Daycare centres and schools exert a considerable influence in the social sphere.
They light candles at Advent and pay homage to a white-clad Lucia with a crown of candles in her hair.
Swedish food tends to be influenced by the seasons.
In modern Sweden, the old and the new live side by side, sometimes in the form of two parallel narratives, sometimes – but less often – as an integrated whole.
The same could be said of all that comes into the country from other parts of the world: people, trends and modes of expression from other cultures and spheres.
The only real exception is Midsummer, when Swedes, regardless of the weather, want to be outdoors, to meet others and to greet the arrival of summer.