Sweden

Surface Culture
  • Swedes generally shake hands when greeting each other. Ocassionally they will nod head at each other.
  • Swedes are considered quite trendy in fashion.
  • Their national holidays include New Years Day (May 1) and National Day (June 6).
  • Sweden has a constitutional monarchy.
  • Swedes speak a germanic language that is closely related to Danish and Norwegian.

Internal Culture
  • Pride is important because Swedes are proud of their country even certain regions and towns. They don't consider one city better than another but consider as all of Sweden being equal.
  • Swedes do not visit each other without a prior arrangement
  • The people of Sweden are somewhat more reserved than the people in the U.S.
  • All Swedes are covered by national health insurance.
  • For some occasions, the host makes a welcome speech at the beginning of the meal.

Argentina

Surface Culture

  • During conversation, personal space tends to be limited.
  • Many Argentines enjoy an afternoon teatime, a cup of tea and a snack.
  • Almost all of their houses are surrounded by fences or brick walls and windows are protected by iron bars.
  • About 85 percent of the people belong to the Roman Catholic Church.
  • El Pato is a national sport in which players on horseback compete to toss a six handled ball into a high basket.

Internal Culture

  • It is very common to name children after parents or grandparents.
  • Today political problems are solved through democratic institutions.
  • Argentines are very proud of their nation and where their from.
  • Argentines often visit freinds without prior arrangement. Invited guests are not expected to arrive on time.
  • The gaucho ,cowboy, is an important symbol that represents bravery, freedom, and self-sufficency.

Australia

Surface Culture

  • Cricket is the most popular national sport.
  • English is the national language and is taught in all schools. Immigrants tend to use their native language at home.
  • It is considered impolite to put elbows on the table or leave a toothpick on the table.
  • Physical fitness and sportmanship are most important to Australians.
  • At least 95 percent of Australians are caucasian.

Internal Culture

  • Most Australians are outgoing, freindly, and place a high value on enjoyment.
  • A rising number of couples choose to live together before or instead of marrying.
  • Older children living at home are expected to contributr toward family expenses.
  • Approximately one-fourth of all Australian children attend private schools.
  • Rules of basic etiquette are very important in Australia.