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Good to know before coming to Sweden Part 1

My name is Issam, and I’m from Morocco. I had the opportunity to work as an international volunteer in Sweden within Awesome People ngo, and it has been an incredible experience. Not only to help make a positive impact in the community, but also to have the chance to learn about a new culture and way of life.

One of the things that struck me most about Sweden was the country's unique culture. From the food to the customs, there were many things that were different from what I was used to back home. However, there were also a lot of things that I found to be quite funny. Here are just a few of the funniest facts about Swedish culture that I discovered during my time in the country:

  1. Fika is a big deal. Fika is the Swedish tradition of taking a break to have a cup of coffee and a sweet treat, usually a pastry. It's such a big deal that it's often considered a part of the daily routine and even has its own verb form (fika).

  2. The Swedish love their meatballs. Meatballs are a staple food in Sweden, and you can find them on the menu at almost any restaurant. But the Swedes take their meatballs very seriously, and there are even meatball competitions held annually.

To be continued...

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