When asked about a national character, almost any newbie – or oldie, is likely to describe the typical Swede as shy, reserved and almost uninterested in human contact. Although everyone is a unique individual, and generalising is always a risky pursuit, I believe this topic might be worth investigating, bearing in mind the limits of […]
Christmas is soon to come and even though The Newbie Guide to Sweden writes about life in Sweden – we think it’s only fair to test our Newbies knowledge of Christmas traditions around the world. So let’s get international in true Christmas spirit! And just so you are warned this is a difficult one.
Two new exhibitions at the Stockholm’s main photography centre. Fotografiska, occupying a beautiful industrial building that used to be the customs, runs four major exhibitions and around 20 minor shows a year. Normally you can see from three to five different shows at a time and the selection of photographers varies from the international stars to […]
It’s Nobel Week! It’s the second week of December and the Nobel prize laureates are being awarded their prizes. Parties, speeches and presentations happen all over Stockholm but – how much do you really know about Alfred Nobel and his famous prize? Go on – test your knowledge.
Sweden is (1) the home of the Nobel prizes, (2) the hub for start-ups in Europe and (3) the second European country (after Finland, but don’t tell that to anyone) in resources devoted to research and development (R&D) as a percentage of the Gross Domestic Product (GPD). Sweden is the paradise for researchers and research in […]
It’s December and let’s face it – the darkness sucks. In some parts of the country the snow has arrived already and in the rest of Sweden it’s simply cold and wet. All in all, not a great set up. So it’s not surprising that Swedes, being resourceful creatures, have come up with a a […]
December is here which means Advent is upon us, and few celebrate it as much as Swedes. And not only do they abide by many traditional Advent customs but they eat and they drink and they light candles – all to help battle the darkness of December. So the question is – how much do you know about Advent and the […]
”Ska vi fika?” when you are asked this question in a Swedish office, the only answer you are supposed to give is ”Yes”. What have you just said “yes” to? Probably to the most common moment of relax in any office worldwide: the coffee break. The Swedes have this little word, Fika. If you wonder […]
You’ve come all the way to Sweden. Now it’s time come out at the office. Just like in most countries, in Sweden it can be a tough decision as to when to come out as LGBT to your family, friends, classmates, and colleagues. I came to Sweden as a student in my early 20s, and […]
Have you ever found yourself in a discussion where everyone talks and nobody listens? Well, that’s the feeling I get when I read the newspapers, scan the web or watch the news. There is a lot of talking going on right now. About migration and integration and everyone seems to have an opinion. Yet there […]