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Finding accommodation in Umeå

The housing situation in Sweden varies between cities, but in general it is not great. Finding housing in Umeå can be rather difficult, but it’s definitely not impossible! My advice is to start looking early, and not rely on being able to find something after arriving here. If you come from outside EU and are […]

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Why I chose Umeå University

A lot of people have asked me why I chose Umeå and Sweden in general, so I decided to share the main reasons for my decision here! Number one reason for my choice was that I wanted to study abroad. Sweden is close to Finland so moving was easy, my father drove me here so […]

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Swedish delicacies part 2: chokladbollar

I’ve been trying to overcome my sugar addiction, but it’s getting more and more difficult now when it’s dark and cold and I need all the energy I can get. I tried making Swedish chokladbollar and they came out quite nice. Again, not super healthy, but maybe it’s good since the winter is coming… Chokladbollar […]

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5 Ways to learn Swedish outside the classroom

Swedish is an official language in Finland and a number of Finns speak it as their native language, however, I wasn’t one of them, yet I had to learn it. Finland was a part of Sweden hundreds of years ago and we still need to learn the language for at least three years, since it […]

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Swedish delicacies part 1: Västerbottenpaj

After moving to Umeå, I’ve been fascinated of local dishes and learning how to prepare them. The food culture in Sweden is fairly similar to Finland and most traditional dishes are really simple and made of just few ingredients. This was partly due to the fact that winters are long and the options with food […]

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Visiting an elk farm

One of the things the northern part of Sweden is proud of are elks, although elks can be found all over of Sweden, they prefer forests and areas with no human habitat. In North America elks are called moose and in Swedish they call it “älg”. I decided to join to a trip to an elk farm […]

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