Sweden has been the subject of much debate in recent days, with the hashtag #Swedengate trending on Twitter.
It all started with a simple query on Ask Reddit from redditor u/sebastian25525: “What is the strangest thing you had to do at someone else’s house because of their culture/religion?”
Everyone’s attention was drawn to one particular response.
One individual wrote, “I recall going to my Swedish friend’s house.”
“And then his mother yelled that dinner was ready while we were playing in his room.”
And have a look at this.
The redditor said, “He told me to WAIT in his room while they ate.”
The post gained 31.8k upvotes and quickly went viral on social media.
Many people couldn’t believe it when they heard that the Swedish don’t feed their children’s visitors, and they wanted to know if it was real.
The result was an endless stream of shares, opinions, memes, and personal experiences from Swedes.
Let’s have a look at what they had to say in the video below!
We met with a Swedish woman who goes by the Twitter handle @missfotografica to find out what Swedes had to say about this cultural phenomena.
@missfotografica clarified a handful of points after participating in numerous Twitter conversations about Swedes not feeding their children’s children.
To begin with, she does not believe this is still true today.
“I remember back in the 1980s when I was a youngster, and that was true, at least where and when I grew up.”
I’m not sure where that came from, but I’ve never eaten lunch or dinner at a friend’s house.
Maybe if the parents came to an agreement ahead of time, but that nearly never happened,” she said.
Meanwhile, @missfotografica stated that her children have always eaten at friends’ homes and have always invited them to lunch or dinner.
She said, “I wouldn’t dream of having someone wait in another room.”
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