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Day trip to Kalmar

Day Trip to Kalmar

As an international student, my travel goals include exploring as much of Sweden as I can. My last NFGL trip, included a day trip to Kalmar. Kalmar is a city in the Southeast of Sweden in the Småland region by the Baltic Sea. You can also travel to the island of Öland by bridge from Kalmar. The island of Öland is host to the Solliden Palace which acts as a summer home for the Swedish Royal Family! A cool fact that I discovered in my first days in Sweden.

From Gothenburg to Kalmar

Travelling by train to Kalmar from Gothenburg took four hours but it went by quickly. Waking up at 5 was no joke! Since our visit to Kalmar Energi was slated for midday, my friend Nancy and I left Gothenburg by train at 6:00 a.m. and arrived in Kalmar in time to explore the beautiful seaside city.

Day trip to Kalmar

Leaving Gothenburg from Central Station

The first stop on our tour was the turistbyrå (tourist center). A quick tip for anyone travelling around Sweden is to visit the tourist center as they can provide free maps, tips for transport and even a place to exchange money if needed. After a quick talk in English with one of the helpful staff members we were off to explore the city.

Day trip to Kalmar

Tourist Center at Kalmar

Kalmar Slott

The most famous landmark in Kalmar as told by the locals is Kalmar slott (Kalmar Castle). The castle was initially built in the 12th Century as a round defensive tower and later towers were added to become what it is today. Almost any google search of Kalmar will bring up this picturesque view.

Day Trip to Kalmar

View from the North-Eastern side

From the castle we took a walk to Kalmar Konsertmuseum. It is a contemporary art museum which hosts artist talks, public lectures and seminars in connection to the exhibitions. The surrounding gardens were beautiful with the flowers and trees beginning to awake from their slumber.

Day trip to Kalmar

Kalmar Konsertmuseum


Day trip to Kalmar

Gardens at Kalmar Konsermuseum

As we strolled through Gamla Stan(Old Town), we passed by Gamla kyrkogården(Old Cemetery).

Day Trip to Kalmar

Old Cemetery

Our walkabout took us to Västerport (West Gate). This is a beautiful town gate in which a military unit was stationed inside but nowadays it hosts glass manufacturing studios.

Day Trip to Kalmar



Heading back into the main city, we passed by the teatre (theatre) and marveled at the architecture.

Day trip to Kalmar

Kalmar Teatre

I couldn’t believe all the sites we visited in two hours. I must say that Kalmar is a beautiful rather small city. However, can’t wait to come back for summer as it is said to have the most beautiful beaches.

Day Trip to Kalmar

Roaming the Streets of Kalmar

I am looking forward to blogging about my next travel adventures.

Day Trip to Kalmar

Kalmar 2017

NB: As asked, Coming to Sweden: African Edition II is coming up this month so keep tuned!

From Sweden with Love

SI Network for Future Global Leaders – NFGL


In this post I will tackle questions like:

  1. What exactly is NFGL?
  2. How do you qualify to be part of NFGL?
  3. What does the NFGL do?
  4. Does membership last forever?

What exactly is NFGL?

The Network for Future Global Leaders (NFGL), is a network seeks to create a lifelong relationship with scholarship holders to Sweden and acts as a strong link between Sweden and their home countries. This allows for continued information and knowledge sharing even after graduation. Currently, the alumni network boasts 10,800 Alumni from over 140 countries representing over 500 degree programs.

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How do you qualify to be part of NFGL?

All recipients of the SI Scholarships and SI Digital Ambassadors qualify. The scholarship programs range from the Visby, Swedish Institute Scholarships , Swedish Turkey scholarship and Western Balkans Scholarship.

Each years batch of scholarship holders come from across the world and represent diverse cultures, backgrounds and circumstances.

These scholarship holders make up the NFGL network.

NFGL Gothenburg in Copenhagen

What does the NFGL do?

NFGL arranges events, seminars and conferences across Sweden to which current and alumni students are welcome. Local chapters of NFGL networks are formed across Sweden to organize local events. In the spring term of 2017, the NFGL network is present in:


The organized events range from study visits, talks and workshops. They act as an avenue for members to network as well as experience first hand the Swedish Institute NFGL values. This year they are Leadership, management & networking, Human Rights, Employment and career development, Sustainability and Creativity and innovation.

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As a current Swedish Institute Scholarship holder, I have been lucky to attend three NFGL events. One trip to UN City in Copenhagen, AB Volvo and Kalmar Energi. Through these study visits I have been able to see the innovative and sustainable aspects of Swedish and Scandinavian organizations.

The visit to UN City was insightful in that we got to delve into the sustainable development goals in depth with Ms. Stine Junge the Private Sector and Secretariat UNDP Denmark. At AB Volvo headquarters we visited the factory and got to experience innovation and sustainability first hand by following the production of a Volvo car from start to finish. At Kalmar Energi who produce 90% of the energy in Kalmar city, we got to learn about a project they are running by building of solar farms using a sort of crowdfunding model.


Visits to Kalmar Energi , The broken piano staircase at UN City, AB Volvo

Through these three events I have gotten to bond with members of my local network as well as get to meet students from various cities in Sweden including Stockholm, Kalmar and Växjö.


Does membership last forever?

Yes! You are a lifelong member and become part of the alumni upon graduation. If you are the lucky recipient of a Swedish Institute scholarship for 2017/2018 make sure to look out for the NFGL events and attend and join on to as many activities as you can or even plan a few of your own.

You are also welcome to apply for next years round of scholarships here.


From Sweden with Love