You know you’ve been in Sweden too long when you…

* Call your friends to go for a “fika“…

instead of inviting a friend to go for a coffee, it becomes natural to ask:

“Are you up for a fika around 4 p.m.?”

 

* Write “hej” instead of “hey“…

when you begin text messages. And no, it is not misspelled.

 

* Get angry when people do not recycle properly…

because everyone should know what plastic and what carton is.

 

* Think it’s usual to see cows on the way to uni…

when you’re walking from the student residence Lappkärsberget to Stockholm university.

 

* Appreciate the smallest ray of sunshine…

when it’s the only one you’ve seen since several days/weeks/months.

 

 

* Aren’t surprised when the airport is quiet…

or the train station. Or the metro on a Friday evening.

 

* Go out on a Friday night at 9 p.m…

because you don’t want to pay 15 euros to enter a club.

 

* Go to the gym several times per week…

because in Sweden everyone works out!

 

* Buy alcohol in the afternoon, several hours before the party…

or even several days before. Because Systembolaget is closed on Saturday evenings. And on holidays.

 

* Come to a party with your own alcohol mix that you put in a plastic bottle…

because “Joey doesn’t share alcohol“.

 

* Drink milk during dinner…

to be tall as a Swede.

 

* Eat cheese, shrimps and crab from a tube…

because that’s the way to do it, man!

 

* Wear a small leather pocket on a lace around your neck…

yes, the one you can barely put your keys in. So fashionable… and so useless.

 

* Go sun-bathing when it’s 15°C and think the water’s warm when it reaches 12°C…

because that’s the summer here!

 

 

Lappis. June 2012. Photo by Nathalia Mikhalkov.

Lappis. June 2012. Photo by Nathalia Mikhalkov.

 

 

  • http://twitter.com/rkyeyagalire Robert Kyeyagalire

    Wow, thanks for the blog. I am coming to Stockholm in August for school at KI, and have been following your blog for tips and insights. Thanks for always sharing your experience.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002875526848 Angie Skazka

    Eat cheese, shrimps and crab from a tube — what’s the tube is?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002875526848 Angie Skazka

      ah, i got it. like a toothpaste ))

  • V Muravska

    Very nice one! :)

  • Rscalt7

    Fuck…I am in Sweden since 5 months and I am doing already eleven of these things…
    I am contaminatedddddddddddddddddd

  • Martha

    Hahaha! This was funny! You really gave a good idea.

  • http://www.facebook.com/paul.adam.9275439 Paul Adam

    Fantastic article and great post.Always good to see, this was a brilliant post.

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