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2018-10-04, 13:49

Things a foreigner should know moving to Sweden

I found this list of ten tips for people moving to Sweden interesting. Since they come from someone who actually did this and had these unexpected experiences, it gives them weight. In short, this is the list:

  1. Bureaucracy is tricky

  2. Skype interviews can make you nervous – they shouldn't

  3. Finding an apartment in Stockholm takes time and patience

  4. Embrace weird situations

  5. Learn the language

  6. Don't believe in stereotypes

  7. Get used to not using cash

  8. Keep calm on the subway

  9. Walk around and don't use a map

  10. Be patient with the Swedes

If you have been through this journey, what would you add to the list? What made you frustrated? What do you wish you had known before you came to Sweden?

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Best regards, Niklas 🎈

2018-10-04, 14:24

Maybe this is because I am from the US, but from what I have experienced, customer service is in general pretty bad. 😅 So one has to get used to that, I still am 😆

2018-10-04, 16:03

Number 3 and number 7 were my biggest cultural shock moving to Sweden. Also, be prepared for a major increase in your cost of living!

All the best, Leia

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2018-10-05, 06:25

Don't get too close! 

Swede's have a larger invisible "personal space" that should be respected. 

Except most people don't know about it! For instance, if you are in a long line with a bunch of Swede's don't get too close. It is better stay back a bit.

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2018-10-05, 11:53

#3: I think the best thing may be to see how far apart other people (Swedes) are spread and use that distance as a guide. #2: Was number seven hard to get used to or just unusual? #1: I have heard another non-Swede say that too. Can you describe the difference? What are we missing out on? Is it the level of service we get or the way it’s delivered or something else?

Best regards, Niklas 🎈

2018-10-05, 21:57

#2 For me it was hard to get used to, at home I usually card but I arranged it so that when I moved to Sweden I could take out cash for free without any additional charges, so that way I wasn't charged with every transaction. I soon realised cash wasn't the best thing.

All the best, Leia

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