Becoming a Swedish Citizen: How Does It Feel?

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The historical day has come: I am holding in my hand two passports, a Russian and a Swedish one. In an earlier post, I wrote about the journey to obtaining Swedish citizenship, which I hope may be useful to other newbies or not-so-newbies settling in Sweden. When I wrote it, someone asked me: So how […]

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Missing Sweden While Being Abroad

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Sometimes the best way to understand what you like and dislike about a country is to leave it for some time. The cultural translation, bracketing, brokerage; the cultural shocks one experiences in transitioning between two places, allow to understand deeper what we cherish and what we abhor about them. Every year I travel to India […]

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The best places to spend a Swedish Summer

Ad VimeDigital It has been a long, cold winter, but soon it’ll be time for the cold to let go and instead give way to spring and summer. Hopefully, this will mean lots of sunshine and warmth. A lot of people are already dreaming of where they are going on vacation when it’s time for […]

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How to buy prescription medicines

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Pharmacies used to be state owned but on July 1st 2009 a re-regulation of the Swedish pharmacy market took place, allowing private pharmacies. Since then the total number of pharmacies in Sweden has increased from approximately 950 to over 1400. Disclaimer: To keep The Newbie Guide free, we use affiliate links (marked with *) and […]

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Third Year Reflection: Facts I learned about Sweden

As the year-end is approaching, I would like to use this blog post as a medium of reflection. A look back to where it all started three years ago. This month in 2016, I moved to Sweden from my home country. Time has passed by and many things have happened ever since, including having an […]

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