As well as finding out whether or not they're married gift , consider also investigating if they are a mambo — the word for someone who lives at home with their mother. It rhymes with sambo, the word for a live-in boyfriend or girlfriend.
That's probably a no-no as well, but we'll let you be the judge. Given the difficulties of finding an apartment in Sweden's major cities, you should be aware of broken-up sambos who are temporarily still flat-sharing.
What a Swedish party might look like if your date lives with his parents. Thanks to Swedish gender equality, any children involved usually spend alternate weeks with each parent, which means you could quickly end up spending a lot of time with them too. The word for children in Swedish is barn and the word for stepchildren is bonusbarn, putting a delightfully positive spin on preparing to spend Valentine's Day with little Jonas or Jessica alongside your new lover.
What a Swedish party might look like if your new partner has kids. Nota This is the word for a receipt or bill in Sweden. Worth learning as you will almost always be expected to pay your share of any dinner, drink or fika date. Kyss It's good to be aware of the difference between kyss and puss in Swedish. The former is more passionate and is pronounced 'shiss'; the latter is more of a peck and far more innocent than it sounds in English. Puss is often put on the end of text messages sent between usually female friends.
So you needn't worry that your colleague is either trying to get intimate with you or commenting on that spot on your chin. By the way 'kiss' is the Swedish word for, well, pee, so be careful how you use that one too.
A puss on the cheek. Mysa A bit like the English word 'snuggle', you'll hopefully be doing plenty of this with your new squeeze if you've managed to navigate your way through all the fikas and the bonusbarn. But don't jump to conclusions if your partner mentions mysa when talking about how they spent their afternoon while you were at the supermarket.
You can mysa on your own at home by the fire or in a warm pub. It's a bit like the Danish word 'hygge', a concept for 'cozy time'. Fancy a cozy break by the fire? That's 'mysa' time in Swedish.
It's difficult to imagine organized Swedes running out of condoms, but sexually-active Swedes are more likely than other Europeans to seek treatment for diseases such as chlamydia and gonorrhea. Safe sex is wise wherever you are in the world.
Systembolaget The name for Sweden's state-run alcohol store empire. It shuts at 7pm on weekdays in big cities and at 3pm on Saturdays. It is not open on Sundays. Swedes can be shy and socially awkward, so if you're staying in rather than going out with your new lover, you might also want to stock up on some wine ahead of the weekend.
A Systembolaget store in Sweden. Knullrufs Well done, your relationship is blooming and you're having a great time in the bedroom. Knullrufs is a unique Swedish word for messy 'bed hair' after a roll in the hay.