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Finishing High School and Becoming a University Student in Sweden: “Ta Studenten”

Posted by on May 27, 2019 in How to get by, Life in Sweden | 0 comments

In Sweden, there’s an expression: “ta studenten”, which means that you have graduated from high school and now can study in the university. You are not yet a university student, but you are allowed to put on the students cap and brag about your new social tastes as almost grown up. This is a big time for every Swede. Different high schools finish the semester in different times, so in June in the biggest cites in Sweden, you’ll see different classes every Friday celebrating their exam and making noise all over the city, preferably by standing in open large vans shouting and screaming. There will by traffic jam, hard to get passed the streets in some areas and all over you see young adults wearing white and and light coloured clothes and dresses and everyone has their white student cap on.

As a tradition, the kids’ parents will welcome them as they run out from the high schools, leaving their old schools for the last time. The parents will probably meet them with champagne and give them a student gift, a “studentpresent”, which can be everything from clothes, something for a new apartment, a car, or something new to experience.

Being an exchange student in Sweden won’t let you experience the joy of celebrating finishing Highschool, becoming a student, but can have some good impact on your life. Swedes are mostly kind and helpful, but can also be reserved and hard to get to know closer. The education level in Sweden, especially for higher studies is very good and the biggest universities are well known and respected all over the world.

But before deciding to go to Sweden and study or put your children there, learn everything you can about the country, the people and make sure everything is in order.

Top Six Unusual Ways to Experience Stockholm

Posted by on Sep 3, 2018 in How to get by | 0 comments

Are you looking for another, different way to look at Stockholm and experience the city from a different angle than from just walking through the city? Then you might be pleased, because here we have collected a few different and interesting suggestions that might interest you. Here are our top six ways to experience Stockholm:


Take a Walk on the Rooftops

Get a guided historical tour from the top of the famous roofs in Stockholm. Look down on the people, sometimes small as ants while appreciating the amazing architecture that you can not get closer than this. You walk safely connected with ropes led by an experienced guide.  Read more about the experience on the roof tour here:


Take a Ride With a Helicopter

The best way to experience Stockholm from height is undoubtedly by a helicopter. Stockholm is a beautiful city, the best and most exciting views are breathtaking and can compete with any capital in Europe. It’s a well worth thing to experience, and those twenty minutes will be very intense minutes and undoubtedly hard to forget. You need some height and age, so get in touch with the people her and ask about the Experience:


Travel High Up in the Sky With a Hot Air Balloon

Far, far up in the sky in a hor air balloon you’ll get a very different experience of Stockholm. You will see beautiful landscapes as well as the City. Travelling with a hot air balloon is a very popular experience in the summers, so be well prepared and make sure you order the tour early.


Ghost Tour in The Old Town

Learn about the Ghosts in the Old Town. Follow this guided tour around the small streets, visit cellars and unique places and hear about the dark history of the Old Town of Stockholm. For several hundred years, this was the center of Stockholm and a place where many strange stories were born. Ask here for special and private guiding in English:


Segway Tour

Segway is a little bit faster and funnier way to get a guiding tour around Stockholm. Two wheels, a small group and an experienced guide makes the recipe for a great, relaxed 90 or 120 minutes tour depending on what part of Stockholm you want to experience this way. Take a closer look here:


A boat trip under the bridges

A classical and very appreciated way to experience Stockholm and to get to know the City better is to take a boat trip under the bridges of Stockholm. Guiding in different languages is available. Book your boat trip here:
Under Stockholms Broar:


Recommended reading about Sweden

Posted by on Aug 9, 2018 in Books | 0 comments

Reading books is a good way to get acquainted to Sweden, the country, its people its history and culture. And to learn more about the Swedes and their mind-set. If there is a common one. Swedes are affected by the climate, the short summers and the long winters. The traditional food in this country has a history of the necessity to be able to store food for long periods.

Anyway, here’s a few tips on reading. There’s a whole lot you can find in the book stores. Online orders usually take just one or two days, so even if you are merely spending a week or two, you can still find some gems. You can also go to the linked online stores to find audio books for immediate download.

If you want to visit a big book store, Akademibokhandeln is highly recommended.


