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A Swedish Conversation
This picture was snapped in Stockholm’s Gamla Stan, a quintessential, well-preserved medieval town with 13th-century architecture, cobblestone streets, and idyllic alleyways reminiscent of times long gone. I love cultural nuance. So when I learned that the Swedes had a unique way of holding conversations, I had to feel it out for myself. I almost want to call it more civilized, maybe even slightly like the Japanese? They are polite, respectful, and it is considered rude to divulge brash opinions within the group. If controversial ideas come up, a consensus on the thought is brought on as a group, together. There is an artfulness about the way this is done. Swedes are generally very worldly, educated, and aware, so that is not to say that they do not have opinions—they are simply more civilized about the way they share them.
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