Not knowing a great deal about the Swedish culture and even less about the traditions before our move, I was eager to discover and experience it, the minute we set foot on their land.
The idea was to have a feel for their way of life and habits. As this would help us integrating our family into their community.
The first opportunity we had was to go deep into their roots, learn about an important part of the Swedish history. The viking era!
So, as most tourists, visiting a viking museum became our first insight into the Swedish culture and history.
|Fotevikens museum, Viking reserve close to Falsterbo|
The Fotevikens museum quickly became the main attraction for our visitors from France and the UK.
|Door locking system|
It is a well-kept site that organises festivals and events mainly during the warm weather. However, you can still enjoy a stroll through the open museum in winter times.
We also learnt an important concept about the Swedish culture that seems to be still integrated today in the way they conceive ideas and exchange with one another.
I shall try to explain it, without ruining the tell of old Swedish traditions, so if there are any Swedish readers, please feel free to correct me on this matter by leaving a message (tack så mycket). You have to imagine the following...
|Inside a Viking's house - Community room|
Indeed, the word "Lagom" is an important piece of the puzzle. It means "Not too little and not too much". Apparently it comes from the Viking times.
When they sat around the fire after a tough day in the cold, they used to enjoy a little drink, and shared ONE horn full of some kind of beverage. It was important that, as they passed the horn round, they would each drink "not too little and not too much" in order for everyone to have some.
Every time we visited Fotevikens Museum, we thoroughly enjoyed it, so if you happen to be around that area and you wish to understand the background of the Swedish people and their culture, don't miss it!