Tag archives for We’re getting married!

My Big Fat Swedish Wedding

Love of planning and unhurried, deliberate journey to the altar be damned. The big day came and went, and my Swede and I tied the knot!

Since then, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the wedding: what it was like, what we did, and so on. It was a long, exciting, joyful day full of activities… and here’s what it looked like. Read more » >>

43 Things I Love About Sweden

Thanks to the wedding, my parents are here in Sweden for the first time, and I am really getting to show off my new home to two pairs of captive ears. Poor people… there are so many fun things to see and do (and eat) that I might be totally exhausting them, but we’re on day six and they still seem pretty game for exploration, so it can’t be that bad.

Besides touring all the tourist sites and cafes in the country, though, I find myself peppering them with a constant stream of facts about life in Sweden. When we got off the train in Lund from Stockholm, I found myself suddenly emotional about how much I love this country that has become home to me.

Without further ado, 43 things I love (tangible and intangible) about life in Sweden. Read more » >>

An American Bachelorette in Sweden

I’m not one to talk about my life as though it’s the most exciting thing around but I’M GETTING MARRIED IN TWO WEEKS so, you know, it is. At least for the moment. (At least for me.)

From what I’ve seen so far, one of the biggest differences between a Swedish wedding and an American wedding has nothing to do with the wedding itself—it’s the way Swedes take on the all-important bachelor and bachelorette party. Read more » >>

The Expat Blog’s Swedish Citizenship Test

Between deciding to tie the knot with my Swedish gentleman friend and uproar over Malmö mayor Ilmar Reepalu’s suggestion that immigrants get a two-year “probationary” citizenship before they are given protection against deportation, the question of Swedish citizenship has been on my mind lately. Read more » >>

When spontaneity culture meets scheduling culture

The part of Swedish culture that I had the hardest time getting used to was definitely the Swedish love for planning ahead, especially when it comes to social events.

Among my friends in the United States, if you want to make plans for the weekend, you can start discussing it on Wednesday. Any earlier than that and you’re kind of pushing it. It’s definitely not a problem to call around on Saturday morning to see what people feel like doing later that evening.

Not so much in Sweden.

Plans for the weekend (at least among my friends) are almost always made in advance, and if you want to throw a party, you need to give all your friends at least two weeks’ notice. Of course, there are a few exceptions to this, but they are far outnumbered by the people with their day calendars and a pencil within reach and ready for action.

Don’t believe me? Check out our condominium association’s laundry schedule. Read more » >>