Lonely Planet Sweden

Lonely Planet Sweden is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Visit the beautiful, stylish capital of Stockholm; hike, ski or dogsled Arctic wasteland; or curl up by the fire in a cosy cottage; all with your trusted travel companion.”


True north : the grand landscapes of Sweden

True North is quite possibly the largest and most magnificent photographic book ever made about Sweden’s wealth of natural and man-made beauty, with nearly 150 majestic, passionate images. The book is divided into five chapters: coast, countryside, mountains, forests and city. The cliffs of Bohuslän, the plains of Skåne and the lakes of Småland. Remote rust-red cabins and narrow, winding forest paths. The Stockholm archipelago and the interior of sub-arctic Norrland. Mountains, rivers, islands, meadows, fields, villages and cities—all that is Sweden.”


Letters written in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark

Letters written in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark  (1796) is both an arresting travel book and a personal memoir. In it Wollstonecraft describes the sublime landscape and the events and people she encounters.


Sweden – A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette

A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette in Sweden is an entertaining, easy to read, yet serious study about the Swedes. If you are travelling for longer time, visit Sweden for studies or are planning to live in Sweden, this book is highly recommended.


A Concise History of Sweden

Neil Kent’s book A Concise History of Sweden sweeps through Sweden’s history from the Stone Age to the present day. Early coverage includes Viking hegemony, the Scandinavian Union, the Reformation and Sweden’s political zenith as Europe’s greatest superpower in the seventeenth century, while later chapters explore the Swedish Enlightenment, royal absolutism, the commitment to military neutrality and Pan-Scandinavianism. The author brings his account up to date by focusing on more recent developments: the rise of Social Democracy, the establishment of the welfare state, the country’s acceptance of membership in the European Union and its progressive ecological programme.


The Scandinavian Cookbook: Fresh and Fragrant Cooking of Sweden, Denmark and Norway

The Scandinavian Cookbook: Fresh and Fragrant Cooking of Sweden, Denmark and Norway:  Discover the delights and distinctive tastes of Scandinavian cuisine in this beautiful book, with more than 150 recipes from Sweden, Norway and Denmark. It features a fascinating overview of the landscapes, festivals and celebrations of each individual country, as well as an exploration of their unique cuisines and a comprehensive guide to the famous ingredients of the region, including game, cured fish, almonds, cloudberries and dill. The recipe section offers all the authentic Scandinavian dishes, such as classic Gravlax with Mustard and Dill Sauce from Sweden, traditional Roast Hare with Lingonberries from Norway and world-famous Danish Pastry from Denmark. It is packed with helpful cook’s tips and variations, and complete nutritional information for every recipe. Classic Scandinavian cuisine is based on natural produce, with fish caught from the seas and rivers; wild game from the rugged forests; and meat and dairy products from the animals that graze on the fertile pastures.

How to pay in Sweden? Cash or Credit Card?

Posted by on Aug 9, 2018 in How to get by | 0 comments

As Sweden don’t have Euro, in Sweden you pay with the Swedish currency Svenska Kronor, Swedish Crowns or SEK. This is a country where payment relies heavily on card payment. Most of stores, restaurants etc accept most of available credit cards with a few exceptions as Diner’s Club. Many stores and restaurants only accept credit card. There are also some small shops and vendors that do not accept credit cards. They usually accept both cash and using the common mobile phone payment system Swish. For being able to use Swish, you need to have a Swedish bank account and a Swedish personal code number.

So, to sum it up, having a card to pay with is an absolutely necessity in Sweden. Some small change in SEK is also good to carry with you, but no larger sums are needed.

Contact info for emergency and help

Posted by on Jul 24, 2018 in Okategoriserade | 0 comments

When you need help, are in danger have witnessed an accident or when you get ill. Here are the most important phone numbers in Sweden.

Emergency: 112

Call 112 for emergency: police, ambulance and fire department.


Police: 114 14

Police, non-emergency as reporting crimes, passport questions etc.


Medical Care: 1177

Non-emergency information telephone number. You can get assistance and ask questions about everything concerning your own health.


Catastrophe and accidents info: 113 13

Call 113 13 to receive info about catastrophes and similar incidents around your area, they take phone calls 24/7.


Migration office: 0771-235 235


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