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It seems like every Swedes can speak fluent English.
How common is English in Sweden?
And if it's common, why?
English education starts early and we have a whole lot of english and american shows on tv.
Exposure and education, all there is to it.
As in, people will eventually stop teaching Swedish and focus more on English?
It's defintely the everyday language to the full extent, albeit with a couple of English words thrown in here and there among the younger generations.
Also, that's not really how languages work.
I mean, do you feel like your language - English - is undermined or make you feel less American when you use words like "café" or "information"?
Because those are French words.
Or do you feel like you lose your cultural identity when you use words like "husband" or "thing"?
Those are Scandinavian words.
What will happen is that the language - just like every other language - will develop in the same way it always has.
As a result of cultural contact and politics, new words will enter it and some will disappear.
Maybe in a couple of hundred years we will be looking back at the Swedish of today and call it "Young Swedish" just like we call the Swedish of the Middle Ages "Old Swedish" or how we call the predecessor to English "Old English".
If the specifics of a language would be that crucial to the culture's identity, we would still be speaking Old Norse or something and you would probably be speaking something very similar Anglo-Saxon and Old Norse languages are believed to have been almost mutually intelligible, because Vikings.
I think you're overestimating how much we use English, and no wonder since it's always mentioned on reddit how good we are at it and how much we use it.
Swedish really is by far the dominent language of everyday life here.
While it's possible to live here, go about your daily business, and even work in some places speaking only english, it would affect your social life a lot.
Also most work positions are pretty hard to land if you're not able to speak swedish.
Swedish isn't even close to being threatened.
What does happen a lot though is a bunch of borrowing of english words.
But especially in technology related things, or most new inventions, there is a lot of borrowing the english word for things, like smartphone, laptop, tablet, etc.
And even for things for which there are swedish words, I can see how I often only know the english term and not the swedish.
Also in some grammar, there can be people mixing grammar rules from english and swedish.
For example capitalization of weekdays and months, which is done in english, but not in swedish.
This sort of 'anglification' is being actively fought.
It's comfy and charming in a way.
The English in Sweden that you see I think is on billboards and forum conversations.
That's not very representative of our everyday communication.
You don't get that deep into the language with just TV shows, movies and youtube videos.
I do find american pretty boring when it comes to profanities though.
Knowing only Swedish isn't enough.
Half the movies in the theater are in English.
Many web sites aren't translated to Swedish.
Almost no one outside of Scandinavia understands Swedish.
English is to begin with pretty easy to learn as a swedish speaker, as they are not too different.
But as I said, the biggest reason is the insignificance of our own language.
If you want to find any information on the internet, you'll get a lot better and more detailed info if you go for info in english.
If you want to watch click movies, and read litterature, you have a vastly bigger selection if you go for english.
Hey, I office of liquor and gaming contact even play most games like pokemon and Zelda and read what was written in them as a kid because there was no translation to swedish.
So almost everyone will see the need for learning the language, and will even want to do so, because it's so enriching in every way.
If you have students who really want to learn, they'll be pretty good at learning.
And the internet helps amplifying this benefit too, so this is probably at least one reason for why english is one of few subjects in school which have been steadily seen better results over time.
And as a university student, a large proportion of my litterature is in english, so especially in higher education, english is huuugely important.
This gap in what you can do with another language is not as big for speakers of german, french, japanese or spanish, since those languages are huge too, and they have a bigger selection of litterature, film, TV and information.
Games for the PAL region typically have translations to english, german, french, spanish and italian.
If you don't speak one of those, you'd better learn one of them if you want to play games.
And all kids want to play games.
That said, older people, especially over 70 years old or so, will have a much harder time with english.
Some can't even speak it at all.
But I would say that almost everyone below the age of 60 or so would probably be able to at least communicate with you although possibly poorly in english.
Under the age of 40, you can probably assume most people to be pretty conversant in english.
English replaced the status of German in a decision made 1939, for reasons easily understood.
Sweden is a subtitling country, in that we do not replace the audio tracks for tv series and movies with Swedish speakers.
Also we're so small that we do have quite a lot of foreign tv and movies.
We're also a click with a lot of international trade, and english is the dominating language.
So many people need to speak english for work.
I know they are different languages but I'd imagine there is some crossover, right?
Most Swedes can understand most Norwegians and it's even easier in written language.
You will see many similarities between Swedish and Norwegian.
That means norwegians understand both swedes and danes but swedes and danes cannot communicate well unless they live close by like the scanians understand danish pretty well because they are pseudo danes.
Are employees working during typical leisure periods paid more, similar to Thanksgiving workers in America?
We only have so many weeks of good summer, so it's quite natural.
And No, you don't get paid extra as a general rule.
Sometimes you get a bonus if you move your vacation if there is a need for it, but that's quite rare.
But the law states that if nothing else had been negotiated, you have a right to four continuous weeks in June, July and August.
Pretty much everyone in retail have some compensation for working evenings, weekends or holidays.
Most summer days aren't holidays.
Not everything everything, but a lot.
So no office to office business is needed since they are both off.
And lots of stores that are non vital, like fancy furniture stores will be closed as well as many places that have business customers.
As such, there isn't a super big demand of someone to cover.
It's like a month long Sunday.
For the rest, people spread out their vacation to have staff all summer some people take it in June instead etc.
And lots of high school and college kids get summer jobs in July to cover supermarkets and go here things that need vacation staff.
Nurses get paid more for moving their vacation since it's a lack of nurses in general.
Despite having such a small population, Sweden seems to have won more Nobel prizes per-capita compared to most other countries.
But we do hit above our weight in quite a lot of things likeand all kinds of computer related stuff, like games, and probably a bunch of other stuff too edit: how could I forget music?
It's a bit weird to be honest.
On one hand it allows this huge sense of pride at times.
But at the same time, I think most people here take pride in being modest.
Modesty is like the virtue of virtues in some sort of collective swedish cultural mindset.
So when talking to people from other countries it's this constant mental infighting between wanting to show something you're proud of, while at the same time not comming off as boasting or overly patriotic.
You can always get away with boasting if you're funny while you're doing it.
I have lived in four countries and everyone is like "meh, let's go have a BEER man!
In Sweden it is like "when we have finished the project we can go have a beer".
As of my understanding you implied that quality of education was equal?
I think the education is inferior in all compared to Sweden but I think it has to do with the mentality in general except for the US where it has to do with public funding.
So it's all about being better than Denmark.
I'm sure they feel the same.
