This presentation cover Business culture Traveling to Business Expectations Etiquette
A Swedish manager will tend to think of himself as a coach rather than a commander, and delegates tasks frequently Even if it means bypassing one or more layers of executives. Swedish employees often report to more than one manager. Business wear in conservative with suits for both men and women. Makeup and jewelry is minimal. Casual dress is very similar to the U.S. except that shorts are worn only for hiking or jogging.
You can see the sun at Midnight in certain cities. An average January day can have 6-7 hours of daylight. The time difference between California and Sweden is 9 hours later. You can pass freely between the Netherland or Dutch states. Smoking is generally restricted to designated areas and outside.
It is always nice to learn some key phrases in the national language. Do you speak English Hello Good day Good night Yes No Excuse me Where is the restroom Thank you Please Help Banks, most museums, and stores are closed on these dates.
Waving when greeting another person from a distance is acceptable, but shouting is considered impolite. Business cards are typically exchanged at initial meetings. Such as Mr., Mrs., President, or Your Honor. You must be invited to move to a first name basis. In business, titles are used more in writing then in conversation Eye contact should be maintained during a conversation Avoid standing too close during conversations. Organization is preferred over chaos.
One should conform to the standard of the country they are in. Conversation Especially skiing Especially about Sweden Criticisms of other peoples or systems should always be avoided.
Invitation Stand quietly outside the doorway to the entrance of the House until you are invited in. When in inside the house remove shoes and wait again until you are asked to sit down. When you are sitting wait for the host’s invitation to start eating. Toasts Impolite to drink before the host has given a toast. Say “Skal” after toast. This is a custom from the Vikings. They would drink mead out of their enemy’s skulls. Dinning Style. Typically continental. Fork steadfastly held in the left hand and the knife held in the right. Keep wrists on the table. Gifts Invited to dinner bring wrapped gift: flowers Liqueurs Wine Liquor Fine chocolates Business gifts only after a relationship has been developed. Gifts include desk accessories or books. After dinner. You should leave around 10 or 11 P.M. ( Your host will not usually ask you to leave).
Doing business with sweden
Doing Business with Sweden
Prepared by:Manpreet Kaur Grewal
Population: 9.5 million (85% live in urban areas)
Area: 450,000 sq.km = 174 000 sq.mi.
Official Name: Konungariket Sverige (Kingdom of Sweden)
Official Language: Swedish
National Anthem: “Du Gamla, du fria, du fjallhoga nord”
(Thou Ancient, Thou Free, Thou Mountain-Crowned North.”
• National Holiday: Flag Day, June 6
• Sweden's chief crops are grains, sugar beets,
potatoes, meat, and milk, barley, oats, and
• Sweden’s natural resources are timber, iron ore,
and hydroelectric power.
Sweden constructed an economy based on free enterprise, public
ownership of utilities, exports, social welfare, and high taxes.
Most important export industries: Mechanical engineering, automotive,
information and communication technology, pulp & paper, power
generation, pharmaceuticals, iron and steel, transport services and tourism.
Most important import goods and services: Foodstuffs, raw materials and
fuels, chemical products, machinery, electrical equipment, information &
communication products and services, road motor vehicles, textile products
& apparel, tourism.
• Sweden’s major trading partners are the
European Union, the United States, and Norway
Religion and Spiritual Beliefs
• Sweden’s religion consists of 87% Lutheran,
Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Baptist, and other.
• Christianity was introduced in 829 but became
fully established in the 12th century.
• The Wasa Dynasty slowly introduced Lutheran
Christianity and in 1604 banned Catholicism.
• Lutheranism was Sweden’s official religion
from about 1540 to 2000.
Learning and Technology
• The Swedish government requires children from
7 to 16 years of age to attend school.
• Elementary and high school education are free
for Swedish children.
Arts and Crafts
• Sweden made it’s greatest contribution to the
arts in the field of industrial design with
harmonious textiles, furniture, glassware, and
Business Culture in Sweden
• Most Swedish businessmen would be surprised if they were
told that their business culture differs greatly from the
• Management is based on the idea that the individual is willing
and able to do a good job.
• Swedish businessesmen try to solve problems in an informal
and practical way.
• An average June day in Sweden can have 17,
19, or 24 hours of daylight.
• The time difference between New York and
Sweden is 6 hours later.
• You do not need a visa to travel to Sweden.
• Most Swedes have a working knowledge of English.
• Some of the holidays in Sweden include:
– 1 January
New Year’s Day
– 6 January
– 1 May
– 6 June
National Day/ Liberation Day
– 24-25 December
– 31 December
New Year’s Day
• The handshake is the standard greeting for men
• Use a formal form of address when greeting or
• Punctuality is important in both business and
• In general, Swedes do not use many gestures and have quiet
• Acceptable conversation topics include:
• Inappropriate topics include:
– Personal topics
– Complaints about how things are run
• If you are invited to a Swedish home:
– Toasts before a meal.
– Dining Style.
– Giving gifts.
– After dinner.