Swedish dating customs

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Based on findings from 1957 of the direct relationship between sweets and tooth decay, the Medical Board suggested Swedes eat sweets only once a week – an unwritten rule that many families still stick to.

Lola Akinmade-Åkerström is a Stockholm-based freelance writer and photographer whose work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, BBC and CNN among others.

Most traditional lunch restaurants serve pea soup and pancakes with lingonberry jam or any kind of jam (), topped with a bright pink sugar rose.

Comprising layers of yellow sponge cake lined with jam and vanilla custard, and then finished off with a heavy topping of whipped cream, the cake is carefully sealed with a thin layer of sugary sweet green marzipan.

The standard waiting time for the post first-date call in the US is within 1 – 3 days.

Calling earlier might come across as overeager, especially because power is usually held by the party who shows the least amount of attachment in the US.

To Text or Not to Text: Since we live in 2013, cell phones have become as essential to dating as astrology was to the ancient greeks. A study by shows that only 6% of men in the US admit to have called a women less than 24 hours after the first date.

It can be summed up in the phrase ‘don’t disturb, don’t destroy’.

The right of public access is written into the Swedish constitution.

It allows the public to roam freely, even on private land, to camp overnight and to pick mushrooms and berries.

The right also brings responsibilities – to treat flora and fauna and other people’s property with care.

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