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21 Feb 2011

Sverige vs Australia #18

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It was a long time since we posted anything in this category so it’s about time. And it’s about time Sweden gets another point so I’m bringing in a strong card – Spotify!

Spotify is a great Swedish software program where you can search and listen to music, make your own playlists by just dragging and dropping your tracks. There are currently 10 million tracks and counting to choose from in a variety of genres. The music plays live, there’s no need to wait for downloads and no big dent in your hard drive. You can listen at any time, no matter where you are. Through your computer or your mobile phone.

You can share tracks and playlists with your friends and have joint playlists they can add music to too. It’s simply great!  And best of all, it’s free (at least if you’re willing to put up with the version where you get the ad breaks).

Rock on Sweden!

Sverige – Australia 9-9

22 Dec 2010

Julafton vs Christmas Day

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Christmas is a very different tradition in Sweden and in Australia. To start off with it’s in the middle of the darkest winter in Sweden and in the middle of summer in Australia. I’ve not yet celebrated Christmas in Australia so I can’t say that I know from first hand experience what it’s all about but instead of rugging up in front of the fire, Aussies have barbeques and go swimming and in my mind it looks something like this: 😉

Both Swedes and Aussies have both Santa Claus, Christmas trees and decorations. In Sweden Christmas decorations also include red tulips, Poinsettias (in Swedish julstjärnor) and red or white Amaryllises. Read more

08 Dec 2010

Sweden made history

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Sweden made history on Monday this week when they beat Australia in the World Championship in floorball, 39-1. What a blowout! Before this, the biggest numbers seen in a WFC game ever were 30-0. The result was from a game between Finland and Singapore in 1996.

Read in the press about the game:
“The battle between Australia and Sweden was expected to be a slaughter – a brutal one.”

“After the battle the Aussie Head Coach Grant Mead told the media they had set very small goals for the game for the team and he also congratulated Sweden for the win. According to the Sweden’s Head Coach Kent Göransson it was an OK game for the Swedes.” 🙂

Maybe Sweden even deserve a point for this?! 😛

Australian Floorball Association

World Floorball Championship 2010

04 Nov 2010

Sverige vs Australia #17

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It’s been a while since the last Sverige vs Australia so it’s about time for another comparison.

This time it’s about something we discovered a couple of weeks ago – reflective vests and badges (reflexvästar and reflexer in Swedish). It gets very dark in Sweden during autumn and winter and everyone who drives a car knows how hard it can be to spot a person walking by the road when it’s dark outside.

That’s why I’m truly happy about the fact that reflective vests have become increasingly popular in Sweden. And no, it’s not only kids and old people who wear them either. Here in Sweden people wear them when they’re out walking, running, riding their bike and so on. They look a bit dorky I admit that but I rather look like a dorky crossing guard as Simon calls me, and be seen by drivers when I’m out walking Pollux than risk getting hit by a car. And yes, Pollux of course has his own reflective harness too.

If it’s dark outside and the high beam on your car is…

  • off you can’t spot a person until they’re as close as 25 meters in front of you, if they wear a reflective badge or vest the distance increases to 125 meters.
  • on you can spot a person when they’re about 150 meters in front of you, if they wear a reflective badge or vest the distance increases to 450 meters.

I know for a fact that it gets dark during periods of time in Australia too and since you Aussies don’t really use neither reflective badges or vests, this point goes to Sweden!


Sverige – Australia 8-9

30 Oct 2010

We found ice

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If you remember Simon was a bit upset a while ago about the fact that you can’t buy ice in bags in Sweden (HERE). Well, last night when we were grocery shopping at newly opened City Gross we found ice, in bags right there next to the ice cream. They were rather small and a bit expensive but you CAN buy ice in Sweden and I’m actually considering removing that point from Australia now. =P

29 Oct 2010

Time is of the essence

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It’s dark in the mornings when I get up (just around 6am), it’s dark when I eat breakfast and it’s dark when I drive to work. I hate this time of year, the darkness always takes my energy away and makes me tired.