I am however worried that regarding education and academia there is a tendency for the more ambitious to conglomerate in a single city.
In Scania, the county I live in, it is not rare for people to commute for 1-2+ hours to go to school in Lund, instead of studying somewhere closer to them.
So there seems to be a risk for bran-drain from the countryside, leading to a more segregated society.
At the same time the system allows for the more ambitious to prosper, which is a good thing.
It is a difficult question, and I wonder exactly how the counties and the state are going to deal with it.
Sorry if I got a bit political, I have family working at the Univeristy of Lund so questions regarding academia is a bit close to heart.
If you have any other questions, I would gladly answer them!
One of the areas that I'm looking at visiting next just for amusement parks is northern Europe, so although it's not just Sweden, it's nonetheless your region.
What I have in mind is to do a 19 day trip that would start in St.
Petersburg and end in Hamburg.
The schedule would look like: Day 1: Fly to St.
Petersburg Day 2: Divo Ostrov St.
Petersburg, Russia Day 3: Linnanmäki Helsinki, Finland Day 4: Särkänniemi Tampere, Finland Day 5: Power Park Alahärmä, Finland Day 6: Ferry from Vaasa to Umeå, drive to hotel in Söråker.
Day 7: Gröna Lund Stockholm, Sweden.
Day 8: Kolmården Zoo Kolmården, Sweden.
Day 9: Skara Sommarland Axvall, Sweden.
Day 10: Liseberg Göteborg, Sweden.
Day 11: Tusenfryd Vinterbro, Norway.
Day 12: Fårup Sommerland Blokhus, Denmark Day 13: Djurs Sommerland Nimtofte, Denmark Day 14: Tivoli Friheden Aarhus, Denmark and Legoland Billund Billund, Denmark Day 15: Bakken Klampenborg, Denmark and Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen, Denmark Day 16: Bonbon-Land Holmegaard, Denmark Day 17: Hansa Park Sierksdorf, Germany Day 18: Heide Park Soltau, Germany Day 19: Fly out of Hamburg.
Yes, I can do all that driving without a problem, but is the mass transit system particularly by railway extensive enough that I could use a train for the whole trip, or are there parks on the trip that are too far out of the way that I would still need a car?
Also, could I still keep to a good schedule where I could still get full days at most of these parks?
Are there any ferries directly from Vaasa or another port near-ish to Power Park directly to Stockholm?
I try to search for the cheapest hotels I can find that are rated decently.
It's super common over in the US to find hotels with air conditioning and complimentary breakfast.
Are those naturally less common over in northern Europe or was I just looking in the wrong places?
Is this a realistic price for northern Europe?
If not, what do you think I should budget instead?
Any other tips on how to make the trip cheaper that I didn't specifically ask for?
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If you hadnt planned Kolmården Zoo you'd pass my home town, between gröna lund in Stockholm and skara sommarland, and I would help you out by offering free housing and a swedish breakfast, for one night :.
As for public transport, you'll get by just fine with that, at least in the nordics and germany, cant speak for russia or norway because I've never traveled there with public transport.
It will take up more of your time than driving a car tough, but its doable.
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If you dont buy a rail pass, but travel by train anyway, you will be broke very quickly.
I did a 22 day trip last July throughout the US that had literally twice the amount of driving as compared to this; I have to admit, it was pretty exhausting, but OMG it was epic.
My other concern with taking trains, however, is if the schedules for arrivals and departures aren't at the right times, then I might have to end up forking over the small mountain of money to use a car in order to spend an appropriate amount of time at the parks.
Yes, we "coaster enthusiasts" are a relatively small group, but we do exist.
It's been my dream to design them since I was nine years old, and is the reason why I got my degree in mechanical engineering.
EDIT: Now that Kolmården Zoo has Wildfire, there's no way I'm gonna skip that; I've heard nothing but absolute praise about it.
Have a pleasent trip!
Or Norway for that matter.
In Sweden and Denmark though you don't really need a car.
I've been to all of the Swedish ones you http://allcasinoinbitcoin.top/and/egypt-and-rome-slot-machine.html and got by perfectly fine with public transportation.
Denmark is tiny and densely-ish populated.
Lots of trains office of liquor and gaming contact everywhere.
AFAIK, Wildfire was closed because the people living around the park complained or something.
I'm guessing that it'll be resolved by the summer opening would be shocked otherwise so if you're going just for Wildfire I would try to keep my eyes open for updates regarding that.
Long story short they didn't appear to have gone through the proper channels to do a full environmental impact study or maybe it was mandated retroactively by the local government and I never nailed down a specific time frame, anyway; Actually I might wait until 2018 to wait for both Wildfire's legal problems to get fixed and Liseberg's replacement for Kanonen to open up.
A lot of hotels offer breakfast but not the cheapest ones.
Is this a realistic price for northern Europe?
If not, what do you think I should budget instead?
Food at any theme park in Sweden will cost you a lot!
Sommarland, Kolmården and Gröna Lund has the same owner.
Contact them and maybe your lucky and can get a great deal.
Your story is fun and interesting.
IMO your schedule is crazy.
There is no room for mistakes.
Most of the time you will be driving.
That's 6-7 hours of your day.
Find cheap flights from Vaasa to Stockholm about.
You will then save 20 hours and money.
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I've moving to Copenhagen hopefully soon, and saw that it looks like Sweden is probably within driving distance.
How is the city of Malmo?
Where would you recommend going that is close to your border with Denmark?
I hope I get to visit your country someday!
Not sure how different it is from Copenhagen.
While a lot smaller, it's the 3rd largest city in Sweden, and should have lots of things to see.
Add only a few more minutes on your train ride and you'll end up in Lund, which is a very historically significant place, with our 2nd oldest univeristy, more than 500 years old.
It's a student city, with a large proportion of students, and also has a lot of high tech companies and things, while also being a historic city.
Should definitely be worth a visit.
I'd also strongly recommend going there on April the 30th if possible, when last-of-April-celebrations are going on.
It's huge among students!
They are all beautiful, however "Dalby Söderskog" is tiny so if you are visiting I recommend to also take a walk around the nearby reserves.
If you have too damn much time you could walk the "Skåneleden", a 1000km+ long trail that takes you through most of what nature has to offer in Scania although there is more.
If you are visiting Lund then also try to get into the Lund Cathedral.
It is probably not worth an entire day dedicated to visiting it, however it is still beautiful.
Otherwise there is also the Malmo festival, which happens once a year from the 12th till 19th of August.
