Sweden is a nation of introverts

(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at: lawrence@krubner.com


“Swedish culture isn’t exactly known for its extroversion and mingling,” says Sophia Skinbjerg, a 25-year-old Australian-Danish marketeer, who is based in Stockholm.
“Connections, whether personal or professional, are often fostered from a very young age. So as a foreign person, it’s very difficult to break through and establish your own network quickly.”
Risk avoidance
With one of the highest standards of living in the world and a booming start-up scene, Sweden has attracted growing numbers of expats and economic migrants in recent years, alongside a wave of asylum seekers fleeing conflict. But while employment among the country’s foreign-born population has been creeping up since 2010, around 15% remain jobless, representing double the national average and one of the highest rates in the OECD.