i was reading a thread on DOA which kind of made me unsure. i never gave a fk about class, but the discussion made me think it is a very real thing, and rather important. what class are you, if you say so yourself? how do you know? what difference does it make, where youre from? ok so before i begin my rant, i havent been to sweden for ten years, so chances are things have changed, but i doubt it. the reason why im so oblivious of class is that it has been made largely irrelevant in sweden. at least on the surface. money will always be money, and that will always be the great decider of what this "class" thing really is about, which is who waits on who, in a nutshell, isnt it. when it really comes down to it, and without being funny about it. there are class differences in sweden, but they are either enormous like immigrant project suburb ghetto supermarket parkinglot with nothing but broken glass and concrete as far as the eye can see vs. the beautiful old money mansions on what looks like rolling hills of golf courses with sailing boats, plenty of cars, beautiful kids in private schools in the capital centrum whos shoes iphones and haircuts alone could pay for that entire suburb i was talking about earlier. which is lower class vs. upper class of course. there is that, and it angers my swedish upbringing that it should be that way. sweden has worked day and night for 100 years to erradicate class differences, and as close as they got, i got a feeling it only made things (the gap) worse. but its rare. very rare, for the most part, in my experience, for 90% of the population currently in sweden, immigrant or not, there is one class. the big uniform one with very nearly unnoticable class difference between two families of the same size, living in the same nice and quiet area, with the same standard of living, same school for the kids, same cars and tvs and going abroad once a year, etc, but, and this is strange but true, completely different incomes and backgrounds. this, i imagine, would be the middle class. funny thing about the middle class is that it divides into many different sections and categories, and it seems its only your sense of entitlement that really determines where you actually belong. or stand. not sure what verb goes there. maybe. in the uk i get the impression you can use any number of things to tell what class a person is, and subsequently how you should act towards them. you can tell what class a person is by what news paper they read, i find that curious. i dont watch tv, nor do i read newspapers. or what school they went to, which is also curious, as all schools in sweden are free, unless you really really want to pay for one. you can tell what class a person is by how they speak, how they introduce themselves, the way they dress, what car they drive, all these things makes me think the uk is a country acutely aware of class. where im from, to be overly concscious of class, is looked down upon. its considered tactless. to be lowerclass is strickly forbidden, sure, but specially to try and project overclass, it have a golden tremendous watch, a mercedes, a mozart hairdue, and some sort of tie made of buffed chrome, wide as a sail, in an italian suit with boeing wingspan shoulders, constantly talking about selling expensive things, being expensive places at expensive seasons for no other reason than expensive, that sort of thing will get you into alot of golf and yatch clubs, even without playing or owning a yatch, but it wont make people think of you as "upper class". quite the opposite, as "upper class" is actually a bit of an insult in the swedish language. just lots of "class" is a very subtle and desirable thing when you get to a certain stage in life, it seems.