You have access to Berlin via train.
In Sweden, Falsterbo and Skanör are nice, if you follow the coastline to Smygehamn you reach the most Southern point in Sweden.
If you want to travel more you can travel further to Ystad, which I think is the poshest accent in Sweden lol.
Trelleborg is boring but has decent shopping so skip it, I know I been there many times ; If you feel like doing this trip I would suggest that you follow the Österlen konstrunda, which showcases a lot of local artists around Skåne and Österlen.
I would really recommend that you a return trip by train during spring.
Book in advance the tickets should be available up to three months ahead of today's date and the price will be pretty good.
History, sport, nature and so on?
I got plenty of tips, depending on what you find interesting to do.
If there are some really nice nature places nearby I would like to see those too.
There is also plenty of old castles around.
Malmöhus is an old defensive castle maybe 200meter away from the central trainstation in Malmö.
There is an old Citadell in Landskrona.
Also you should really visit.
Its a beuatiful island in the middle of Öresund.
You can get there from either Copenhagen or Landskrona by ferry.
It's silly, but it also helped me learn a lot about your country as well as Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Estonia.
The drawings are really cute, and the author is funny.
What do you think about it?
She knows all the different traits and quirks of the different countries and she's able to convey them with such excellent clarity.
Each character has a defined personality based on history, and it's very engaging.
They are not very well known in the US, but I know they have considerable success in Europe, as far as I know.
A curious Marylander has a question for you: How do you feel about the systembolaget you have in place?
When I lived in NYC, I could buy alcohol at grocery stores or even pop down to a bodega for a beer, in Maryland I have to go to a designated liquor store to buy, but I've never imagined going to a government run store to purchase alcohol.
What do you think of it?
Are you overall satasfied, or is there room for improvement?
Me personally who am from America studying here, I feel like one thing I will miss about Sweden is Systembolaget.
But in reality it isn't a very big difference from some U.
For instance in Idaho all alcoholic beverages above 16% ABV is state run liquor stores.
Majority of states though are privately run.
But anyway, the point is, in Systembolaget you could get basically whatever you want.
I mean I once had a craving for a local beer from home and asked them to order it in for me.
But yeah in some cases it is a bit extreme, only alcoholice beverages that are allowed to be sold outside of it are beverages with ABV under 3.
A majority still supports it, since it probably lowers the total amount of drunkenness with everything that comes with it hospital bills, dead people, ruined lifes etc.
At the same time it's annoying to have to go there to buy any alcoholic drinks instead of buying them anywhere you want, and opening hours aren't that good.
Then again you get a pretty good selection of alcohol compared to other places, and especially in smaller towns the selection of rare varieties of wine and so on is much better than you would find in a similar town elsewhere.
Also, since they are one of the biggest buyers of alcohol in the world, the prices on fancy stuff can often be better than in other countries, despite the alcohol tax.
Basically, a lot of people find it annoying, but most people tolerate it and support it in the bigger picture, because they see the benefits.
It really is a love-hate relationship somehow.
I think the general idea is brilliant, especially from an addiction psychology mindset.
Although I think they could have more stores, with better hours.
I don't think this would go against the concept.
The key of it in my mind is to have it in a separate store the mental step to 'just add' a bottle of wine while shopping is smaller, but still easy enough if you actually really want itand getting away from corporate interests in making you drink more alcohol.
They also make commercials, which are essentially anti-alcohol propaganda.
Which is fine I think, but other people have a problem with.
They can be interesting though, like that they've been airing during christmas.
Just be warned that if you're right-wing and anti-big government you might have an aneurysm watching it.
It portrays an american sales expert trying to help stores sell more.
I don't know, I find it sort of cringy and touching at the same time.
It's cringy 600 olg slots and casinos toronto players this "oh look at us and our morally superior alcohol sales, not like those dirty capitalists in the US" sort of way.
Especially since the US is probably one of the countries outside the Nordics with the most similar attitude to alcohol.
Other european countries like Germany or France are a lot more liberal on alcohol sales.
They also made a really nice app, supposed to help you drink moderately.
Like you enter everything you drink how strong, how much and at what time, as well as how much you weigh and gender etcand it'll keep scores to make sure you stay below 0.
Like if they invite you to their home, they might not mean it.
Same with making plans etc.
They won't necessarily give you their real opinion.
When I was in the US, an African-American male tried to sell me marijuana and I almost died from laughter because he could've been taken straight out TV.
He was wearing a white wife beater, a chain around his neck, baggy pants and sneakers.
Like if they invite you to their home, they might not mean it.
Same with making plans etc.
They won't necessarily give you their real opinion.
That's because we're conditioned to say polite things even though we don't really mean them.
In the US it's very common for clerks and cashiers to say "Hey, how are you?
On the contrary, if you were to answer truthfully I imagine most people in the US would be rather surprised and find it odd, which means it just a super insincere greeting, to someone from a different culture.
We get enough exposure to hold many different suiting stereotypes.
One is that everything is just too much.
Everything is huge, planet hollywood and food servings, buildings, streets, the vast empty spaces, the people etc.
Very, very, conservative when it comes to politics.
Hates the government and all that it does.
Like your typical "left wing" party is significantly to the right of our typical right wing party.
Like my teacher told of when her sister got called a communist in Georgia, when she was really quite far out on the conservative side of the political spectrum.
Another would be the gun crazy person screaming "get off my property" and shooting towards you.
Or just like the redneck stereotype of driving around in huge gaz-guzzling pickup trucks screaming yeee-haw!
These ones most people get is not typical, except for some very specific areas though.
If the question is what we'd think of as some average American family, it'd probably be a white middle class, suburban family with two kids.
They use the car probably a huge SUV office of liquor and gaming contact get just about anywhere, even if they're just going like two blocks away.
Like, the Simpsons and Family Guy come to mind.
But enough with negative ones, there are some positive ones too.
Like being very friendly in conversations, talkative and easy to make friends with.
Very proactive people with a get-shit-done attitude, and strong work ethics.
What kind of trash talk would happen in such a situation?
He talks too incoherently.
When Scandinavians get drunk we are the best of friends.
It's when we are sober that we are snide.
I think that at least among middle class families that have the money to do so a pretty decent chunk a large proportion go and take a skiing vacation every now and then.
Among those with less money, or with immigrant parents, less common.
It's a pretty long drive for most people to get to the major skiing locations Sälen probably closest to most peoplebut it's typically doable in a day.
