6 months in (Northern) Sweden…

…and I still haven’t fall out of love with Sweden! And I have to point out “Northern” because there are many differences between South and North!

1. Yes, the weather may not be the best (normally, at this time of the year, it’s usually much more pleasant!), but we get used to it. On the opposite, we find amazing places to hike, bike and kayak! And whenever we go, there’s a place to grill and eat!

2. We don’t need to switch on the lights for 1/3 of the year! It’s amazing going to sleep with the sun up in the sky, and then waking up as it seems already 11 or 12!

3. The standards of living are really high and you can have a comfortable life and not having to worry about health, education, transportation or other public services – everything seems to be in place and works really well!

4. It’s probably one of the safest countries in the world to live in – you should observe the general security rules, but it’s not like someone is going to steal from you, the minute you turn your head around!

5. Everything is always so clean and everyone respects it – there’s no garbage on the ground (although there’s not too many dustbins either, and I was almost hit by a crazy Swedish woman for throwing a yoghurt in a private dustbin!).

6. Even though most of the Swedes are quiet and serious (much more than in South), they will be friendlier once they get to know you, and if you speak some Swedish 🙂 And after some time, you start to love them!

7. People trust you and respect you at work and you can take holidays whenever you want, for as much weeks as you like!

8. I’ve been loving to drive around and find interesting places everywhere, even though the high season in Northern Sweden spans only for 6 or 8 weeks, and I’ve been having troubles finding the museums I want to visit open! I’ll leave you with a bit of Norrbotten and Västerbotten!

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5 thoughts on “6 months in (Northern) Sweden…

  1. Após 6 anos de Suécia, ainda são esses os motivos pelos quais eu gosto do país! 🙂 Tu estás a pensar em ficar mais tempo, ou é uma estadia temporária? Beijinhos

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  2. Eu vim trabalhar como Eng. de minas, com um contrato permanente… Digamos que vou ficar até eu e a empresa ambas querermos 😉
    Mas dado que a empresa pagou para trazer o meu contentor com a casa toda, e vim de carro para cá, conto mesmo cá ficar algum tempo 🙂
    E tu?
    Bjs

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  3. uau!! descobri o teu blog hoje e li tudo :o) ….é engracado porque temos falado aqui em casa (Alemanha) em visitar os paises nórdicos (noruega, suécia, dinamarca) ainda nao nos conseguimos decidir por onde comecar e a minha filha de 11 anos suspira sempre em ver as luzes polares (nao sei se se chamam assim em portugues). ofereceram-me um livro (que comecei a ler ontem) onde a história é passada aí nessas zonas e Agora conheci as tuas aventuras. vou continuar a vir visitar-te.
    beijos de uma portuguesa a viver na alemanha,
    sandra

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    • Olá sandra!
      Que bom ter-te como visita!
      Em Português o termo é auroras boreais (porque normalmente säo no Norte, dado que quase näo existe terra à mesma latitude no hemisfério sul, caso em que se chamam auroras austrais).
      A tua filha bem tem razäo, e a melhor altura para isso é entre Outubro e Marco, mas claro näo se pode prever, O melhor é estar atento aos sites em que se pode consultar a actividade magnética solar. que é mais intensa a cada 11 anos.

      ps – tens algum blog sobre as tuas experiências na alemanha? seria interessante saber!

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      • Olá,

        tive um blog que desactivei há algum tempo por falta de tempo.
        Estou no Instragram, se quizeres podes procurar “backtogermany”.

        Obrigada pela tua resposta.

        Bjs,
        Sandra

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