MN fika anyone?

(13 Posts)
Komnu Mon 13-Apr-15 21:19:48

Hej, any Swedish MNers or MNers living in Sweden fancy a virtual kanelbulle and kaffe? I'm English but I've lived here a year now and I love the place smile

PissedAS Mon 13-Apr-15 21:39:53

Are you in Stockholm?

Komnu Tue 14-Apr-15 06:23:06

No, Uppsala.

purpleapple1234 Tue 14-Apr-15 06:48:35

Hej! I'm in gothenburg. I'm English too. DH is swedish, as is dd who was born here. I love it here too.

BeedlesPineNeedles Tue 14-Apr-15 06:56:04

purple I'm in Gothenburg too grin with Swedish DP. Been here nearly 6 years, can't really imagine moving back to England.

lifeisnotadressrehersal Tue 14-Apr-15 08:37:46

Hi all. Been in Southern Sweden for 5 years now.
Still haven't decided if this is permanent yet though. hmm confused

Komnu Tue 14-Apr-15 15:59:35

Hej all! We are here for a fixed period with DH's work but we're really hoping we can stay long term. Looks like it might be possible, but currently our big issue is finding long term accommodation hmm Is the situation for renting really difficult in other cities too?

SirVixofVixHall Tue 14-Apr-15 16:02:31

We have very close friends in Sweden and have mulled over moving there for six months or a year. What is it like to live there as a Brit? ("Fika" is one of the few Swedish words I understand...).

purpleapple1234 Tue 14-Apr-15 16:15:16

In gothenburg it is really difficult. We lived - no joke - in someone's sommarstuga in a koloniområde (glorified alotment) for a month when dd was 7 months old. I wish I was joking! But we've got a first-hand contract now. A great tip we heard and used to get our place is to write a begging letter to the private landlords. They don't have to use the queue system. We got our place within a few months. You can't believe the feeling of relief to have a place to rent (just like in the uk) indefinitely!!

beedles where are you? We're in Frölunda. Supposedly one of the ghettos, but a very swedish-type of ghetto. We feel very safe and love being close to the sea and town.

BeedlesPineNeedles Wed 15-Apr-15 09:06:00

purple we're on the other side of the city in Kortedala, also one of the supposedly less-nice areas, but I've never felt unsafe here.

I've have luckily never experienced the horror of trying to find somewhere to rent as DP had kept up his first-hand contract even whilst working away. And now we have a house and garden which is even better.

Vix I suppose it would be the same as moving anywhere, if you can sort out housing and a way to support yourself it could be lovely, if not it could be utter hell!! Most people here do speak English, but they can actually be a little shy about speaking English to a native English speaker.

Komnu Wed 15-Apr-15 18:37:36

Purple yes we managed to get one short term place through Blocket by writing a full on sob story letter smile Am defo gonna do it again when we next need to move!

SirVix, I would highly recommend moving here, with the caveat that the accommodation issue is a really big one. But if you are only coming for a short fixed period you should be able to sublet relatively easily.... We have found life here lovely, we have found people to be really friendly, and we have a mixture of Swedish and International friends. The govt make it super easy for anyone to learn Swedish for free once you're here, and it's possible to get by with English to start with. The pace of life is really pleasant, and many of the stereotypes about fantastic outdoor life, family friendly society etc have proven to be true for us. I take my DD to playgroup a few times a week and have found that a great way to improve my Swedish and meet people.

Komnu Sat 30-May-15 20:57:05

Any further with your Sweden plans SirVix?

Watching the first series of Welcome to Sweden this evening after picking it up for a bargainous 59sek in Ica. I actually really like it, although I'm preferring the second series... Anyone else watch?

Holly34 Tue 29-Dec-15 03:18:27

Anyone in Stockholm? Know of a good hospital for child birth wink

Moved here few months ago and really like it we might make it a permanent move after baby arrives DH prefers it here to London. I am bit uncertain thou. Any views? anyone else also moved here and felt they made the right choice? grin

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