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17 Aug 2012

Back online

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Finally after almost a month’s wait and many phone calls to Telstra it’s here – the router! So as of now we’re back online! Yeah!! We’ve actually had the router sitting at the post office for two days but since it closes already at 5 pm we’ve struggled to make it there in time to pick it up given that we both work. Simon missed out with a couple of minutes two days in a row which was really annoying. In a weird way I actually start to appreciate the Swedish system where most post offices are closed down but instead they have distributors where you pick up your parcel, normally a grocery store or a kiosk. That way you can pick up your parcel after work when it’s convenient for you and don’t have to bend over backwards and rearrange your whole day just because your received a parcel to big to fit in your mailbox. So thank you Sweden and Australia, you have more to learn on this issue! 🙂

01 Apr 2012

Charity runs

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One difference that I’ve noticed between Sweden and Australia is that there seem to be a lot of runs organised to support charity in Australia (at least in Melbourne) and we don’t really have that here in Sweden (at least not that I know of). Today’s Run for the kids in Melbourne is just one of them.

It’s absolutely sensational. It is really just a wonderful event that ticks all our boxes – it’s about families, it’s healthy, it’s outside in the lovely surrounds of Melbourne … it’s the best fun run in Melbourne. – Good Friday Appeal director Christine Unsworth

In the Herald Sun/CityLink Run for the Kids, the participants choose to run either 14.38 km or a shorter 5.2 km. They all have the opportunity to be sponsored by family, friends and workmates and all money raised by sponsored runners will go to the Good Friday Royal Children’s Hospital Appeal. In this year’s seventh annual run the  the 33,000 joggers, walkers and runners raised a record high 1.65 million dollars. Well done!

15 Nov 2011

Compare prices

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Just out of curiousity Simon and I’ve decided to do a little price comparison between Sweden and Australia. The plan is to pick a couple of standard items in the grocery store here in Sweden and then when we’re down in Austraila pick similar items and compare the prices. We also want to compare eating out and stuff like that too when we’re at it but lets start with the grocery bag.

We’ve started the list but please help us with suggestions on items to include in our price comparison.

  1. Milk
  2. Cream
  3. Butter
  4. Eggs
  5. Orange juice
  6. Cheese
  7. Feta cheese
  8. Carrots
  9. Cauliflower
  10. Broccoli
  11. Capsicum
  12. Tomato
  13. Lettuce
  14. Onion
  15. Garlic
  16. Bananas
  17. Apples
  18. Olive oil
  19. Loaf of bread
  20. Spaghetti
  21. Rice
  22. Minced meat
  23. Chicken fillets
  24. Pork fillet
  25. Salmon
  26. Tea
  27. Coffe
  28. Coca Cola
  29. Spices (salt/peppar/chili)
  30. Ice cream
  31. Laundry detergent
  32. Toothpaste
07 Oct 2011

Tea, dinner or supper?

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What do you call your evening meal? A lot of Australians call it tea and since I always call it dinner and was taught that it’s called supper back in school I just had to try to solve the mystery of which one is correct and the difference between them.

According to Kate Fox who’s written the following in her book Watching the English, it has to do with what time you eat and what social class you belong to.

  • If you call it tea, and eat it at around half past six, you are almost certainly working class or of working class origin.
  • If you call the evening meal dinner, and eat it at around seven o’clock, you are probably lower-middle or middle-middle class.
  • If you normally only use the term dinner for rather more formal evening meals, and call your informal, family evening meal supper, you are probably upper-middle or upper class. The timing of these meals tends to be more flexible, but a family supper is generally eaten at around half past seven, while a dinner would usually be later, from half past eight onwards.

To make things even more confusing some people actually use the term dinner to refer to what many other people call lunch. So I guess you can eat ‘breakfast – lunch – dinner‘, ‘breakfast – lunch – tea‘ or perhaps ‘breakfast – dinner – supper‘, ‘breakfast – dinner – tea‘ or why not ‘breakfast – lunch ‘ supper‘.

Well, I said I had to try to solve the mystery and as it turns out it’s not that easy so maybe I just stick to middag (the Swedish word). Yes, we only have one word (or possibly two if you count kvĂ€llsmat). Everyone eats ‘frukost – lunch – middag‘. Easy peasy! 😉

30 Aug 2011

Australian Swedish couples

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Talitha has created a Google Group dedicated to Australian Swedish couples around the world. If you’re interested in joining send an email to swaussie-couples(at) to get an invite. The only critera is that you have to be part of an Australian-Swedish couple. This can be a great way to meet, network, share stories and give/get advice to people in the same situation.

This is for all the Swaussie couples out there who would like to meet, network and have the support of other Swaussie couples. Whether you live in Sweden or Australia (or somewhere else entirely), you may be doing long-distance or married with kids- all Swedish Australian couples are welcome to join.

