One of the beautiful Scandinavian countries, quite up north (just below the north pole). I moved to Malmö in August 2013 and enjoy the (not so) beautiful weather ever since 🙂
How did I end up here you might ask – and the answer is quite simple: my boyfriend lives here. We got together in August 2009 and had a long distance relationship for four years. At some point you get really tired of it, and since he’s been studying medicine – I was the one that moved.
Sometimes, you just have to risk things in order to be happy, to pursue something, or even fail. Failure isn’t anything bad, it happens, you get up and are stronger than before.
My friends in Switzerland and Serbia ask me: “How is it in Sweden?” I seriously hope they read this so they stop asking me 😛 But honestly, I don’t quite know how to answer this, because there are so many aspects to it. Right when I moved here, I was able to take a course in Swedish (for immigrants) for free. I was lucky to find an internship, after only one month, and finally work in my field (Graphic Design).
Sweden is a socialistic country and that’s great. However, most importantly I’m very happy with my relationship. Sure it takes a couple of weeks to get used to each other in everyday life, but that’s normal.
But… and I’m gonna be honest with you – it’s so hard to top Switzerland.
I grew up near Zurich and things that seem as a matter of course to me, are not such a matter of course here. Like being payed for the work you do. No matter what you work, whether an internship or a job, you are always payed. I’m not really – working full time and sure, getting some experience but living on our savings isn’t making life easier.
All in all I don’t want to be all negative – the coffee is great up here! 🙂
The bottom line is, it’s okay. It’s life. And I met some great people here, Swedish and non Swedish (Sweden has a lot of immigrants from all over the world).
The one thing I have a problem with is, that Swedish people are so up tight and cold. Sure the geographical location contributes to that.
Sweden is one of the countries where the Midnight Sun occurs in summer (the sun is up for 24h and there is no sundown), but in winter, there is night 24/7. Well, it’s only up north and since we live in the south, we don’t experience it as that. But the days are shorter here than in Switzerland.
Back to the Swedes… well here some awesome facts:
- They are everything but spontaneous. It happens that I’m asked for a dinner or coffee weeks (!!!) ahead. WTF?
- When you go to a party, you bring your own booze. Unless you have awesome friends like we do. But usually, you bring your own stuff.
- If you go out for drinks or food – you pay for yourself. You will never see a Swede fight to buy you coffee… (which people in Serbia constantly do).
- Swedes always agree and never say what they truly think. It’s like: mhm yeah…. mumble, mumble something, something.
- They N.E.V.E.R. take the last piece of food. The last piece of cake will be cut in halves, quarters, until it reaches a microscopic size. But that microscopic size will stay. I don’t know what’s wrong with taking the last piece of cake or whatever might be on the table.
- Tack! Means thank you and is used in every single possible situation. If you don’t know what to say, always go with Tack. Very thankful people.
- Everyone speaks excellent English, which makes my life so much easier.
- Coffee is a religion up here, you drink it all the time.
- A very common sentence is: “Vad sa du?” meaning: “What did you say?”. Imagine it like this. We are in an office. Person A: “mumble mumble”Person B: “Va sa du?” Person A repeats in a clearer voice. They constantly talk into their chin so no one understands.
- Everyone has a bike. No matter the time of the year or the weather condition. Biking is the way to go.
|Freshly brewed coffee and Chokladboll (Chocolate ball)|