How to chat to Swedes when the sun comes out
Excerpt from: The Local
Published: 30 Mar 2016 07:29 GMT+02:00
The clocks have sprung forward. So here are the essential words and topics to whip out and impress your Swedish friends and family in the season of new beginnings.
- Time, please, ladies and gentlemen
So elated was one member of parliament at the arrival of spring this year that he never wants to go back and is lobbying to make summertime permanent. “You cannot remove the winter, but you can make it brighter,” he said.
- In bloom
Like everyone’s favorite denim jackets (jeansjackor), they were hidden away for the winter but now suddenly they’re everywhere. And look! Knoppar (buds) are on the trees too!
- Is it safe to come out yet?
Also, the flyttfåglar (migratory birds) are on their way back to these parts. Indeed, a sure sign of spring each year is the first sighting of a crane (trana) returning to Lake Hornborga in south-western Sweden.
If you’re lucky you might even see a skäggdopping (great crested grebe) or an ormvråk (buzzard).
- How does it make you feel?
But while we may be runnier of nose, we are also prettier of face as the first fräknar (freckles) appear.
- The sun’s out, we’re all out
And once the temperature nears the 10C mark everyone starts to brave the outdoor sections of cafes and restaurants (uteserveringar). From April 1st they proliferate and stay there until the end of October, by which time the bears have already decided they’re about ready for their ide again. Sov gott, björn/Björn (Sleep tight, bear/guy called Björn).