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Living in darkness… But with northern lights!

I was lying in my bed yesterday evening, making Snapchat videos where I complained (in Finnish so no one would understand) about the constant darkness and how difficult it has been to deal with. Then I happened to check my Facebook and saw updates about the northern lights being visible! I got up, took my […]

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Swedish delicacies part 3: surströmming

One of the most famous Swedish delicacies is of course surströmming. Surströmming is fermented Baltic Sea herring and is especially eaten in the Northern part of Sweden. I’ve always been curious to try new, weird foods and surströmming had been on my bucket list for a couple of years. Youtube is full of videos of […]

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Tips for winter biking

The most common way to get around Umeå is by bike and I was surprised by how many people bike throughout the winter. In Finland (or at least in Helsinki) most people store their bikes indoors when the roads get frozen and slippery, so did I. The winter has arrived in Umeå and so far I […]

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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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