How do Swedes celebrate their achievements?
Well, they don’t… Just kidding. Of course, they celebrate them but in a more moderate way. Quiet too, we would add. You can observe that when Swedes win a medal in a world championship. Most probably, they would prefer no press conference to be held, so they don’t have to talk about their achievement. But yeah, in case they can’t avoid it, here is how they would most probably comment:
- It was not me, it was because of the team behind me
- It does not matter who wins, it’s about the game.
- I did it for the team, we are as one.
And any variation of the above. On a more personal level, a Swede would probably never mention a huge achievement of his or hers. They would prefer their success to speak for itself, rather than they would talk about it. Actions, not words matter. Even on dates, each side would have to thoroughly investigate the other side and ask questions back-to-back in order to reveal any details about their life and best moments.
How do Swedes perceive others’ bragging?
They definitely frown upon it. It makes them feel uncomfortable. Take a TV show for example. When the final winner is revealed and he or she gets in and/or under the spotlight, you should see the other’s reaction to this. They perceive it as something too much. Not lagom at all. “Who is he to be the winner and get all the attention?” they might subconsciously think. “We are all equal and worth the same” could be another reaction. Also, the winner would most probably feel awkward to talk about how he or she won.