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Why Swedes don’t speak to strangers | BBC Travel
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Why Swedes don’t speak to strangers | BBC Travel

Small talk in Sweden is not common and they refer to it as kallprat (“cold talk”) or dödprat (“dead talk”). The Swedish culture has been accustomed to avoiding casual conversations. They learned the art of avoiding eye contact with strangers and acquaintances they might come across in the street by looking at their phones or staring at shopping windows instead. Experts say this reserve could be due to Sweden being a sparsely populated country in a relatively vast landscape.

Source: http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20201203-why-swedes-dont-speak-to-strangers

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