Speaking of time, we discovered another difference between Sweden and Australia the other day when Simon was complaining about starting school so early. Early?! 8am is not early it’s perfectly normal and since I start work at 7.30am (which is also perfectly normal in Sweden), not starting until 8am seems a bit luxurious to me.

I never really thought about it before but if I remember correctly we started school at 8am but in Australia school doesn’t start until 9am (so of course Simon thinks 8am is early). The same goes for work, I did start work later last year when I was working in Australia too. My normal work hours was 8.30am-5pm, with only a 30 minutes lunch break (at least when I did the hours I was suppose too most of the time I did plenty of overtime).

My work in Sweden is a bit special, we have different hours during summer and winter which isn’t standard. During summer we work less and during winter a bit more. So my normal work hours during winter (September-April) are from 7.30am-4.30pm Mondays-Thursdays and 7.30am-3.30pm on Fridays. During summer (May-August) they’re 7.30am-4pm Mondays-Thursdays and 7.30am-3pm on Fridays.

28 Sep 2010

Sverige vs Australia #16

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Time for Sweden to step up so I’ll bring out a Swedish golden card – allemansrätten (litterally everyman’s right).

Naturvårdsverket, the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency explains what allemansrätten is like this;

The Right of Public Access is a unique right to roam freely in the countryside. But with the right come responsibilities – to take care of nature and wildlife and to show consideration for landowners and for other people enjoying the countryside. The Swedish EPA sums up the Right of Public Access in the phrase – ‘Don’t disturb – Don’t destroy’. Read more

22 Sep 2010

Sverige vs Australia #15

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This is a reflection from Simon that has been noticeable lately since I have to admit we’ve had pizza once or twice during the kitchen reno. In Australia you get your pizza pre-sliced, something you have to do yourself in Sweden. And the following conversation has been taking place:

– Why don’t you get the pizza sliced up?
– Well, I guess Swedish people have pizza slicers or knifes and cut them themselves.
– Don’t you think that’s stupid? But what do you do if you want to bring a pizza and eat it in the park? Do you have to bring a knife or a pizza slicer then? Or if you serving 20 pizzas at a party or something, do you have to stand and cut them all then?
– I guess….*silence*

Point taken, it’s not a major problem in my life but I guess it would be sort of convenient to get the pizza pre-sliced (at least if you’re eating it in a park) so another point goes to the Aussies down under.  😉

Sverige – Australia 6-9


I don’t take points back but I do realise that Australia got off a bit easy on this one, I’ll try to not let it happen again. =) Time for revenge Sweden!!

16 Sep 2010

That’s what I’m walking about

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Ever considered running/walking from Adelaide to Melbourne? Former AFL footy player Shane Crawford (Crawf) did just that, ran/walked the over 760 kilometers between Adelaide and Melbourne in support of Breast Cancer Network Australia. He finished today, 11 days after he left Rundle Mall in Adelaide and began his journey. Pretty impressive, I thought going by car between the two cities was a bit of a pain.


Two famous Swedish profiles, Gert Fylking and Robert Aschberg, did something similar last year when they walked through Sweden in support of the Prostate Cancer Foundation. In 100 days they walked the 1860 kilometers between Ystad (in the very south of Sweden) and Haparanda (in the far north) – read about it HERE (in Swedish). Imagine if someone would do the same in Australia, walk from coast to coast….a bit further that’s for sure. 😛

13 Sep 2010

Sverige vs Australia #14

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Do you talk on your mobile or even worse text while you’re driving? I must admit I do sometimes talk, but I always try to at least use my handsfree while I do it.

I read somewhere that talking on your mobile while driving is like trying to read a book while you’re watching TV. Everyone who has tried know that it doesn’t really work to keep your attention on both. And using your handsfree isn’t really an excuse either, you’re still talking which makes you distracted, divert your ability to react quickly to road situations and gives you tunnel vision. Read more