In glancing at Xenophobe’s guide to the Swedes, I came across the following hilarious quote bout how others see the Swedes: “The Norwegians find the Swedes insufferably puffed up, while the Danes consider them to be party poopers. The British see them as sexy but cold, and the Americans think they are Swiss. Immigrants dream of a Swedish welfare state without any Swedes.”
I have to admit that I laughed when I read this. I can’t tell you how many Americans who are otherwise well educated and intelligent thought I was going to be living in Zurich when I told them I was moving to Sweden. And my South African friend Annelie (who lives in Stockholm) had an aunt call her to say that she was coming to Zurich on holiday and wanted to come by and visit while she was in town. I love that story. I take a rather perverse glee in the fact that I live in a country where a good part of the world can’t figure out where it is on the map.