The tech industry, especially in Stockholm, is doing really well.
I am looking to foreign exchange there next year for my sophomore 10th grade school year.
How different is the school system?
I would like to know if these students are more advanced than those here in the US.
This is my main concern about exchanging to this country.
My impression is that the school system in the US is way easier, most of my exams were multiple choice with maybe one "essay" question.
In Sweden multiple choice is quite rare.
The essay question was usually just 2-4 sentences and quite easy, often a re-worded question that we had previously seen in class.
An essay question in Sweden would be 1-4 pages, depending on the subject and question.
More focus is put on how reflection and critical thinking, there are less "what"-questions and more "why"- and "how"-questions if that makes sense.
An example would be comparing social studies - in the US I had to take an "American Government" class with most of the focus being the constitution, just memorizing the contents in it, when the different amendments were added and whatnot.
Back home for "Swedish Government" the class was divided and we got to represent one of the major parties 7 at the time and read up on their policies on some selected issues, and then we had a debate amongst the students which was 50% of our grade for that course of something.
We rarely had actual discussions about different policies in the US, it was more "remember what the teacher says".
I also recall a lot of office of liquor and gaming contact homework being mandatory, and that if I didn't do it I could not achieve the highest grade at the end of that study period 9 weeks?
In Sweden a lot of the homework isn't something you turn in especially in Gymnasium, which is where you'd end up but rather you do it for your own good - personal responsibility and all that.
Some of it gets turned in and graded of course, but in general my math teacher didn't give two shits if I didn't do the problems in the book.
It's recommended of course, but some people just have an easier time with maths so if I did fine on the exams, that was it.
Of course a part of your grade is still decided by classroom activity, though mainly for other subjects like social studies and history.
Adding on to that, I was 17 when I left for the US but back in Sweden I was mostly treated as an adult, or at least a mature teenager.
In the US, it didn't seem to matter my age - I felt like I was transported back to like 4th grade because that's how it felt with the rules and restrictions.
I also felt like a lot of my peers were immature, which can probably be explained by the lack of personal freedom and responsibility for youth.
Granted, I moved from Stockholm and had been using public transportation since a very young age and in rural Ohio I wasn't allowed to drive, so I was very limited when I wanted to do something.
Turning 18 didn't really change anything, either.
In general, I'd say Swedish Gymnasium is a bit closer to college, at least when it comes to personal freedom and what's expected of you.
Obviously it varies by schools, I attended a pretty good one and my sister ended up a different one which seemed to have lower standards and expectations.
I also don't know how many Gymnasiums that actually offer all of their classes in English, there are a few but the majority are just taught in Swedish.
Unless you are gifted with languages this might be your biggest hurdle - though not impossible, since a girl from the HS I attended ended up going to a Swedish school for exchange after I left, with no prior classes taken in Swedish.
She was clever though.
I realize that this turned out quite long, but if you any specific questions just let me know and I'll try to answer.
I would gather that they are much more thought provoking than the standardised memory tests we get in the US.
Is there anything you think I should study or research to prepare for my year in Sweden?
I do really well in school here, but I would like to avoid looking stupid and behind everyone in your country.
In the US I remember a multiple choice question roughly "Who was Gavrilo Princip?
The entire WW1-exam had maybe 20 easy multiple choice questions of similar style.
A WW1-exam I took in Sweden had way fewer questions, but they were harder and gave room for a wide variety of answers.
This question requires you to show knowledge about the geo-political landscape in Europe before the outbreak of the war and to get full credit, obviously there are some important things that needs to be mentioned - but you could 'miss' some and still get full credit, if your reasoning was valid.
Also, time constraints are more of an issue in essay questions compared to multiple choice.
Of course there can sometimes be shorter questions such as "Who was Gavrilo Princip and why was he important?
Consider different countries and regions.
Again, you need to demonstrate knowledge of the outcome of the war but it's 'open' in a sense that you could pick maybe the UK and Germany, but not Russia.
As long as your reasoning isn't completely out of hand you'd be able to score a few points here and there.
Often there are questions that challenge your view on the subject "If A didn't happen, would B still happen?
Is there anything you think I should study or research to prepare for my year in Sweden?
I don't think so, just remember that you'll be having a Europe-focus instead of focusing on the US we barely touched on your civil war, for example.
I remember being astonished by some students in the US who could barely pick out Spain or Greece on a map when we did European history.
I wouldn't worry too much, your teachers will probably understand that there will be stuff you possibly can't know.
While they were good at simple equation solving, like when the problem is only spelled out in numbers, a lot of the harder maths questions in Sweden will instead be a text problem and it will be less obvious what formulas to use, meaning you'd first have to figure out how to approach the problem and then solve it.
Oh, and always show your work!
Exchange students in Sweden aren't that common so people are often curious and friendly, once you get through our shell.
Then you get text questions that will give you information and give you a problem to solve.
And you have to show your work, or you get points taken.
The more advanced math you are reading the more you have to write.
In the harder courses it's common with one or 2 questions that fill a page, and most of it is blank for you to use.
Part of what is tested is reasoning and the use of math language, so writing down what you are thinking to solve the problem is good.
Doing it quickly with out saying why you are doing some thing is bad.
And it's getting late here now so do not expect to many more answers the next few hours.
Sometimes people have different lessons but most of the time it's the same group.
Classes in the US is what we call "årskurs".
We read everything at the same time, it's not split up inte Algebra and Trigonometry etc.
Our office of liquor and gaming contact student thought the math we read at first was super easy, but the next chapter was something she had hardly read at all in the US.
The girls in our class got together one night and cooked dinner and dessert at one of our houses.
Our exchange student said that they would never do that at home, and everyone would just be running around not knowing what to do.
Obviously that depends, but personally I have never encountered "high school drama" as people describe it on Reddit.
And there is also the practical differences like reading programs instead of here schooling with some electives, hardly any multiple choice questions like the other answers talked about.
Magnet schools in the US are somewhat comparable with gymnasiet.
There are few standardized tests, no real high-stakes tests unless you want to study at an university or högskola.
The Swedish school system focus alot on critical thinking and less on knowing hard-facts.
Hopefully I answered your question.
What would you eat for each meal on a normal day?
Is there anything interesting about Sweden that you think an outsider wouldn't know?
Who are the national heroes of Sweden?
What is Sweden's relationship with its neighbors like?
What is something you can do in Sweden that can't be done anywhere else?
What do you predict for the future of Sweden and why?
Baseball is a very, very small sport.
