In many countries around the world, when conversations become a little awkward, you find something to comment about.
The conversation starts again, It flows easily and the awkwardness goes away quickly.
Conversations in Sweden, and generally in Scandinavia, work a little bit differently. Unframed discussions are more challenging.
With an acquaintance in Sweden:
- You will go to a quiz rather than for a coffee.
- You will play a game rather than discussing the news.
- You will go walking in the mountain rather than reflecting together on the world.
Having open discussion with acquaintances is less common.
If you want to discuss politics, sign up in a political organisation.
If you want to discuss art, sing up in an art club.
If you want to discuss feelings, get an appointment with a psychologist!
Commenting on something, and expecting an easy follow up, may not work as well as you did expect.
Welcome to Sweden where communication may require a frame and a reason in order to work well.