the best metal bands in the world. Whenever someone say "oh but Sweden has this cool band called "blablabla" and they are awesome!!", I'm like "I'm sorry, who?"

I don't listen much to Swedish Pop. I prefer rock. And asian music.

Swedish meatballs are the best! Nothing compares to a real Swedish meatball. :D
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RiseofGreenBean Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
I've never tried Swedish meatballs before, and the only place close to home I know of that serves them is Ikea.

Ooh I have another one: the schools are very proper and teaching is a really good job to have in Sweden.
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UltimateRidley Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Why? Is metal not so popular in Sweden? Is Swedish pop all the rage?


From what I have seen, the death metal scene in Sweden to which you refer is about as prevalent as the metalcore scene in America (if you've ever been down here): You'll have to do a tiny bit of digging, but there's a whole community underneath. Otherwise, the country is probably flooded with pop music like most other countries that have a reasonably-sized music industry.
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RiseofGreenBean Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
ahh I understand what you mean. It's like in most other countries where pop music dominates but metal flourishes underground.
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UltimateRidley Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Everyone is blond, all the girls are smokin' hot, car lights are always on, moose everywhere, the government is super squeaky clean, and all prisons are actually resorts.
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hkepoetry Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehehehe. I have to agree that the last one about the prisons might actually be true. :XD:
The rest are not, though. ;)
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tamz1988 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i've never heard anything about sweden unless it was in conversation about IKEA..
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Fyres-Descent Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Le Pewds has blonde-ish hair and pretty, sparkly blue eyes, but I wouldn't exactly call him polite. I don't believe stereotypes because they also say that Minnesotns eat ludefisk and are super nice, granted we may be more polite about some things than, persay, people from New York, but we have some big bitches.
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RobStrand Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
I know little of the Scandinavian country, but I know you make damn good Vodka.
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witwitch Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student Writer
As a Finn, I know mainly negative Swedish stereotypes. The girls are all easy, and the men are all gay. :lol:

Of course, I know it isn't true.
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hkepoetry Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't we all, girl. Don't we all. :XD: The negative stuff is what we know best, so... :la:

I am very proud to say that I'm a girl, and I am NOT easy. :D And I'm engaged to a Swedish man, and he is NOT gay. :dummy:
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witwitch Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Student Writer
Butbutbutbut the stereotypes! :nuu:
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
i've never heard any before actually ^ ^
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b1ackskies Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
There are none. :la:
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witwitch Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student Writer
Yes, yes there are. Just ask the Finnish people. They have plenty of Swede stereotypes.
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Solem-nyan Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I'm swedish, but I've heard saying like that we eat food in toothpaste tubes. Weird.
And also, the moose. The swedish moose.
Hey. How many sweeds have actually seen a moose?
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hkepoetry Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm a swede, as well. :la:
I see mooses almost every month. Probably because I live near the forest. :D
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Civyx Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Tech savvy. Futuristic. Obsessed with Aesthetics. Minimalist.
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Civyx Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Also that they are rich.
Very liberal.
Technocratic.
Well educated.
kinda snobbish
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Civyx Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Also that they are usually atheist or christian and the atheists and christians REALLY dont get along.
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MisterTurtle Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Everyone drives a Volvo and sells cheap, ugly furniture.

Or is that Switzerland?...
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hkepoetry Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nah, that's Sweden. ^^
But Volvo isn't Swedish anymore. And IKEA has some nice-looking furniture. Thankfully. :XD:
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Civyx Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Volvo was sold to an American company who then to the Chinese Greely(sp?), but they are still headquartered in Sweden and run by a Swede I believe.
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Civyx Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
just not Swedish owned.
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MisterTurtle Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Bwurgh, no more Swedish Volvo. :saddummy:
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akihua Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist
I didn't hear anything.
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ForeverIrritated Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Swedish stereotypes huh!? I think they all act like :iconpewdiepieplz: XD
-Nneth
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Cosmic--Chaos Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No, PewDiePie is from the Land of Idioticrates. :iconseriousstareplz:
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ForeverIrritated Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You hate him? o_O
-Nneth
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Cosmic--Chaos Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
With every single fiber of my being. He's an immature dimwit with a lame sense of humor, a screaming problem, and he ruins the mood of some great video games (Amnesia in particular).
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ForeverIrritated Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe... everyone has their own perspective of the guy I guess
-Nneth
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I must admit I have seen a lot of attractive people on here and elsewhere who are based in Sweden, or even just that general area of Europe. Must be the climate, or living standards or something but they seem to be pretty with it in regards to looks and even intelligence (so I've heard :O) But indeed I wouldn't expect everyone there to be a supermodel :XD:
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Mechanicold Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Yumping Yiminy!

I don't know, I've got nothing. When people mention Sweden, they talk about pot and the red light district. Oh, and the beautiful women.
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