25 Jul 2011

Svergie vs Australia #21

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything in this category so I figured it’s about time. This might seem very trivial to you but for me, being the addict that I am, it’s a very important issue to me and a potentially big problem. 🙂

One of the things I missed the most when I was living in Australia was normal chewing gum. Yes. there are of course chewing gums in Australia too but they’re not the same. They taste different, the packages are different, it’s just not right. So since I’m the boss of the blog I’ll hereby hand over another point to Sweden making the current score, time to catch up Australia ;):

Sverige – Australia 12-9

09 May 2011

Mother’s Day

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It was Mother’s Day in Australia and in other parts of the world too yesterday, but not in Sweden. The modern Mother’s Day is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, yet most commonly in March, April, or May as a day to honor mothers and motherhood.

Mother’s Day was first introduced in America (of course) back in 1907 when Anna Jarvis two years after her mother’s death held a memorial to her mother and thereafter embarked upon a campaign to make Mother’s Day a recognized holiday. She succeeded in making this nationally recognized in 1914. The tradition reached Europe, first UK and later Scandinavia. Mother’s Day was first celebrated in Sweden in 1919 by initiative of the author Cecilia BĂ„Ă„th-Holmberg.

In Australia the first Mother’s Day was celebrated by initiative of Mrs Janet Heyden. She began the tradition during a visit to a patient at a home for women, where she met many lonely and forgotten mothers. To cheer them up, she rounded up support from local school children and businesses to donate and bring gifts to the women.

In Australia it always falls on the second Sunday in May but in Sweden it’s celebrated the last Sunday in May. Romour has it that the reason for the late date in Sweden is because Spring arrives late here and by then everyone could go out and pick flowers for their mothers. Sweden is a stretched out country and the northern parts do have snow left a lot longer than we do down in the south.

How do you celebrate Mother’s Day?

17 Apr 2011

Sverige vs Australia #20

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Both Australia and Sweden has the option of self checkout/self scanning in many grocery stores. But they’re very different.

In Sweden it works like this:

You have to register with the store that you like to use self checkout in. Usually you have a card that you swipe when you get into the store to get a scanning device. Then you start shopping, scanning the barcodes of your items as you go along and when it comes to vegetables, fruit and such you put them on a scale, pick what item it is and weigh them in order to get a label with a barcode you scan. When you reach the checkout desk it varies a bit from store to store what you do but normal is either to scan a checkout barcode or put the scanning device away and swipe your card again. Your groceries are then summed up and you can pay with your debit/credit card. If you like to pay with cash there are seperate checkout desks with personnel you can use. Easy peasy!

In Australia it works like this:

You go shop and pick up your groceries as usual and all the work of scanning your items is done when you actually check out. The checkout scanning machine gives you oral instructions on what to do and you scan your item, weigh fruits and vegetables and pick the right item on the screen just like you do in Sweden. You then can pay with either cash or a debit/credit card.

I must be honest and admit I don’t get the Aussie way, it just seem to take a lot longer. I rarely used them when I lived in Melbourne just for that reason. I think the Swedish way is very easy to use and it doesn’t feel like my shopping takes longer, I don’t have to stand in line to check out and the checkout process is very quick. The downside is when you get a random check and have to go to a normal checkout counter to scan all your items to make sure you didn’t cheat. But that doesn’t happen very often.

But I really want to give this point to Sweden anyway since Australia tried to make it easier but I feel like they didn’t really manage to do so, correct me if I’m wrong.

Sverige – Australia 11-9

12 Apr 2011

Sverige vs Australia #19

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Another reflection from Simon regarding Sweden that I came to think about today was, what he in the beginning referred to as our ridicilous recycling routine. What would be better than making this subject into a Sverige vs Australia post (especially since I think it’s a given point to Sweden).


Sweden is very green, we recycle almost everything and just in our apartment complex (and we’re not in any way unusual) there are different bins for organic waste, cardboard/boxes, paper/newspapers, plastic, metal, coloured glass, clear glass, light bulbs, batteries and cumbastible waste. On top of that we bring electrical, hazardous and other waste to the town dump.


The organic waste (e.g fruit peels, potato peel, tea bags, serviettes, anything that’s bio degradable) is in our municipality turned into biogas which is used as fuel for our carbage trucks and other cars as well. Biogas is both cheaper and smarter environmental choice than our normal fossil we’re using now. What remains after the production of biogas is a nutritious biofertilizers used by local farmers instead of the normal chemical fertilizer.


In Australia on the other hand, most things go in the same bin and since I’m so used to recycling everything meticulously I found it really hard to do that during the six months I lived in Melbourne. It felt very wrong. The downside to the Swedish system is the many bins you have to keep in the kitchen but it’s not that big of a deal so this point goes to Sweden without a doubt.

Sverige – Australia 10-9


01 Mar 2011

Australian & Swedish Seasons

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It’s officially the first day of Autumn today in Australia, at least according to the calender. Australian seasons always begin on the first day of the month, in most other countries seasons begin on the 21st day of the month. The 21st day of December and June are the longest and shortest days and the 21st of March and September are the Autumn and Spring solstices. Read more