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Expat stories - A User's Guide, part one

Posted by Expat Stories on Jan 2, 2017 2:30:00 PM

Last summer, I rented a cottage in the archipelago with some friends from the UK for a long weekend. Being the only Swedish resident of the group, I took charge of the arrangements, and just before confirming the rental, I emailed the owner to double check that it was accessible from Stockholm.

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How to make friends in Sweden as an Expat

Posted by Expat Stories on Jun 16, 2016 3:00:00 PM

friendLeaving your home and close ones is never an easy thing to do. But when new perspectives await you and you decide to relocate the first thing you need to do is to create new connections so homesickness won't feel so acute.

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Shout out to Healthy Expats moving to Sweden!

Posted by Expat Stories on Oct 22, 2015 9:16:49 AM

Shout out to Healthy Expats moving to Sweden!As an expat moving to Sweden you have only yourself to cheer for your success. Beginning a new job anywhere is tough; it's made doubly challenging by being in a new country. Still you need to get off on your next life's adventure on the right foot. Here's some sage advice so that you will be happy and successful in your new adventure!

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Living in Sweden: Worship the Sun

Posted by Expat Stories on May 29, 2015 5:24:10 PM

I’ve lived in Sweden for a total of three and a half years - at two different times. When I first moved here from the United States, I chuckled to myself every time I saw Swedes close their eyes and turn their heads to the sun to soak up it’s warm rays. I mean, I understood how it felt good, but I just couldn’t believe that almost everyone who was standing at a bus stop, or waiting to cross the street, or had just emerged from a building, would immediately engage in their own little form of sun-worship. It was beautiful to see, but the sense of slowing down to soak in the sun was foreign to this face-paced, go everywhere-in-my-car American. Growing up in the South, I understood sun-bathing when at the beach, but not this every day, any time, any place kind of face sun-bathing found in Sweden.

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How to Embrace a Scandinavian Lifestyle

Posted by Expat Stories on May 22, 2015 12:39:56 PM
Moving to a new country certainly presents challenges, but for me a new start also means all things are possible. It hasn’t always been easy, and as I creep toward my third year in Sweden, it becomes increasingly apparent that this country offers a great deal of cultural and lifestyle options that are, well … gloriously Scandinavian. Here are just a few ways to bring Scandinavia into your life.

 

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Lessons Learned from Life in Sweden: Invisibility

Posted by Expat Stories on May 15, 2015 12:21:56 PM

One of my favourite things about Swedish life is candlelit coffee shops. Candles in general are lovely and cosy, particularly in during the long winter months, but there is something about the casualness of an afternoon fika made special by candlelight that is particularly appealing to me.
However, they do come with their risks. I had only been living in Sweden a few months when I had lunch one day at one such coffee shop, and set my sandwich on fire. As you do. I was happily daydreaming away, half reading a book, when I glanced down and noticed that a corner of my sandwich was poking over the candle and had caught alight.

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The Joy of Spring in Sweden

Posted by Expat Stories on May 8, 2015 12:10:25 PM

There is something particularly glorious about springtime in Stockholm. Even if it
is still a bit on the nippy side compared to some places (my siblings delight in
sending me the weather forecast for London around this time of year, knowing
that I’ll still be deciding between ski gloves and normal gloves for cycling), it’s
undeniable that the nights are getting longer and brighter, and it’s even fairly
unlikely that it will snow!

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What Was That? Learning Swedish as a new Expat

Posted by Expat Stories on May 1, 2015 12:35:39 PM

There’s nothing like learning a new language for providing some inadvertent comedy - particularly if you happen to possess something of a childish sense of humour. Swedish in particular seems to be almost deliberately designed to incite sniggers from English speakers. I once almost fell out of a kayak in hysterics at a sign on a bridge in Gamla Stan that read: “Infart Förbjuden” and I have a friend who gleefully posts a screencap on Facebook every time her internet connection is running at “full fart.” (“Fart” translates as speed, though seems also to refer to exit/entrance at times.) A few months ago, I dappily
almost walked out in front of a car and was rather put out when another passerby
shouted ‘sluta’. Given that I’d almost been run over it seemed a bit unnecessary to call
me names. Further, I’ve lived one block away from Kocksgatan for over three years now,
and I’m yet to cross it without getting the giggles… and you can probably imagine my
reaction the first time I heard a commercial for Sveriges Mästerkock.

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Feminisim in Sweden

Posted by Expat Stories on Apr 24, 2015 12:26:36 PM

One of the first things that people comment on when I mention that I live in Sweden is
feminism. “Isn’t that the place where women have taken over?” and “Hasn’t equality run
amok there?” are two actual reactions I’ve received upon bringing up Sweden.
Insert eyeroll here.

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Sweden 101 - Days Out in Stockholm

Posted by Expat Stories on Apr 17, 2015 1:13:42 PM

The very first time I came to Stockholm, the hotel where I was staying kindly provided a
little map that highlighted tourist attractions. One in particular caught my eye: Viking
Terminal. That sounds intriguing, I thought, a terminal dedicated to Vikings!

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