When you greet somebody you meet for the first time in Sweden, you shake hands. This applies to everyone; men and women; adults and children. Personally, I like it. I find the handshake very appropriate and convenient. In some countries you don’t do anything at all when you meet a person for the first time, you basically say “hi” and maybe introduce yourself. I always feel like that’s not enough, not completely satisfying in some way.
But from the time when you’re meeting someone for the second time, the rules get a little more complicated. If you’re both men, you still shake hands, but if one or both of you are girls, you hug. Cheek kissing, like you do in Italy for instance, is not common at all, and many people would be put off if you tried it.
What is the customary way to greet someone you meet for the first time where you’re from?