Life in Sweden

Five years in Sweden

My five-year-old Swedish ID card will expire next month. I cannot believe it. It feels like yesterday when I came to Sweden for the first time.

I have to say that I am so grateful for this journey. I have learned so much, grown as a person and have felt such a strong sense of belonging here. Many people ask me what it was like to immigrate to a new country with little knowledge of the language or the culture. I tell them that the journey has been incredibly fulfilling and fruitful – both personally and professionally. This blog will talk about my experiences of moving to Sweden and why I have made this country my home.

I was born in Hanoi, Vietnam. Growing up in an Asian country was a fantastic experience and I was exposed to many wonderful cultures and traditions. I spent most of my childhood living in Hanoi where my parents worked. We lived a fairly normal middle-class lifestyle in Hanoi and were quite comfortable financially. Growing up, I always dreamed of living abroad and experiencing life in a different country. I always wanted to travel the world and learn about different cultures and lifestyles. My parents always supported me and encouraged me to pursue my dreams and gave me all the means they could afford. When I came to Uppsala to study for my Master’s back in 2017, I was given the opportunity to live and study overseas in Sweden.

Living in another country is an amazing experience, and I have learned and grown up so much as a person. However, it can be very difficult at times, too. I have to learn to deal with every small challenge by myself. For instance, I sometimes have to fix my own bike when it gets broken or help with painting the apartment because the services are not that good and they are priced ridiculously. On the other hand, living in Sweden has been the best decision I ever made in my life so far. I have made so many new friends from all over the world and I have seen so many beautiful places since I have been here. I’ve learned so much about the culture and I feel comfortable with everything here now. I think that I will stay here for at least a few more years until I get my degree and then I will probably look for a job in Sweden.

Sweden is a country where you can work/study and enjoy life at the same time. With its beautiful landscape, rich culture and history, it’s a great place to study abroad, whether you’re looking for an international experience or want to spend some time away from home. The education system in Sweden is known for excellence and innovation, with many schools consistently ranked among the best in the world. My city Uppsala has a population of around 100 000 people so there will always be plenty of places where you can meet fellow students who speak your native language too! For example: there are many international restaurants where everyone sits together at tables full of food that they have cooked themselves (you don’t need any special skills!). There are also many bars where people hang out after school/work hours but still want some fun time off before going home again tomorrow morning.

If you’re looking to study abroad, Sweden is a great place to do so. The country is known for its progressive policies and active engagement with the international community. With a strong focus on education, it’s one of the safest countries in Europe—and yet still has very few threats from terrorism or crime. There are plenty of different cities that have been named among the world’s best student cities. Stockholm is one of them. Here’s a list of some other great options:

  • Göteborg – This city has a history dating back to the 12th century, making it one of the oldest cities in Europe. It also boasts beautiful beaches and makes for great places to visit during summer months!
  • Lund – As one might expect from an old city like this one, Lund has many historic sites that visitors can enjoy exploring as well as museums dedicated entirely towards artworks created by local artists over time.
  • Uppsala – The university town located northwest from Stockholm offers many opportunities for students interested in studying abroad or living on campus while attending classes at any given institution within its borders—and those aren’t limited just those located within walking distance either!
  • Malmö – This city combines both modern architecture with historical buildings such as churches built around 13th century times when Denmark ruled over Sweden; today though everything seems much more modernized due mostly due its location right next door neighbor Copenhagen which seems pretty close by comparison despite being 41 km away.

Foreign students can apply for scholarships from various sources including private foundations. There are also many grants available through universities themselves; some require only an essay about why you want this particular program instead of another one offered by your school here at home.

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