03 May 2012

Extend residence permit

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Simon’s temporary two year residence permit in Sweden is about to run out soon and I’ve therefore started looking into what we need to do to extend it. You don’t get a reminder from the Migration Board when your permit is about to run out, you have to keep track of it yourself and apply for an extension of your permit before your current permit expires.

The application for the extension will not be processed until your current permit expires. But if you’ve submitted your application for an extension before then, you’re allowed to stay in Sweden until the Migration Board has reached a decision. Your also allowed to keep working while the application is being processed.

Even though the Migration Board normally will grant you a permanent residence permit if you’ve lived together with your partner for two years or longer, you and your partner will still be called to an interview. What a pain!

An application can either be handed in personally to a Migration Board office or be sent in per snail mail. This is what you need for your application:

Seems to be some work ahead of us for this so I think we better get started….

07 Feb 2012

Sausage rolls, pies and pasties

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A couple of things that Simon miss here in Sweden are sausage rolls, meat pies and pasties. I’ve made an attempt to make my own sausage rolls and they turned out alright but I’ve yet not tried making meat pies. On the Swaussie Couples Facebook page (yes, there is such a thing and it’s great). I’ve now received a tip that a place in Stockholm called Taylors & Jones sell really good sausage rolls, pies and pasties. We’ll definitely have to pay them a visit when we’re up in Stockholm in March to try them out.

06 Feb 2012

Driving license – final cost

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Simon, as you know, took his Swedish license in the end of last year and this is how much he ended up spending:

  • Learner’s permit (körkortstillstånd) – 220 SEK
  • Eye exam – 100 SEK
  • Theory study material in English: Driving license book incl. Swedish road signs booklet – 435 SEK, Trafikskolan TEO 2011 (PC program) – 149 SEK
  • Risk training part 1 – 600 SEK
  • Risk training part 2 (slippery road/halkbana)– 1900 SEK
  • Driving lesson – 4 x 400 SEK
  • Written test – 2x 220 SEK
  • Driving test – 700 SEK
  • Borrow car for driving test – 400 SEK
  • Manufacturing cost for the license – 150 SEK
  • Photo – 50 SEK

In the end it all adds up to 6 744 SEK, quite expensive for someone who already knows how to drive and have had their license for 10 years but hey, not much you can do about it.

13 Dec 2011

How to survive a Swedish winter – No. 6

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You can’t fight nature so try to embrace the winter instead and befriend the snow. Learn how to ski (cross country or slalom) if you don’t know how to already, go ice skating, sledding or just spend some time outside; build a snowman, make snow angels or have a snowball fight. And in order for you to enjoy this we come back to tip No.1– keep warm and you’ll stay happy!


11 Dec 2011

How to survive a Swedish winter – No. 5

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By the time December comes around Sweden has very few hours of daylight each day. If you live up in the very northern parts of the country the sun actually never rise above the horizon this time of the year. So when Advent comes and the much anticipated count down to Christmas begins, the electric candlesticks and stars we put up lighting our windows are a much appreciated tradition.

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It all turns and the days slowly get longer again at the midwinter solstice (around December 21) but a great tip from one of our readers is to replace the Christmas light decoration with a normal table lamp to still keep the dark at bay until spring arrives.

Thank you Theresia for your great tip!

10 Dec 2011

How to survive a Swedish winter – No. 4

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It’s no secret that the body needs daylight to function. It helps us produce serotonin which keeps us awake and it helps the body produce vitamin D which we need to function in general. So when the days get shorter and it’s dark when you leave for work/school in the morning and dark when you go home, any daylight you can soak up is important. So even if you only have 5-10 minutes during your lunch break you should try to go outside.


08 Dec 2011

How to survive a Swedish winter – No. 3

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One of my absolute favourite things to do during the dark winter is to light lots and lots of candles everywhere. It gives such a warm and cozy feeling.

06 Dec 2011

How to survive a Swedish winter – No. 2

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Sweden has four very different and distinctive seasons, each one of them special and wonderful in its own way. And if you fail to find anything positve with winter (which I doubt, I think you’ll find something even if it’s cold, dark and long) there is always spring and summer to look forward to.

A very positive tip given by my mum

05 Dec 2011

How to survive a Swedish winter – No. 1

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Swedish winters tend to get pretty cold and temperatures as low as minus 20 degrees Celsius are not uncommon. You can count on it if you live up in the northern part of Sweden but the last couple of years it’s been really cold and lots of snow down in the south too. So my number one tip in order to survive the winter is to make sure that you gear up!  A thick winter jacket, a beanie, a scarf, thick gloves and of course a really warm pair of shoes is a must.

05 Dec 2011

How to survive a Swedish winter

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It’s dark late in the mornings and early in the afternoon. It’s getting colder and the snow is also on it’s way. The winter is here! I  know a lot of expats struggle with the Swedish winters, especially when you come from a warm country, like say Australia, where the word winter doesn’t even come close to meaning the same thing as in Sweden. I also know for a fact that a lot of Swedes struggle too. I’m one of them, I always lack energy during the winter and I’m always walking around being cold. Therefore I’m asking you for your help. Expat or not it doesn’t matter, send us your best survival tips on how to survive a Swedish winter and then I’ll share them all with you here with this little winter banner up the top.

Together we’ll survive! =)