How to Get Away with Breaking the Rules in Spain? Go Swedish

04/19/2016 02:30pm ET | Updated April 20, 2017

Fun phrases survive from the un-fun days of Spain's fascist dictator, Francisco Franco. Standing in front of Madrid's Royal Palace, local guide Nygil Murrel explains to me that, when a Spaniard suggests playing dumb to get away with something, he or she says you should "make yourself a Swede."

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