Archive for Sverige

16 Mar 2010

Residence permit

No Comments Residence permit (Sweden)

The plan is for Simon to move to Sweden for a while and we’ve applied for a residence permit. Simon could apply for a Working Holiday Visa since he’s under 30 but we’ve chosen to try to get a residence permit first and if that doesn’t work out he’ll apply for the Visa instead.

I though I would provide information about the process and what’s going on since I thought it would have been helpful to read about it from someone who has experienced it. All the information will end up in the category Move to Sweden and the posts will have the new Sweden banner that you can see in this post. Read more

15 Mar 2010

Application process

No Comments Residence permit (Sweden)

I’ll continuously update this post with the progress of Simon’s residence permit application.


  • 2010-02-18 – Simon sends in the application to the Embassy of Sweden in Canberra.
  • 2010-02-23 – The application is received by the Embassy

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05 Mar 2010

Vasaloppet ski race

No Comments Sverige, Typically Swedish

Having breakfast and watching the traditional Vasaloppet ski race on TV (it’s always held the first Sunday in March). Vasaloppet is the oldest, the longest (90 km) and the biggest (this year it’s about 15 800 participants) cross country ski race in the world. It’s held in north-western Dalarna between the towns Sälen and Mora. The race was started in 1922 being inspired by the run that the future King Gustav Vasa had made in 1520. Read more

10 Sep 2009

BIG problems

No Comments Melbourne, Sverige

I have big problems right now regarding my Swedish bank. The bank security device used to give me a code that I need to log in to my internet banking went flat (without any warning). Change the batteries would have been an easy solution but unfortunately that doesn’t work on my device (I tried it with the result being the device being reset.) You have to go into the bank office and change the whole device.

I used to have phone banking as well so I tried calling that and tried to enter what I thought was my pin code just to find out it had expired. Apparently the codes have been changed from 4 digits to 5 digits lately and if you didn’t use the service during a transition period and changed your code the old one was expired (this has probably been taking place while I’ve been here). Give me a break!! Read more