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Stockholm’s little sister Gothenburg

As the little sister of Sweden’s most precious and indeed quite breathtaking capital, Gothenburg is somehow left behind. Compared to the magnetic impact of Stockholm, it seems almost forgotten. Although it is the second biggest city in Sweden, it does regularly stand back when tourists plan their weekend but also when locals think about a […]

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Bullerby Syndrome: about German love for Swedish life

The ‘American Dream’ has come to an end but the ‘Swedish Dream’ just started. As the story ‘from rags to riches’ stepped back, Sweden’s countryside (and also its cities) burst with immigrants. It boasts people who work on letting their dreams become true, by living in a wooden house quite close to a lake.  Why […]

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You may be entitled to vote in Sweden’s Elections

I don’t know if you have heard about the coming elections in Sweden. Citizens select three (3) different bodies called the national parliament (Riksdag), the county councils (landsting), and municipal assemblies (kommunfullmäktige). Sweden’s Elections are held once every four years on the second Sunday of September this year, and you may be entitled to vote […]

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Sweden’s new law on sexual offences

Sweden’s statistics on sexual offences has risen since 2012. However, too few of these are reported. To change this trend, the Swedish government has approved a new law that recognizes sex without consent as rape. It comes into effect the 1st of July. What is the new law saying? Sexual offences include a variety of sex-related […]

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Adaptive Parenting: Preparing as a parent with a disability

If you’ve recently learned that you’re expecting, congratulations! If this is your first rodeo and you’ve got a disability that you’re worried could affect your ability to parent, there are plenty of things you can do to ease your transition to parenthood. Home Preparation Chances are that if you’ve lived with a disability for a […]

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Spoucezilla or spousechilla: something to be aware as a trailing spouse in Sweden

Trailing Spouse is a term that I didn’t know existed until I became one in 2013 and it still affects me. Perhaps, you have heard the synonym: accompanying partner. It doesn’t matter if you are a woman or a man. The reality is that even if we play a crucial role in the adaptation process […]

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Schools Out for Sommar! Celebrating the skolavslutning in Sweden.

It’s that time of year again when schools begin to wind down towards the summer break, and students of all ages begin to dream of the long holidays ahead. In Sweden, there is one important tradition to take part in before children and teens can bid their classes farewell and head for the beach: the […]

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What to Expect when You’re Expecting .. in Sweden

I had just recovered from severe flu when I realised I missed my period. I was a bit surprised but kept my expectations low as this wasn’t the first time I missed it. Days passed by and the monthly visitor still didn’t come. I started to wonder: “Am I really pregnant?” My skeptical husband asked me […]

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