Once the meals begins, try everything offered and do finish all the food you take,
although many of the communal plates will have food remaining at the end of the
meal so don't take the last of any communal dish. When you eat use the continental
style (knife in the right hand, fork in the left), keep your hands in sight by resting
your wrists on the table, and indicate you are finished by placing your fork and
knife together on your plate. Generally, the guest of honor will thank the host
or hostess once everyone is finished eating.
At a restaurant, the inviter pays for everyone and the server can be summoned by
making eye contact (but don't wave as this is rude). If you are the guest, be
sure to write or call the following day to thank your host for his or her generosity.
In Sweden, most bills will include a service charge of about
10%. Generally you want to round up the bill so you leave an addition tip of about
5% and up to 10% for exceptional service.
Sweden, like the rest of Scandinavia begins their days with
coffee and this is drunk in incredibly high quantities in Sweden. Other non-alcoholic
drinks are also popular, including tea, soft drinks, juices, and cider.
Sweden's alcohol scene begins with vodka, as they are
a large producer of the liquor and it is common in the country, but shrinking in
popularity. Aquavit or schnapps is another good traditional drink as is
brannvin, a liquor distilled from grain or potatoes, of which vodka is
included, although numerous varieties and qualities exist. Again, these drinks are
shrinking in popularity as beer, and to a lesser extent, wine are gaining a growing
Generally speaking, the tap water is safe to drink in Sweden,
but check with locals for any particular regional differences. Also, many people
may have troubles adjusting to the local tap water, as it will most certainly be
different from what your system is used to.