We have our own version calledbut it's not played competitively, just for fun.
Hockey is obviously very popular, but that's Canadian.
American Football is a growing sport.
My local team have the highest average attendance in Sweden, but that's not saying anything since they only average 1000-1500 I believe.
As said, the sport is growing, but I don't think it will ever even reach the top 5 most popular sports.
Basketball is the most popular American sport, just like in most parts of the world.
It could be ranked ~5 in terms of average attendance arena sports on games I think, but it's not as high up on a list of number of active athletes.
Lacrosse is about the same as Baseball; you've played it in school once or twice, but that's about it.
Some popular sports in Sweden that's not so well known in the US is American Greg Hancock is one of the GOATswhere competitors drive around an oval track on motorcycles without breaks,like ice hockey, but remove the ice and hard hits and speed up the game, also has a plastic ball instead of a puck and the most well known sport of these 3 I believe.
I don't know if we have any national heroes like some other countries do Ireland and St.
In modern day context, I think Zlatan Ibrahimovic would be considered as a person who breaks social barriers and puts Sweden on the map.
Don't know if that's a hero though.
More of an icon.
You should probably ask some nationalist on the "hero" part.
We always wants to show that we're better, but deep down, we love them all - even Denmark.
It would be a lot less fun without them.
I have no idea.
We'll continue to be looked upon as an example to follow in many areas.
Progressiveness and all that.
We'll have some problems like any other country has, but I don't think much will change tbh.
It would be a lot less fun without them.
However, the US is quite saturated with motorsports so it's hard to say if it would be popular here.
Depending on which stats you want to pull up the noble and venerable Swedes have fought the pesky Danes more times than any other countries in the world history.
Nowadays our hate-relation is more of a joke, especially on Sweddit.
Also, they can't speak very well because the monkeys got to choose language before them.
We dislike eachother like brothers, competing in sports and stuff.
We teach our kids here in Sweden that Norwegians are retarded, or at least dumb.
We teach our kids to tell silly "Norway-jokes" where the point is that norwegians are dumb.
Example: What do you call a norwegian with two braincells?
Our little brother, lost sister and ex that we still love but they hate us with all of their hearts.
The glorious east half of the noble Kingdom of Sweden.
Finland has been part of Sweden since around the eleven or twelfth century.
In the beginning of the nineteenth century we lost our beloved east half to our secound archnemesis Russia.
I won't even explain myself, I would never trust a russian and think every single one of them are idiots.
If you ask an elderly chances are they will tell you their greatest fear is the Russian Bear.
Today the only real military threat towards Sweden that we care about and that still exists is Russia thus giving a Swede every right to be afraid of Russia.
Germany is cool, they have tech and stuff, beer.
They are the people who managed to steer Sweden away from a conflict with Nazi-Germany and are almost singelhandedly the ones who created Sweden as it is today.
Just a bit more dastardly and teasing.
As long as you act properly and respect the animals and the owner of the woods you're free to do as you please in the woods.
Globalism is going to be a real hassle for many nations.
We already see the rise of movements opposing Globalism.
It will be a complete mess, mostly due to the shift towards multiculturalism.
This is where we Swedes have a head-start.
We already have a huge immigration.
If we can find a way to handle this situation and create institutions with the knowledge and experience to handle immigration then I think that one of the most divisive issues will be easier for us to handle.
You can sleep the ice hotel in Kiruna, completely built with ice.
You can do long distance ice skating on frozen lakes.
In the summer, you can spend a full 24 hour with sunlight as it doesn't set in the North.
You can go hiking in stunning nature.
You can go fishing, rafting, kayaking.
You can celebrate Midsummer or Valborg two Swedish holidays.
Your country fascinates me for a lot of reasons, not least of which is it's rich history and innovations.
It's mind blowing that a country the size of California, with the population of Michigan can have such a long history of being internationally renowned.
I would be interested nashville tn casinos and gaming reading a good history of Sweden in English if you have any recommendations.
Websites or movies would be great too.
But, for a moment, let's talk Swedish cuisine.
What Swedish cuisine would surprise an American?
What's a typical breakfast, lunch and dinner for an average worker?
What's a national dish or recipe you think the world should know about?
What I think distinguishes Swedish breakfasts to the breakfasts I've had around the world travelling is that it is light and very seldom contain anything sugary.
Pick one of the above.
Lunch: -It is common to make lunch box out of yesterdays dinner for lunch.
Common practice in all work places even fancy high paid jobs.
This is an old catholic tradition that lived on way past catholicism in Sweden due to the military always serving it on Thursdays.
A majority of male Swedish population above 30 has gone through military service it was later changed from conscription army to professional army.
Dinner: -Sweden have very much influences from other food cultures in their daily life.
The most Swedish way to have dinner is cooking food from all around the world.
Healthy food is also very popular since it is a very big health trend in Sweden.
Traditional Swedish food is called "Husmanskost".
You can find a list of it easily on wikipedia.
Husmanskost Office of liquor and gaming contact enjoy very much: Isterband - Fermented and smoked pork and barley sausage.
I usually do mine served with boiled potatoes, horse radish and stewed spinach.
Blodpudding - Blood pudding, serve with lingonberry jam and bacon.
Ostkaka - Swedish cheesecake, in contrast to American cheesecake it is hot and actually taste cheese.
Janssons frestelse - Potato casserole with anchovy.
Pytt i panna - Just fry things you like chopped to pieces, serve with fried egg and pickled beetroots on top.
Most common things to include is sausage, onion, potatoes, meat, mushroom.
Biff Rydberg - A variant of pytt i panna.
Cubes of fillet of beef with cubes of boiled potato, both fried, serve with fine minced fried onion and raw egg yolk mixed with mustard.
Biff a la Lindström - Patty of ground beef which is mixed with beet root and capers.
Serve with clarified butter and mash.
Top with loads of Parsley.
Kåldolmar and kålpudding - Kåldolmar is rolls of cabbage with ground beef inside, imported from the Ottoman Empire Swedens first embassy in another country was in Istanbul with the Ottoman Empire.
Kålpudding is a mixture of cabbage and ground beef, literally means cabbage pudding.
Serve both with brown sauce and boiled potatoes.
If I only recommend you try one, try the Swedish cheesecake.
I always used to request Pytt i panna from my Swedish grandmother.
She also used to make us something she calledwhich were really like a crepe, but I don't know how authentic they were since she always served them with powered sugar and jam.
Do really you put lingonberry jam on tunnpannkakor up north?
