Before I first came to Sweden I associated the country with blue and yellow Ikea, the world famous Eurovision sensation ABBA, meatballs (even as a vegetarian I know these are good homey Swedish food); I associated Sweden with Phoebe in the American sitcom “Friends” playing a Swedish masseuse but maybe more serious and something I aspire to win one day: the Nobel Prizes (yes I intend to win them all . However, during my first trip here I experienced a side of Sweden that for me is one of the best aspects of Sweden.
Sweden has a population of around 10 million people. The main cities are Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo. However, a large part of Sweden is the countryside, the rural aspects that are not only people but deer, moose, fox, hares, owls and all sorts of other fascinating creatures. To me the Swedish countryside could easily be a place I could call home!
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Earlier this year I decided to make that all important new-years resolution, to get into shape! I signed up to a local gym through the KI (thus with a discounted rate) and knowing that I’d committed myself financially I sure had to make the most it!
Taking Jympa to the Stockholm waterside. Photo: Anneliese Lilienthal.
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The end of the scholar year is approaching and I realized that I hadn’t written anything about the university system in Sweden. So let’s talk about studies before summer holidays start.
When I arrived from France the first thing that surprised me the most was the fact that I had only about 6 hours of class per week, whereas back in Dijon I had more than 30. “6 hours?! Wow!” I was delighted and made a lot of plans for the free time that I would have. But I shouldn’t have been happy too fast: in fact this time was supposed to be spent on reading the abundant course literature. For each course I had in average 3 books to comprehend and when you’re not used to read in English… well, these 3 books can seem to be veeeery long.
Another thing was that the books are quite expensive. So, 3 books per course, 4 courses per semester, 24 books per year.. can turn to be harmful to your student budget. Read more » >>