If you had just moved to Sweden, with small kids, it’s just a matter of time until your kids gushing about Swedish children’s books icons relentlessly. Like me, three years back, you may never have heard some of them. So here I compile the list of Swedish children’s books icons you may need to know […]
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 […]
Like many other countries, Sweden has plenty of expressions, idioms and sayings rooted in history and tradition. Some of them can be found in other languages, or at least share similar meaning like “Beat around the bush” and “Gå som katten kring het gröt” (English: walks like the cat around hot porridge). Some others are […]
Living in a new country brings its own excitement and challenges. The first years are usually dubbed as the honeymoon phase. This is the moment when everything seems so bright, fresh and exciting. Then soon, things become routine and less fascinating than before. In a matter of time, we started to settle and eventually adopted […]
Many of the readers of the Newbie blog know that love knows no borders. Several of you moved to Sweden for love, or maybe you are like me – originally moved for my job, but then fell in love with a Swede here. International relationships, especially if your new partner is a local, can be […]
As summer has arrived in Sweden, the whole country is transformed. From the landscapes and the colours, to the culture and attitudes. How and why exactly does this happen?
Trust is the basis around which all human relationships evolve and an absolutely fundamental part of Swedish society. Sweden is a country built on trust. They continuously top the charts as one of the most trusting countries in the world. And it was probably one of the biggest culture shocks for me when moving here. […]
Fight winter blues by going to the movies at Gothenburg Film Festival or others.
One of the most challenging things of being a Newbie in Sweden is meeting a local. Even when we are surrounded by them, to actually get in touch with them and share some time doing an activity together sounds almost impossible, however, there is a way to it. The Realization We have all been there, […]
Ad by Ibus Media IKEA is the epitome of Sweden and completely ingrained in Swedish life. As a Newbie in Sweden, you can truly never fully understand the Swedes if you don’t understand IKEA! For many Swedes living abroad, a trip to the local IKEA store will help cure any homesickness. Starting with the stores […]