Christmas and New Year in Stockholm

Not sure about you, but I always think that holiday seasons are filled with crowded streets, laughter in the air and bright lights from the stores that entice you to shop some more. At least, that is how it goes in my home country, Indonesia. This thought leads me to a plan of spending Christmas eve and new year’s eve in the capital city of Sweden, Stockholm because I expect it will be a fun experience! A note to remember, expectation often brings you a disappointment. Fear not, this story that I am about to share is not about sorrow but more of an experience.

Shall we go back to Christmas 2016?

As you know from my previous post, I spent Christmas day in Uppsala but on the 24th I went to Stockholm to see what the crowds would be like. I departed from Uppsala just an hour before lunch and the sunset was around 2 or 3 PM, I realized that I did not have much time left to walk around the city (and the trip to Stockholm takes an hour by commuter train). I went anyway, only to found out that the life in the city close (very) early during julafton or Christmas Eve. Even, some stores close all day and I felt silly for not asking around about this. Well, now I know and so do you.


Lesson learned, the citizen here spent julafton in their home with family and friends. No one roams around unless they are tourists.

Now, let’s go back to last night – New Year’s Eve 2016!

I have a plan with some friends to see fireworks in Stockholm. Few places were mentioned on the internet to be the best spots to watch it but we decided to go for Monteliusvägen because you can see Riddarholmen, City Hall, Lake and Lake Mälaren. We arrived at Stockholm Central Station few minutes before 8 PM and this was what we found:

nyarsafton central station

Pardon me for trying to be cute last night on Study in Sweden Snapchat account and used crowdy instead of crowded. Bad choice of wordy. Anyway, it was surprising for me to see such view because I thought it would be crowded. It seems that the Swedes were still having a fine dining, I walked around the city aimlessly for one more time. It drizzled for a while but it was not that bad with a 10° C. Not much to see when the city was empty, it was nyårsafton after all. I went to Skansen because I heard there was a free concert there but silly me for not knowing there was an entrance fee to the venue, let’s just walk around some more then!

Finally, humans started to appear on the streets.

Many people in the crowds that I saw last night were friends instead of crowds of a family. Apparently, that is the Swedish tradition of celebrating the new year. During 11 PM until few minutes to NYE countdown is the peak traffic of Tunnelbana (metro). Though the heaviest traffic was around half past midnight, I never see so many people in the same place before in here. It feels like going back to Indonesia. Buy your ticket beforehand, and always have your ticket as the guards will check on it once in a while. Better safe than sorry, right? Monteliusvägen was packed with people as well but I found a nice spot and this was what I witness last night:



Not bad huh? All I had to do afterward was to wait for the SL bus to Uppsala from Stockholm at 1.50 AM and the Central Station was closed around 1 so we moved to a fast-food chain that was (thankfully) still opened. The bus trip took us half an hour so that I arrived at my bed before sunrise. After all, last night was not disappointing but these little firework shows (there are more than one) could be organized as a massive one instead and I imagine that it will be magnificent with cool Swedish music with Stockholm view in the background.


Have a blessed year ahead!

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  • Artika • 24 Mar 2017 at 4.30 am Reply

    Halo Kak Sania,
    Nyasar ke sini biar kecemasan pengumuman kampus agak teralihkan, haha.
    Dikau dapat beasiswa SISS atau LPDP atau self-funding? Kalau SISS, bolehkah sedikit berbagi? (eh, atau ada di postingan lain ya?)

    • Sania
      Sania • 24 Mar 2017 at 1.52 pm Reply

      Hai Artika,
      Semoga sembuh kecemasannya 🙂
      Puji Tuhan ku dapat LPDP.
      Dulu sempat ikutan seleksi SISS, mungkin bisa ngobrol-ngobrol, boleh bgt kalau mau email ke sania.studyinsweden(at)

  • deo • 14 Jan 2017 at 9.02 am Reply

    Hi ,
    Greeting from Tanzania East Africa. I have a request to you about my question. What kind of documents needed to be submitted in the first step of application ? Please advice. Thank you

    • Sania
      Sania • 17 Jan 2017 at 2.57 pm Reply

      Hi Deo,
      I assume that you’re asking for the Master level requirement, this page provides you more detail information. Basically, your previous (bachelor) study certificate, English certification, and other documents that are varied according to the programme you applied to. Hope it helps.

  • happy ari • 8 Jan 2017 at 3.21 pm Reply

    Hi, Sania, senang baca tulisan2mu, saya dari Bali juga, saat ini sedang proses apply kampus dan beasiswa swedia. semoga 2017 bisa nyusul, nice to meet you

    • Sania
      Sania • 17 Jan 2017 at 2.58 pm Reply

      Hi Ari,
      Wah senang tahu ada yang senang baca post2 ini. Semoga sukses applicationnya dan bisa nyusul!
      Nice to meet you too.

  • I Made Tobias Abdiman • 2 Jan 2017 at 5.17 am Reply

    Halo Kak !
    Nama saya Tobias, dan saya juga dari Bali. Saya sangat ingin untik kuliah di Swedia, entah S1 atau S2. Tapi, saat ini saya masih SMP. Apakah ada tips agar nanti saya bisa siap jika sudah tiba saatnya ? Saat ini juga saya sedang belajar Bahasa Swedia melalui Duolingo ( walaupun banyak orang bisa bahasa Inggris disana)

    • Sania
      Sania • 3 Jan 2017 at 2.54 pm Reply

      Hai Tobias!
      Wah masih banyak waktu untuk mempersiapkan studi di Swedia. Bisa dimulai dengan membaca website ini untuk memahami sistem pendidikan di sini. Mayoritas jenjang S1 memakai bahasa Swedia, sementara S2 banyak yang memakai bahasa Inggris. Untuk daftar ke program universitas, saat ini bisa dilakukan oleh individu melalui website ini tapi kurang tahu bagaimana proses pendaftarannya nanti saat kamu hendak kuliah. Seandainya kamu sudah tahu program kuliah yang diinginkan, maka akan memudahkan pencarianmu. Lycka till!

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