Is it true that swedes answer the phone by softly breathing into it?
I read somewhere that instead of saying hello, you let the other person know you're there by blowing into the phone.
No, it is not. I've never ever heard someone answering the phone this way. Common ways to answer are, for example, "Hallå?" and "Hallå, det är NN".
When I lived in Sweden (~20 years ago), we answered the phone by stating our phone number.
That's true, people used to do that! I don't know anyone who still answers like that though. I agree with the Icecream man (Zmrzlina), "Hallå, det är NN" is the normal way to answer, or if you just use a mobile phone and know who is calling, it's very common to say "Hej "name"!
I read an article about the ways they answer the phone, and there was nothing like this on there.
maybe swedes stalkers yeah ? but doesn't sound like any real person would answer like that :D
I think someone is having us on, playing around with some nasty stereotypes. But suggest this and you get deleted. Hey ho.
No. We answer the same way any other normal person would. They way you would answer, is as always, dependent on the formality of the situation.
If it's a friend you're talking to, you might use "Tjena!" or "Tja!"
If you're talking to your boss, an older person, a more distant relative, or for example a teacher, you would normally use "Hej!" "Hejsan!" or even "Hallå".