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A Swede is a member of a group, not an individual. So every decision is the process of a group, with frequent and extensive meetings.
It can take years before a Swedish kommuun takes a decision. The newspapers will report a decision as a major event.
It is quite normal to discuss for a decade about a plan that can be executed in weeks. The Swedes happily execute the taken decision with full confidence. Every decision is a good decision and rules are just a special kind of decisions.
So, do not ever break a rule in Sweden. The Swedes will immediately think you have lost your senses.
First bell problem: My ringing has little effect. Swedes expect a slow cyclist when they hear a ring. So panic strikes when they see how fast a recumbent bike approaches them.
A second bell problem is the compass that is embedded in the bell. That compass gets confused because of all the metal in the steering gear.
As an experiment I install the bell way up front, near the pedals. And Yahoo!, the compass now works fine. Late night I test the compass and the sun nicely sets in the north, whichever way I turn the bike. Good.
It is only a few moments after installation of the horn when a Hagfors Swede approaches me. Is the horn legal? But sir, please listen to the bell way up front: tinggg! The Swede is speechless. Is or isn't this a legal vehicle?
I probably initiated another decade of conferences. So, in 2018, when you happen to read a story in a Hagfors newspaper about ringing with your toes and the legalisation of horns, you will remember who started this way back in 2008.