Where I grew up that'd be pretty weird.
I'd never even heard of the combination until I went to IHOP in the US and saw their 'Swedish Pancake'.
I'd save those for ugnspannkakan.
Although I would put the jam inside of instead of the outside, before rolling them up.
They're about the Swedes who left for America during the famine in the 19th century.
You should be able to find them with English subtitles somewhere.
Regarding cuisine, I'm guessing Americans would find surströmming fermented herring quite surprising not in a good way.
There are tons of videos on Youtube where Americans try to eat it without the necessary condiments and throw up vigorously.
I suspected the surprising food would be some type of fish, but did not expect it would be so putrid as to have somebody throwing up prior to even getting the can open.
I eatbut it's not like that at all.
Here, it comes in glass jars either in a wine sauce, a dill sauce or.
I know people that won't even eat sardines because they are too pungent who have no problem with the milder types of pickled herring.
What makes surströmming so overwhelmingly strong?
Problem with surströmming is that it's fermented.
It has a very strong smell.
You'll see how the cans are bulging from the pressure in them.
Someone in my high school opened a can and locked it in an unused locker in a corridor, and that entire corridor of class rooms was unusable for the rest of the day.
If I have my window open during summer, I can smell if my neighbours are eating it in their yard at least if the wind is right.
Pickled herring is typically eaten in Sweden on most holidays christmas, easter and midsummer primarily.
Surströmming is usually a seasonal thing, eaten maybe only once or twice a year.
I myself love pickled herring, and eat it almost every other week.
Season one has an episode about a small Swedish restaurant deep in the countryside cooking fine dining the Swedish way.
Not a typical Swedish meal obviously, but interesting if you want to see one aspect of Swedish culture.
If you are in a pinch you can buy a from your local grillhak Dinner simmilar to lunch but obviously a bit more luxiouros al kinds of fish is common, mainly salmon but others are popular aswell.
Websites or movies would be great too.
You got some replies about food, but I thought I'd give some tips on this one!
These are more general books about the history of Sweden, by Swedish historians.
Herman Lindqvist in particular is fairly well known here as an author of popular history books.
Hope you find it interesting!
The King doesn't have any political power, he goes on trips and kind of represents Sweden abroad when he meets other heads of state.
On the Internet and especially onhe's more of a mascot and.
He was like "Yeah, well I suppose I have hats, and I suppose I wear them sometimes.
And he is very confused until she showed him the pictures.
He seemed mildly amused.
Are you proud to have it as a cultural export?
In my opinion though, a lot of the stories in them have been getting quite repetitive since there are so many of them.
Still pretty good quality though, no doubt.
It's quite interesting to see how big it's become outside of Sweden.
I for one like it though.
All movies and tv-series produced in Sweden is also Nordic noir.
If so where did you go and did you have a good time?
If not do you have any interest in going in the future?
Besides that it is very popular to drive Highway 1 between San Fransisco and Los Angeles but I've never done it.
In 2018 I did a roadtrip that started in Nashville stayed a couple of nightsthen Memphis for one night, after that we drove along the Mississippi river and stayed at a motel in Vicksburg, the next day was also spent driving and we ended up in a small cottage outside Breaux Bridge in Louisiana.
We spent a few days in Louisiana visiting the swamps and a plantation and then spent a few days in New Orleans.
The last day we spent driving to Houston where my Swedish friend lived and we flew home from there.
Absolutely amazing trip with the highlights being Nashville, driving along the Mississippi river at sunset and staying in the cottage at a bayou.
I recommend everyone to go this route if they want to see another part of the US than the more "common" parts.
This April I'm going to Florida.
I'll spend a few days in Miami and Orlando but mostly I'll spend time along Florida's west coast.
I have probably seen more of the US than the average american.
I often end up in discussions about the US with other americans when I come around as a pretentious n00b who doesn't know sh-t about your country just because in that particular instance I happen to know more than the person I am discussing with.
It was a really nice trip, especially Hawaii.
Me and my dad have planned to travel back to the US soon.
We're probably gonna visit Seattle since his cousin lives there.
First time was a kind of hectic "need to see as much as possible in the shortest amount of time" in 2010.
We had two weeks, closest family went, me, parents, brother.
We started in NYC for two days, full schedule.
Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Central Park, lots of walking, got ripped off by a cab driver.
Then we flew to Los Angeles and were in that general area for a few days.
Universal Studios, lots of driving, Hollywood sign, visited my parents ex-pat friend in Calabasas, checked out Santa Monica and Malibu.
My father and brother played some golf on some super high class gold course Bell Air?
Drove to San Francisco and were there for another two days, Golden gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Coit Tower, Fisherman's Wharf, Lombard Street, lots of walking.
Drove back to LA along the coast and then drove to Las Vegas and stayed at Treasure Island hotel nothing else in our price range.
Did some gambling, checked out all the other hotels, went to a Cirque de Solei show, etc.
Second time we went to the US in 2012 we only went to Florida started in Orlando, went to Epcot Center and visited Kennedy Space Center.
Down to the everglades to see some alligators.
Checked out Key West for a few days.
Then we had 1 week relaxation in Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
Both times, I've had a very good time.
The people were friendly even the state trooper?
I'm not sure about going back though.
You need to make sure to be taking a vitamin.
AND make sure you get outside when it is light.
Also invest in a daylight lamp.
I live in the southern most part of Sweden.
Moved here from Ohio 4 years ago and I am still trying to adjust to the darkness in the winter.
I have to up my depression meds, take a multi vitamin, and vitamin d that I got as a prescription.
AND i have to also have the daylight lamp.
Some people adjust easily, but most Americans I have met don't adjust as well.
We Nordics need more on our side when the rest of the World goes fucked up.
Do you think of them as something foreign or as some integral part of your past?
My question really is, do you identify the Vikings as "Swedish" or part of your nation, or do you view them as some sort of group that existed before your culture was born?
Some people identify with all the viking stuff getting a beard, wearing viking jewelry, spray-painting their truck with viking motifs.
But it's a bit of a white-trash thing to do.
When people talk about Swedish history it's mostly about "stormaktstiden" A combination of the vikings being very disparate not a big famous empire and the fact that a lot of their history is unknown makes them less relevant.
They didn't really build or do anything that lasted.
I almost find it a bit cringy.
Would you call a Japanese Samurai?
Or an American Cowboy?
Sure, it is an cultural heritage, but please for the love of god that was long ago, get an identity.
