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Expat blog about life in Sweden

Posted by staff alexander on Jun 13, 2017 8:59:00 AM

On our website we have a new section called Expat stories so our clients and others can read about expats already living here. As this blogger tries to demystify life in Sweden I often have a good laugh when I read her pieces. I wanted to share one with you.

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Topics: Swedish Culture, Moving to Sweden

Expat stories - A User's Guide, part 3

Posted by staff alexander on Jan 10, 2017 2:30:00 PM

Not long after I arrived in Stockholm, I ran into someone I knew. Well, when I say “knew,” I mean, I had been introduced to him by a mutual colleague. Once.

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Expat stories - A User's Guide, part 2

Posted by staff alexander on Jan 8, 2017 2:30:00 PM

Not long into my first winter in Sweden, I was working away at my desk one afternoon, when I looked out the window, thought to myself, ‘goodness the time has flown - it’s evening!’ I packed up my things and headed home… only to discover that it was half past three in the afternoon.

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New Year’s Eve in Sweden

Posted by staff alexander on Dec 30, 2016 11:45:00 AM

Along with most other European cultures, Swedes celebrate the end of the year and the beginning of the new on December 31. Since traditions, celebrations, rules and regulations vary in every country, we thought it would be wise to let you in on how New Year’s Eve is celebrated the Swedish way to avoid surprises and ensure an evening of exciting festivities.

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Topics: Swedish Culture

Bingolottos Uppesittarkväll

Posted by staff alexander on Dec 22, 2016 2:41:00 PM

BingoLotto is one of Sweden’s most popular TV-related traditions around Christmas time. Although you can get a taste of the game-show every Sunday at 6.30pm on Channel 7, they roll out the Rolls Royce version for their annual Christmas special. Since 1995, Swedish families have gathered round their television on December 23, very likely with some glögg and a slice of home cooked Christmas ham in hand, to play bingo.

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Topics: Swedish Culture

Systembolaget during Christmas

Posted by staff alexander on Dec 21, 2016 2:00:00 PM

As many of you may know by now, Systembolaget has the monopoly of selling alcohol in Sweden, which means it’s only there you can fetch your favorite Christmas liquors and other alcoholic beverages. The best-selling beverages sold at Systembolaget during this time include; Prippsjul öl, God Jul Glögg, God Jul Glögg Röd alkoholfritt, Byaregårdens Jul, Electric nurse, Dufvenkrooks Jul, Haga and Haga Jul-Snaps Cognac.

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Topics: Swedish Culture

Christmas in Sweden and around the world

Posted by staff alexander on Dec 17, 2016 3:25:00 PM

Christmas in an enchanting time of the year for many of us, but it is still a holiday that is celebrated very differently in different parts of the world. For starters, Swedes celebrate Christmas on December 24; one day before many of the other countries in the West. In Sweden, Christmas celebrations are often kicked off at 3 p.m. when the whole family gathers in front of the TV to watch Donald Duck and his friends get up to mischief for an hour. It does not matter how old you are or how many times you’ve seen the show – Donald Duck is as important as dancing around the tree on Christmas Eve.

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Topics: Swedish Culture

Christmas Markets in Sweden and Abroad

Posted by staff alexander on Dec 16, 2016 3:15:00 PM

Few things are better about the holiday season than Christmas markets. Few places have so much holiday spirit gathered in one place at once, and, often located in the city centers, they provide the perfect break for stressed out Christmas shoppers who are running around looking for the last presents. In Europe, Christmas markets are a common phenomenon and some cities are known for their markets more than others. In case you are planning a weekend trip, or are just enjoying Christmas in Sweden, we have provided a few suggestions for Christmas markets worth the visit.

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Topics: Swedish Culture

Christmas Dinner; the French Way

Posted by staff alexander on Dec 14, 2016 4:02:00 PM

To advertise a Christmas dinner the French way may seem silly seen as we are all in Sweden, and Swedes have very distinct Christmas celebrations, foods and traditions. We do understand, however, that for someone who is not yet accustomed to the Swedish way of celebrating the holidays, other alternatives may seem more appealing. Even if you go all out for Swedish Christmas, the process can be overwhelming and something not-so-traditional is sometimes nice to catch a break and unwind.

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Topics: Swedish Culture

Musicals and Plays to Watch

Posted by staff alexander on Dec 13, 2016 4:33:00 PM

Sweden has a huge scene for musicals and plays, and just like movie premiers, many of them open around Christmas time. Although significantly more expensive than going to the movies, there is something quite extraordinary about experiencing the actors’ presence on stage and to feel the emotions of the story as it is being told right before your eyes. If you have not yet experienced Swedish theatre, here are some suggestions for where to begin your search for the perfect play. As a side note, it should be mentioned that most plays are in Swedish, but it is guaranteed to be a good night if only for the exciting atmosphere. In addition, many of the shows are right before your dinner table in a restaurant setting, so you get entertainment and food all in one place!

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Topics: Swedish Culture