SURVING IN SWEDEN Living in Sweden can become dramatically difficult if you donÂ´t adapt to the culture and adapt quickly before the winter slowly creeps up on you. Sweden is a whole new eye opener for an international individual and it could be a shocking yet wonderful experience depending on the way that you look at it. Many people have a similar view on Sweden and its summer while moving here, assuming that living in Sweden would be similar to for example being in The Shire from Lord of The Rings. People have a preconceived notion that Sweden is an environment surrounded by nature, music, and festivals; that the Swedish population is filled with blonde haired, blue eyed, and tanned people. And that the Summer is filled with the Midsommar aura of magic and romance with a language like a lullaby that is soft, sweet, and intoxicating. Its like the heavens have opened up with a whole new beautiful understanding of culture. This fairy-tale may be true in some shape or form but once reality sets in and seasons change, adaptation can be quite difficult for some people. As a newcomer here try to keep your mind open to a culture that may be drastically different than your own and be pacient with the differences that you may not be accustomed too. Pros, Cons & Steriotypes 1. The Swedish are usually very loyal in their characteristics and actions but are not the warmest and the most communicative of people within their culture. 2. The Swedish culture are very concentrated on equal rights and therefore alot of traditions have changed in relation to men and women traditions. 3. Exclusivity amongst the Swedish culture has become a norm in many instances. 4. Splitting the tab equally and always being punctual is a major and important act to follow within the Swedish culture. To survive in Gothenburg also means that you need to get a grasp on getting around the city, understanding the area and knowing how to control your finances i.e. bank account. Another thing that might be important is language. Although the Swedish culture is really educated in the english language, knowing a little swedish goes along way! Transportation When arriving here one big thing to focus on is transportation. The transportation system that is used here in Gothenburg is called Vasttrafik. Vasstrafik centers can be found all around Gothenburg i.e. Central Station and Brunnesparken. Most people decide to get monthly pass vasttrafik cards and they can also be bought at the Vasttrafik centers, grocery stores and Pressbyron stores. When searching to go from point A to point B on the map, the best strategy is
to go to http://www.vasttrafik.se/ on your mobile or on your computer to find destination times. You can also send an SMS to pay for your ticket on the tram. In order to do this you type GV (stands for Göteborg vuxen) and send it to 72450.
OPENING A SWEDISH BANK ACCOUNT Alot of international people are very confused about whether or not they should open up a Swedish bank account. The truth is having access to a Swedish bank account while living in Sweden can help and be more convenient for paying bills, and not having to deal with currency exchange. It is important to look at the difference in fees with money exhange vs. costs of a bank accvount, bank cards, and payment fees. Opening up a Swedish bank account can be difficult because of customer identity reasons. Certain banks are more willing to accept international students as customers. There are many student bank accounts that you may be able to choose from. Sweden has SEB, Forex, Handels Banken, and many others. SEB, is one of the only major Swedish banks that allow international students for example to open up a bank account after a period of 3 months of staying in Sweden. Students staying longer than one year can apply for a Swedish personal identity number which helps your possibilities of opening an account at any Swedish bank.
As they say...being able to communicate or try to communicate with a few words can are important when trying to get around and adapt to the Swedish society. Swedish people absolutely love when international people attempt to learn the language because it also shows an attempt to learn the culture. It is great when living in Sweden to try to learn some cool phrases every once in a while! TOP MOST POPULAR SWEDISH SENTENCES/PHRASES Take it easy-Tag det lugnt I will take a break-Jag ska ta en fika There is no such thing as cold weather only bad clothing-Det finns inget sådant som kallt väder bara dåliga kläder I love you-Jag älskar dig How are you? Hur mår du? Otherwise-Annars
Very nice weather we have-Mycket fint väder vi har Where can I buy beer-Var kan jag köpa öl
TOP COOL AND RANDOM PLACES TO GO IN SWEDEN: Salthomen On the outskirts of Gothenburg by the ocean is a place called Salthomen which is the end before taking a ferry out to the archipelago. Out here you have a badet beach and also some very nice cliffs to dive off of into the water. There are two small islands connected by bridges that you can also visit and have a dip in the ocean. Archipelago of Gothenburg The Southern Gothenburg Archipelago lies off the coast of Gothenburg and is absolutely beautiful. The islands are a great place to visit and are completely free of cars. The most popular islands are named Asperö, Styrsö, and Vrångo. Here you can rent cabins, ride bicyles, swim to other islands, and go on many adventures and excursions. Liseberg Amusement Park This amusement park has a huge assortment of rides such as carousels and roller.coasters. The amusement park also has many concerts that involve Veronica Maggio, Lenny Kravits, and many other famous artists/bands. The park is open daily from May to August and weekends in April/September/October. Tickets: SEK 55. The park can be reached with tram 5 to Liseberg or bus 51 to Korsvägen. Fun Trips to plan on your weekends off. Fun trips that alot of students plan are usually through the Scanbalt Cruise and student trips to Lapland. With the Scanbalt Student Cruise they provide students a two day cruise to places like Estonia and Latvia full of excitement and fun entertainment with over 2500 international students from all over Sweden. Trips to Lapland are also exciting because you are able to be apart of the Aurora Borealis. Cozy Spots for Studying Haga Cafe is a student area that is apart of Gothenburg University and is a fun spot for all students to go and eat cafeteria food but also study and work on their computers. Hage by Jarntorget is one of the most interesting, bohemian, and closiest places to be when wanting to find a spot to study here in Gothenburg. The area is absolutely adorable and has many cute coffee shops that sell very delicious food and coffee.
Stads Biblioteket The City Library on the avenue close to Park Lane Night Club is enormous and a great place to concentrate on your studies. They provide so many study areas, a coffee shop, a thousand sections of books on various subjects, and even a basement that has chess tournaments and a game room with playstation and wii! The perfect getaway for students wanting to study outside of their dorm!