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Different types of student housing, pros and cons

One of the first things to consider when moving to Sweden as a student is finding a place to live in. The options you’ll have available might depend on the city, but these three are most likely. The right option depends on your preferences, budget and at the end what you’re able to get, as […]

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Swedish Delicacies Part 7: Biskvi

I wanted to try something sweet again so I made biskvi! I guess they’re something very Swedish as I haven’t seen them anywhere else. The biskvies I’ve tried before were chocolate ones and awfully sweet, so I made a bit lighter version. They were rather difficult to make, I’d rate the difficulty level maybe 3/5, […]

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How to deal with the darkness

Today is the darkest day of the year and from now on the amount of sunlight will increase until midsummer. As you might have heard, the changes in amount of daylight are rather big here in the north, during the winter we barely see the sun and during summer it is the opposite. Some of […]

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Life at a Swedish University

Having studied in different countries I’ve noticed a few differences in the university life. Here are some observations from everyday life at a university in Sweden! Academic quarter The given start time of a lecture might not be the actual starting time. So if the schedule says 9 AM the lectures often start at 9:15 AM. […]

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Have you ever felt you should have started earlier?

We all know the feeling, right? You have a deadline approaching and should work as much as possible, but instead decide to watch one episode of a TV show on Netflix… And you end up watching an entire season, again. We tend to postpone the important, unpleasant tasks in favor of low-priority, but more pleasant activities. This […]

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Random facts about my home city Umeå

1. The city of Umeå was founded in  1622 by Gustav II Adolf, the King of Sweden. 2. Umeå is known as the city of birches, or in Swedish “Björkarnas Stad”. Parts of the city burned down in 1888 leaving thousands of people homeless. When it was rebuilt, birches were planted along the city avenues to keep fires […]

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