The true reason why there are so many Germans in Sweden

The typical party conversation for me goes like this:

X: Hey!

Me: Hey!

X: Where are you from?

Me: Germany and you?

One of the 3 answers will usually follow…

X1: Ohhhhh another German… (Yup…)

X2: Well at least you don’t have to feel lonely here. (Actually, I moved to another country to meet some people who are not necessarily German so that was not my goal to begin with but sure…it’s great)

X3: I will probably learn more German here than Swedish. (Probably true)

Yes, there are many many Germans coming to Sweden to study and/or to stay. And everyone who comes here and did not expect this disproportional amount of us wonders why. So here I am, revealing the secret to you of why we’re really all here.


Reason no 1:



Germans LOVE ABBA! At least in my family, the ABBA best of play-list is played on EVERY family reunion, or birthday, or Christmas. A party that does not play at least 2 ABBA songs is an official fail, no further questions asked (and everyone who says that’s not true is just trying to play it cool, seriously). ABBA IS LIFE!

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Reason no 2:


Even more than ABBA, Germans love IKEA. It’s not a place to buy furniture, it’s the little bit of Scandinavia feeling we are all longing for, right in the grey German everyday life. Germans go to IKEA like it’s an excursion. You don’t need to need anything to go to IKEA. Just laying on all the cozy beds, buying weird stuffed animals, plants, and kitchen utensils you don’t really need, or just having a cheap lunch is enough reason for every German to be convinced that another trip to IKEA is overdue!


Reason no 3:

Astrid Lindgren

I am not even joking when I say I moved to Sweden because of Astrid Lindgren books and movies. As really ALL German kids know her stories, she spoiled us with this perfect utopian idea of Sweden: happy blonde kids, red houses by a lake, girls that can lift horses, chill with monkeys, and are allowed to live without their parents and just play all day: this must be the real Sweden!

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We are all just here to chase our Swedish utopia and make it real. So next time you meet yet another German on a party, don’t judge them all for being here, just start singing “Dancing Queen” to them or ask them if they want to join you for a trip to Ikea next week, and I promise you, you just made a new friend!



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  • Anita
    Anita • 18 Nov 2016 at 7.56 am Reply

    Lol!!this is such a great post 😊 the love for IKEA…I understand that now…

    • Justine
      Justine • 19 Nov 2016 at 9.30 am Reply

      Haha thanks!! The love for Ikea is inevitable! <3 😀

  • Phil • 18 Nov 2016 at 6.59 am Reply

    Very funny and quite true as well. A pleasurable read.

    • Justine
      Justine • 19 Nov 2016 at 9.29 am Reply

      Thank you 🙂

      • Fia • 20 Mar 2017 at 10.03 am Reply

        Hi Justine! 🙂
        I have a friend from Germany who wants to come here in sweden to study art or theater. Do you have any advice?

        • Justine
          Justine • 20 Mar 2017 at 11.41 am Reply

          Hey Fia, it’s always helpful to browse though this website as is already answers many quaetiins prospective students have. If your friend has any specific questions she can of course send me an email and I will try to help 🙂

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