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Swedish Flag

The Swedish flag has a solid blue background with a yellow cross extending from the top to bottom and left to right of the flag. The yellow of the cross represents generosity, wilst the blue background symbolizes 

  • loyalty,
  • truth and
  • justice

The Swedish cottage

With its origin in a possibilty of a cheap and relaxing summertime where the city people have the chance to slow down from the high speed which rules city life nowadays more and more people use it as an option where they can live in year around.


At Midsummer, schools out, nature has burst into life and lots of people begin their five-week annual holidays. So Midsummer Eve, which is always a Friday between 19 and 25 June, is celebrated in the countryside with

  • maypoles,
  • dancing and
  • large gatherings.

Pippi Longstocking

Who doesn't know Pippi Longstocking and her two friends Tim and Annika from Astrid Lindgren, a very unusal young girl?

Pippi is associated with self-belief, courage, freedom, - simply an inspiration for countless kids all other the world to believe in themselves.

Traditional Swedish food

  • Cinnamon buns or Kanelbullar are strongly linked to Swedish coffee parties
  • saffron buns and gingersnaps or saffransbullar and pepparkakor are served during the Christmas season
  • Gubbröra is a solty snack with eggs, kaviar and anchovy
  • Swedish meatballs or kottbullar,  dill-cured salmon or Gravad lax have become popular worldwide, partly because of IKEA, a multinational group of companies that design and sells "ready-to-asemble furniture"

More information about the culture and traditions in Sweden as well as other interesting facts and stories can be found on the official website of Sweden.

typical day in a family


cost of living

The single items listed below are exemplary. For more information please see the section "Cost of Living in Sweden" on the website of Numbeo.


  • Meal, inexpensive restaurant 90,00 kr
  • McMeal at McDonalds, or equivalent meal 70,00 kr
  • Domestic Beer (0,5 liter draught) 60,00 kr
  • Imported Beer (0,33 liter bottle) 55,00 kr
  • Cappuccino (regular) 32,75 kr
  • Coke/ Pepsi (0,33 liter bottle) 18,27 kr
  • Water (0,33 liter bottle) 16,55 kr


  • One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 26,00 kr
  • Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 780,00 kr
  • Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 45,00 kr
  • Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 13,61 kr
  • Taxi 1 hour waiting (Normal Tariff) 498,50 kr
  • Gasoline (1 liter) 13,39 kr


  • Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 120,00 kr

Clothing & Shoes

  • 1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 840,90 kr
  • 1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 345,18 kr
  • 1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 885,22 kr


Sweden celebrates many of the same holidays as do people in the other countries of the European Union, i.e.

  • Easter
  • Christmas

Besides that there are some public holidays which are unique to Sweden and its culture, i.e.

  • Midsummer Day
  • All Saints' Day

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