Don’t call me Sir: Student life in informal Sweden

Titles are rarely used in any situation in Sweden – even in more formal settings like at university. What does it mean to study in a country as ‘informal’ as this?

Published: Thu 16 Feb 2023 17:13 CEST
Don’t call me Sir: Student life in informal Sweden
L-R: Student Devanshi Barodia, her teacher Adnan Mahmutovic, and student Hernando Soto Cañón at Stockholm University.

Sweden is known for its consent-seeking, flat-hierarchy-style leadership. It’s a nation with a reputation for having a more relaxed and open society, where job titles are seldom used. 

From doctors to university professors to the CEO of your company – in Sweden it’s okay to address people by their first name. In fact, it is expected. 

In the video below, we speak to a student and a professor at Stockholm University to discuss how this informal approach affects international students who are often used to a more traditional environment. What are the benefits for students, both while studying and for future careers? And are there any drawbacks? 

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