It wouldn't be true at all for pretty much everyone in the USA but a lot of us would be fine with it.
I don't understand what you mean by this.
Vikings don't exist anymore.
I'd say they're still part of our history, and what used to be viking societies gradually developed into the kingdoms of Norway, Denmark and Sweden.
I see them as an earlier part of our history I suppose.
Before the concept of Sweden as country, but local governments on the scale of our current counties were around.
A bunch of names of places have been around since that time, and you can see archeological remains from them in a bunch of places but you'll have to look for it.
And I mean, some of our culture certainly stems from as far back as that, and many of my ancestors were likely vikings.
But a lot has happened since then.
But I would probably see them more as Scandinavian than Swedish.
I wouldn't really differentiate between Danish, Norwegian or Swedish vikings.
And then three kingdoms gradually grew from this.
But yeah, I'd say I see them as an integral part of our past, but before the concept of Sweden as a country existed.
I don't really think a more info can ever be born, but is something that will gradually develop over time, constantly changing.
I know that they were a big part in our history but it was a long time ago Around 1000 years ago.
I don't see or feel any connection with it, but I see vikings as a Swedish Scandinavian thing.
But in a way the viking age and after that was the start of our nations being formed into bigger kingdoms instead of divided small kingdoms with different tribes.
I love the vikings and they are of course important to us and our country and they are part of us and every scandinavian.
My girlfriend's family is Swedish and for most white Americans, ethnicity is mostly just reflected in foodand I'd like to surprise them with some.
My father and I grind our own sausage but have only ever done kielbasa we're Polish.
Do you see them as traitors, or as representatives of yourself, or just rando strangers?
If you are a Swedish expat, nobody really cares - there are reasons to move to the US, it's a great fit for some, many Swedes like to visit etc.
If you mean that you have a name ending in -sson and your great grandmother was Swedish, but you don't speak a word of ranch bingo and casino language.
If you don't speak the language, have never lived in the country and are not raised in the culture including the language we don't consider you a Swede.
So, random strangers would probably fit best.
Nobody really cares about it.
I don't think they necessarily represent Sweden much, although some might I suppose.
Like sometimes when I learn things about Minnesota, I can laugh at how some of it is very Swedish.
Like video about how to talk Minnesotan; pure gold.
When I see that I can think, yea, these people are kin to me, and I feel a connection, and I think a man could almost feel at home living there, if not careful.
Other times just random strangers.
But hard to think of them as traitors.
Most people going had pretty good reasons for doing so, and many were poor.
And even if someone would see the emigrants as traitors for some weird reason, it's hard to see why their ancestors should be part of that at all.
It's not as if they had any choice anyway.
It was made into a TV series and the hit musical.
So pretty much every Swede will think about these humble men and women and when they think about Swedish migrants in America.
Definitely feel a connection to swedish-americans, a lot more so than to other americans.
We have this popular tv-show in Sweden called "Allt för Sverige", where swedish-americans are competing against each other in Sweden, reality-tv-esque.
Especially when the participants talk about how Swedish they feel.
Here people ask what you are in referring to what nationality you are, and after American I list off German, Norwegian, and Swedish.
Are Swedes like that, where they put stock in their ancestry?
Music, films, food, traditions?
Sorry if these have been asked before, I'm short on time and don't want to scroll through comments.
There is the white family who live in a big house, drives a big car, have three kids, mom stays at home, and dad goes to work in some office.
Then there is the fat southern family who basically eat a tub of lard for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a diet coke and spend their weekends hunting in their backyard.
Then there is the black inner-city single mom with her son who risks getting into drugs and gangs.
I am probably over exaggerating and maybe all three of these are stereotypes, but when I think of the average american, it usually ends up being something like this.
I've got a German grandmother and Dutch relatives but I don't say "I'm Swedish but also part German and Dutch".
I especially wouldn't say it if I didn't speak a word of German or Dutch and the only link I had to those countries would be some great great grandfather who I have never met, and I have no idea of the culture or customs in those countries and I have never even been to either of those countries.
Even if both your parents moved here from another country, but you're born here, most people in that position still say that they're Swedish.
If one person has a Swedish parent and a parent from another country then they might say "I'm Swedish- the other nationality " but that's not really the type of ancestry you were referring to.
Not minding gender, sexuality or ethnicity when meeting a person.
Slightly late to the party, but I have to disagree.
Plenty of Swedes know about their ancestry.
In fact, genealogy in Sweden is quite easy and thus more accessibledue to the fact that from the 1600s and onwards, the churches kept detailed books about the people living in the village.
This means that almost all Swedes can trace their ancestry back to this era, without too much trouble.
Naturally, this only applies if your family has been in Sweden for a long time.
Granted, a fewer number put any actual stock in it.
My guess is that for most it's just interesting information, but without much consequence.
Knowing your ancestry is by most according to my experience seen as something interesting or cool, but not actually important.
I might have wrote it off a bit too easy.
Point being is that no one would ever ask you about your ancestry, and it's seldom part of your identity.
Unless the conversation is specifically about that, I guess!
One half would be the democratic voters, kinda like us Swedes, just a bit more family and community-oriented.
The republican American would be some sort mix between a Greek conservative and Russian bluecollar.
Some kind of mix between poor educated, hyper-patriotic and generally backwards.
But this is probably due to all the politics in reddit.
You are probably a bit more generic than this.
And that would be it.
Not free - market capitalsim, not communism.
The middle is best 90% of the time.
And we certainly care less about it than americans seem to do, and this is actually made fun of a bit in sweddit at times.
My guess is that to most people it's just not that interesting, since it's mostly just Sweden for a lot of people.
I for example don't know of any non-swedish ancestor I have, although it's fully possible someone from Finland wandered over the ice at some point or something.
It seems to me that as if Sweden completely dominates this whole genre of music, that I really enjoy.
It could just be that I'm extremely biased by being from here, but I don't really know much at all sounding similar from other places.
I'd be happy to be shown wrong though.
Closest american thing I've heard is probably.
I'm not good at drinking games.
Middle class poverty where medical issues can really fuck up your finances, and articles about teachers who work extra as uber drivers in order to pay their bills not related to medical here.
And of course, "the projects", Detroit, growing unemployment in industrial towns where jobs are moving away.
So much suffering that isn't a part of the Swedish reality - here, free healthcare and education is taken from granted even at university level - the government give all students a scholarship to pay for rent while being students.
We see a lack of freedom for so many.
