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Settle in Sweden within 1 year

Have you considered moving to Sweden alone? Are you worried about the language, culture, job opportunities, cost of living etc? It can be extremely daunting to move from one place to another. However, life is short but remember that preparation is key and adaptation comes next.  Do your homework, measure the risk and reward. If […]

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Swedish Summer Berries

Redcurrant/التوت السويدي

Swedish forests are abundant in berries at this time of the year, which is actually one of my favorite things about the Swedish summer. I love the variety and the versatility that berries offer. One can make jams, drinks, pies, crumbles, cakes, sorbets or eat them fresh. However, not all types of berries fit all […]

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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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Champagne, rafting and bonfires – Celebrating Valborg in Uppsala

Have you celebrated Walpurgis Night in Sweden yet?  Or Valborg, as it is known in Swedish? Each year on the 30th April, crowds gather in many Swedish cities to celebrate Valborg, an ancient festival heralding the arrival of spring and commemorating St Walburga, an 8th Century Christian missionary known for fighting witchcraft.  Valborg in Uppsala […]

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Foreigner faux-pas

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There are things that are just not done in Sweden and things that you definitely do. Here are a few I have picked up on… mostly the hard way. Recycling Swedes are very environmentally conscious, and recycling is a huge ordeal. My first week, I remember lugging all my recyclables down the street to the […]

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