As I was scrolling through Facebook this morning, I stumbled across a very interesting (read: weird) article published in The Local (which I later found even on Mashable). Let’s have a look at it together.
So basically, you call a magical number – +46 771 793 336 – and you get an answer from “a random Swede”, i.e. a person from Sweden who has signed up for this project via an app.
Why do they do this, you ask? Sweden’s tourist assiciation wants to give Swedish people a possibility to tell their story, share their personal views on certain subjects and even give tips on where to eat and what to see.
I have three questions.
- Do people still answer phone calls from unknown numbers?
- How is this project going to “promote Sweden abroad”?
- Doesn’t this go against about everything you know (or you think you know) about Swedish people?
Let me explain what I mean with the help of some examples from this fantastic tumblr page.
So how will a Swede react when getting a call from a complete stranger?.. We can only speculate, but I think I made my point here more or less.
Despite everything, if you do not currently live in Sweden and would really love to move here to study, I really encourage you to call this number and get your questions answered. Who knows, you may even end up talking to a student at SBS!
PS. I hope this post didn’t offend anyone as it was most definitely not my intention.
PPS. Swedes are awesome after all.