Education is a top priority in Sweden, and the government spends more money per student than in most countries. Every level of education – including the university level – is free. Your student will be used to courses that emphasize critical thinking, collaboration, and a deep grasp of concepts rather than testing and memorization.
Most schools in Sweden only offer a few extra-curricular activities, though Swedish children still have the option of joining clubs outside of school. Having as many options as U.S. schools generally offer will be new to your student.
Sweden’s cultural diet has shifted with an increasing emphasis on healthy lifestyles. Fresh fruits and vegetables have gained importance in Swedish society, and it is common for younger Swedes to be vegetarians. It is also possible that your student could drink many cups of coffee each day.
In the workforce, men and women are seen as equals; Sweden has the lowest gender employment-rate gap in the world. Swedes also enjoy an extensive welfare system that covers health, education, and retirement.
Appearances are important in Swedish society, but this does not mean flashy clothing. Swedes actually tend to dress casually and conservatively.
Fun Fact: On average, Swedish women have their first child around the age of 30.