18 mistakes foreigners make when first moving to Sweden

1. Trying to pay in cash. Swedes use their debit cards three times as frequently as the average European, even to pay for smaller amounts. Some shops and bars have even stopped accepting cash – so don’t bother waving those kronor around, just tap in your pin. Or go Swish.

2. Only staying in Stockholm. We do love the Swedish capital. But there is so much more to Sweden, from the stunning north with its cool-but-not-in-your-face-cool towns to the southern beaches and trendy food scene. Don’t just stay in Stockholm. Get out there and visit Sweden.

3. Pressing the button when getting off the metro. If you do visit Stockholm, remember that unlike in many other cities, and despite there being a button next to the doors on the metro, they open automatically at every stop whether you press it or not. But you’re not alone, one member of The Local’s editorial team admitted it took him months before he stopped getting weird looks from Swedish passengers.

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