We also of course see people creating a political system that seems contraproductive - like removing your own access to healthcare, while I'd say that all Swedish people would say that there are strong benefits with everyone having free healthcare even from a conservative perspective - it means more people in the labor force, less people dependent on other types of government help since they're healthy enough to work, financial stability in the markets if we are less at risk to lose our work etc.
We also see people who are richer than the typical Swede.
Mostly popular music as a lot of swedish artists and producers are internationally popular.
We also export some actors like the family Skarsgård.
Stellan, Alexander and Floke in Vikings.
If we feel lumped up with our brothers and sisters of Scandinavia?
Well we are all Scandinavian and proud of it.
There is no really big difference, I think we all share a mentality of solidarity to each other.
Usa could need some Bernie Sanders to get you on the right track again.
Each time you get a republican president you undermine your future.
You need to get rid of your Oligarchy, it is slowly killing your nation.
Surströmming and Lutfisk is not food, It's traditional and probably no one is eating it outside the traditional time.
Americans can be really obnoxius with that.
Haven't met anyone that likes lutfisk except my dad.
Fun fact: it's written by a Danish-Norwegian author.
Often, also, when something Nordic is mentioned, it's most commonly Sweden, which feels nice yes, it's a contest.
I mean, it's never even close to an accurate representation, but I wouldn't really expect that either.
And really, most of the times it makes sense to lump us together.
I think Sweden and Denmark probably have somewhat different political climates less so now, but especially a few years ago.
Norway is dramatically more beautiful, and more expensive and dramatically richer.
Danes have a more relaxed attitude.
The Finns are more quiet and more macho.
Like titles are almost never used, and I talk to anyone with their first name just like I'd talk to anyone, even if they're my teacher, my boss, the CEO of my company, several management layers up, or if they're the prime minister.
People tend to take a pretty humble attitude towards other people, regardless of their own wealth or position, and I think that very relaxed atmosphere is a very healthy thing.
Lutfisk is a thing for christmas, but probably used to be bigger.
Pretty uncommon nowadays I'd say, and I've never eaten it.
Doesn't seem very tasty.
Think it's bigger in Norway.
I think it is more common in the north and the coastal regions.
I think it is less common among younger people.
First of all, USA has been the dominating political, economic and cultural force in the world since the end of WWII, and that of course makes us very interested in everything American, since it directly affects us in many ways and we are exposed to enormous amounts of American culture compared to all other foreign culture.
We listen to American music and podcasts, watch American TV and movies, eat American food, read American authors, play American games and buy American products.
Of course we get interested in experiencing the real deal!
Second, the US is huge!
It's almost as big as the whole of Europe!
Which means it spans a lot of different things to experience.
As a forest ecologist, my biggest dream is visiting the redwood forests, but also Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, the northern west coast rain forests and many other places with nature that is unique to the US.
For me who live in Sweden, the diversity of tree species in the US is staggering.
Your mountain ranges go north-south, which helped more species survive the ice ages than here in Europe, not to mention you have a different fauna with many interesting animals.
Also, the culture and the history.
Sure, Europe is "old" compared to the US, but you have the different native tribes and the traces of their former cultural zeniths, and modern American history is interesting as well.
You have Broadway, you invented stand-up comedy, there are many great museums, concert halls, theatres, opera houses.
You have the world's greatest hockey league and a much more pleasant fan culture when it comes to sports over all, no hooligans and racist idiots fighting and screaming at the playersyou have amazing, sprawling cities with towering skyscrapers, there are great restaurants, huge amusement parks and gun ranges where you can try and shoot almost everything!
It's a huge, multicultural area where the different states can be as different as the different countries in Europe, and we who were born in the 50's and later have been absorbing your culture for our whole lives.
It would be weird if we didn't want to visit.
It sounds kinda silly but in a way snus really helped me improve my life.
I started dipping to help deal with some health related anxiety genius I know but it led to some bad addiction and health problems.
By switching to snus I've had much more peace of mind and my dentist has been much happier.
Melee players are Swedish.
Is the game popular with much of the country or have a couple guys taken an unusually high interest in it?
See for example - the world's largest LAN gathering.
I don't really know anything about Smash in particular, but I hung out a bit in the competitive fighting game scene ca 2006-2010 so I saw a bit of it on events and such.
It was big, but Smash players had a reputation among the other scenes of being loud and obnoxious kids.
Zelda, Mario etc seem to have been cultural phenomenons in Sweden to a much larger degree than in many other countries.
I know several people with Nintendo-themed tattoos etc.
It's not like you can spend much time outside during a large portion of the year.
So they probably spent the time playing the game, due to as you said high interest.
I had only played it as a casual fun game before, so things like wavedashing and L-canceling blew my mind.
I will never forget Armada 4-stocking me with Peach, really hurt my confidence being beat by a 13-year old kid of course I was only 1 year older.
I didn't really get how big of free games and no downloads deal he was until a couple of years ago, the recent huge international interest in Melee caught me by surprise.
Thank you for doing this exchange.
How much of your nation is rural?
In the US, Texas especially, we have LOTS of space.
Ive sometimes fantasized about emigrating to a cold, European country, but I feel most at home in sleepy little "one-stoplight" towns.
The typical rural homes are lots of fields and cows, it's very green, lots of water Sweden has 100,000 lakes - you can always live by a lake if you want to live in a rural arealots of trees of the christmas tree variety.
I love the countryside.
We have so much stunning nature, a lot is very "Colorado" with mountains and stuff.
Many smaller cities are very boring, the city centres were built in the 1960s so they're a concrete nightmare.
But the countryside is what makes Sweden a lovely place to live.
In Sweden, it's very easy to live in a beautiful rural place while being 20 minutes by car from a city.
We don't have "suburbia" like you Americans do.
The typical rural community is no more than a thousand inhabitants or so.
Most swedes lives in the city areas in the south.
There is no real "living rural community" in Sweden compared to other countries further south as most are dependent on jobs offered by local industry or trade and not employed by agriculture.
Vast empty forest and lake landscapes.
I think the problem there is often to find another name for pontoon and job.
In Kiruna I think they have jobs, but I don't know about nice towns to live in.
Kiruna has a housing shortage I think.
But a lot of the north towns have problems with depopulation.
But even in the south you can find lots of small towns on commuting distance longer commute the bigger the city from the bigger cities, where most jobs are.
If space is what you want, and you can live with the consequences on living away from the cities, there no shortage on that.
I like cities, and have lived in them for all my life though, so I might not be the right person to ask.
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