In this third episode of the Chinese Students in Sweden Podcast, we will talk about housing and what to bring to Sweden.
We are Elin and Chris, and we are here to help you increase your chances of success and happiness in Sweden. We will do our best to help you deal with the culture shock and integrate with the society, we’ll let you know about everything from unknown social rules to food traditions.
Here are the show notes:
Part 1: Housing
University provides housing
- Chris tells the process when he used to help newly arrived students in Sweden.
- Convenient to live with a roommate.
- Easy and much well recommended.
Finding a flat yourself
- Proof of pay or guarantee you can pay the rent.
- Find flat through agents.
- Problem for short time visitors.
- To live with locals or family a good alternative.
- Quiet after 22.00
- Some places have entry code
- Do not smoke indoors
- Empty garbage bin & Recycle
- Keep good condition
- Kitchen, Cooker and the oven.
- Laundry and dry machine.
- Heating system during winter.
- If there is a problem – Call your landlord and a caretaker can help you.
- Shower in the evening or shower in the morning.
- Walk around in your stockings – Seldom shoes indoor!
- Do not want advertising-sign.
- Swedish neighbor shy and private. (For Jante-Law see Episode 2)
Part 2: What to bring to Sweden
- Dried food e.g 方便面，木耳.
- Warm clothes & Western style vs Eastern style
- Personal belongings
- Chinese literature
- Slippers or Flip flops
- Bring traditional Chinese gifts – But no need to bring expensive ones!
- Pick up what is typical gifts when you are invited at a dinner in Sweden:
Flowers, chocolate, wine or something home made.
Bonus: Informal Swedish for beginners
- Tjena, Tja – Hi, Hello
- Läget? – What’s up?
- Hur mår du? – How are you feeling?
- Jag älskar dig – I love you
Poet and composer Carl Michael Bellman, is the main character of a type of Swedish jokes, known as Bellman-jokes. Here is the joke from this episode:
“A Dane, a Norwegian and Bellman made a wager on who could remain inside a goat pen the longest. First out was the Dane, who came out after just 10 minutes yelling “Damn! The goat stinks!” After him the Norwegian went in, and after half an hour he came out yelling, “Damn! The goat stinks!” Finally Bellman went in. After 2 hours the goat came rushing out yelling “Damn! Bellman stinks!”
WeChat ID: “Welcome_Sweden”