Hej there, Stockholm!

Hej there, Stockholm!

“Hej” there, my dear readers!

I can´t believe that I am in Stockholm! All the planning and preparing for this adventure made the actual beginning of it seem so far away…

Now it has actually been more than a week since I have arrived in this snowy winter- wonderland!

This passed week at Stockholm University was called “orientation week” and was organised for all the newcomer- students and Erasmus students. The university offered various guided tours in- and off campus, different presentations with helpful information and many events in the evenings!

There has been so much to do and to see these passed few days, so I am very happy to have found some time for myself right now and write the first post of my blog!

Stockholm winter panorama

I have been wondering what my first post should be about…

Should I fill you in about my packing crisis in Vienna before I departed? Or should I tell you about the experiences I made in the hotel, which I stayed in over the last weekend, where the rooms looked like ship cabins? Or would you rather be interested in what I have been up to in Stockholm so far…?

I have decided to give you insight into my list of top 10 “fun facts” about Sweden:

Top 10 Fun- Facts about Sweden

  1. Not ALL Swedes are blonde!
  2. Don´t walk around in Jeans in a – 11°C weather!
  3. Everything you do should be “lagom”!

“Lagom” is the Swedish meaning for moderation or being in balance. It means: not too little, not too much, just the right amount. For example you should put the “lagom” amount of sugar in your coffee- not too little and not too much. In Sweden it is not only a saying but a lifestyle!

  1. Gender equality makes Sweden famous! This crystalizes very quickly when- e.g. you need to go to the bathroom, since most of the time men and women share the same public bathrooms!
  2. Since everybody is considered equal in Sweden it is to understand that nobody is better than another person. This means one should publicly behave just as one would wish others to behave.

One can experience this cultural principal for example in the “tunnelbana” (underground). It is so quiet on the trains because everybody assumes that everyone else is just as busy as they are. Therefore nobody would dare to disturb anyone else!

  1. The church is separated from the state since 2000! Only 26 per cent of Swedes claim to be religious- many inhabitants are without religious domination!
  2. How to act when invited to a Swede´s house: First, take off your shoes when you enter the house! It is wet and muddy outside because of the snow and you wouldn´t want to carry all the dirt into your friend´s apartment!
  3. How to act socially: Work in groups! Swedes love to work in groups and make decisions together!
  4. The relationship between employer and employee are very good in Sweden! Often you can call your employer by the first name and share a congenial relationship!
  5. Last but not least: the most important thing to remember: never forget your “fika” of the day! “Fika” can be explained as a coffee- brake, where you gather with your colleagues or friends and discuss personal matters, have political debates or just talk about the weather. It is considered as a very cultural thing and even the state encourages workplaces to provide “fikas” for their employees!

These are some things I have learned over this past week!

In addition to my “fun facts”, I have gathered some pictures from my first impressions of Stockholm for you!

Stockholm University campus winter

The university campus

Stockholm winter skyline

Stockholm´s skyline

Stockholm University campus park winter

Stockholm University campus park winter

Stockholm winter night

Twilight at 3:30 pm

I am extremely happy to be here and consider Stockholm as a beautiful and exciting city!

Be sure to check out my next blogs soon!

Hej då and good- bye!

Yours,

Katja