Welcome to American Expats, a series that shows you what expat life is like in cities about the planet. Currently Kate will be sharing about the ups and downs of living in Stockholm. Stockholm appears like a beautiful, livable city so I loved hearing her take on living there as an expat.
Kate is Canadian, and lives in Stockholm with her companion. Function-smart, she wears several hats, operating as a freelance writer, graphic designer, Etsy shop owner, and blogger.
On moving to Stockholm: My companion and I moved to Stockholm in September 2017. He is in the middle of finishing his PhD at the University of Leeds and as portion of his fellowship, he is expected to do his analysis out of the Ericsson headquarters right here in Stockholm.
On producing close friends: Making close friends has been hard in Stockholm. Swedes are typically polite but reserved, so it can take a even though prior to you really feel like you have definitely been accepted into their buddy group.
Fortunately, there are a handful of expat groups and clubs for expats living in Stockholm (Girl Gone International, for 1) that organize normal meet-ups and events. I’ve also been rather fortunate that my yoga studio attracts a lot of expats, so I’ve met rather a handful of individuals there.
On studying Swedish: I took a handful of Swedish lessons when we 1st arrived so I could much better fully grasp some of the easy issues: street indicators, grocery retailer labels, numbers.
At 1st, I naively believed the Swedish language would be easy, but it is not. The grammar was a great deal much more complex than I was utilized to. I’m gradually choosing up bits right here and there (thanks to commercials and jingles), but as everybody speak English I do not get to practice as a great deal as I would like.
On acquiring about: The finest way to get about Stockholm is by public transportation. The network of buses, trains, trams and boats is substantial – you can seriously get anyplace in the city with the very same ticket! When you are in town, it is quite quick and enjoyable to stroll from location to location.
On the expense of living in Stockholm: Compared to other locations I’ve lived, the expense of living in Stockholm is on the larger finish. Meals and other consumables are much more costly than in each Canada and the UK. Also, going out can be a bit of a shock as pint can effortlessly go for 75 SEK ($eight.30).
On Stockholm housing: On typical, renting in Stockholm is rather costly – at least compared to other locations I’ve lived. When you 1st arrive you will have to rent through the sublet or second-hand industry, as there is one thing like a 12-year wait list for 1st-hand rentals in particular components of the city. The second-hand rental industry is unregulated, so you can anticipate to spend a lot much more than if you have a 1st-hand rental.
How a great deal you spend will rely on what location of the city you reside in, how significant your flat is, and irrespective of whether or not it incorporates amenities. I’ve study that in 2017 the typical expense to rent in Stockholm was much more than 12,500 SEK ($1,400 USD) per month, which is substantially larger than in other components of the nation.
On green space: A single of the issues I appreciate most about living in Stockholm is the access to nature. It is a quite green city with so several parks and nature reserves to discover. Swedes are also definitely passionate about wholesome living so no matter the time of year you can obtain individuals out hiking, biking, exploring and just enjoying the city. With bike sharing and so several locations to rent gear (kayaks, skis, and so on.) it is definitely quick to remain active and have exciting in this city!
On Swedish meals: Swedish meals is fairly tasty! I appreciate all the smoked salmon (lox). I also definitely appreciate Swedish meatballs. With a small sauerkraut and lingonberry jam, they are the ideal quickly, tasty, and affordable meal!
On coffee culture: Coffee culture – or fika – is massive in Stockholm! It is a ritual each and every day to take a break and appreciate a fika (coffee with some sort of sweet treat, like a cinnamon bun) with close friends and colleagues.
On the pace of life: The Swedish pace of life is laid-back, but quite effective. Absolutely nothing ever feels rushed but at the very same time, it does not really feel like time is wasted. Lagom [a Swedish word meaning ‘balance’ or ‘moderation’] is quite a great deal the cultural norm right here.
On private security: No matter if residence alone or walking late at evening, I in no way really feel like I have to be concerned. Unless I’ve been reading 1 of the Wallander books (a Scandinoire crime series), then I’m a small much more on edge and cautious haha.
On the winters: Folks look to have this impression that Sweden is freezing, but it basically is not that poor. It does snow and it does get cold, but compared to components of Canada and the US, it is rather mild.
Thank you so a great deal, Kate!
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