Hej från Sverige!

Hello fellow students!

We are three girls studying the programme Rhetorics and Leadership in the wonderful town of Örebro, Sweden. We are all looking forward to this course and to learn about your everyday life and experiences of your culture. It is going to be very interesting to find out what we have in common and what differences there’s to be found. Here is a short introduction of ourselves:

Maria: Hi! I’m Maria, a 21-year old rhetoric student at Örebro University. This is only my second semester at uni, since I moved here from my hometown of Hofors last August. Besides my studies, I occasionally do some extra work as a group fitness instructor at a gym here in Örebro. I would tell you more about myself but I believe it’s time for the most important break of the day: COFFEEBREAK!

Isabella: Hello, my name is Isabella and I´m a 21 years old student. I´m from Norrköping, a city 1, 5 h from Örebro. I´m glad and social person who love to take a cop of coffee with my friends. I´m interesting in art, design and I love to travel! Like Stina, my favorite city is Paris.

Stina: Hey guys! I’m a 20 year old, blonde and blue-eyed girl. I guess I fit into the stereotype I believe people have about Swedes, that we are always smiling and likes to party. I like to do more than partying on my spare time though; I also love to cook and to work out. I’m a very social person and likes to hang out with friends and go for a Swedish “fika” on a café. I’m also into languages and am planning to take an exchange half year in France next year. There’s no city more beautiful then Paris!

We believe that Sweden is a very interesting country that is too anonymous for the rest of the world. Many people think that Norway, Sweden and Finland is one country, but we are in fact very different form our fellow neighbours. It is not only the language that is different, finnish is basically impossible for us to understand and in Norway everything costs a fortune (they earn a fortune too, but still).

Everyone knows that Sweden is a cold country, but we think it has got comfortable temperatures, not too cold and not to hot. “Lagom” as we would say. Also, our different seasons truly shows and the winter, spring, summer and autumn change the climate totally into a beautiful green color in spring and completely white when its winter. It’s beauty at its best. Though, we would lie if we would say that it is fun to slip with the bike in the snow at winter and to barely be able to get a tan at summer… What do you think about your seasons? (and yes, that is a typical Swedish thing to do too, talk about the weather. There’s never a bad time to talk about the weather!)

The things that we are most proud of about Sweden are the famous food, meatballs, our traditions and our good welfare. We have a country that takes care of us, both with a good child-policy and a university with no tuition fee. The country is also very liberated and open-minded; it’s a good and safe country to be raised in, in other words.

Well, that probably sums it all up. We can’t wait to talk with you guys and we are positive that our cooperation will open our eyes to new cultures and new angles on life.

Best regards,
Maria, Isabella & Stina

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7 Responses to Hej från Sverige!

  1. Great post, thanks a lot, girls!
    Russia is also a rather cold country, especially Siberia and the Far East ( where we live), so we have very similar seasons and weather. People often say that Far East and Siberia is one region of Russia, but it is not. They are different, although the language is the same. Climate is milder here than in Siberia, and we have more ties with Asians here.
    Speaking of differences, I can’t but mention that people in the Far East are sooooo different from Moscow, We sometimes feel abroad when in Moscow, which is soo westernized.
    What are we proud of? there are many things to be proud of , but I will leave it to my students to continue…..

  2. Ksenya says:

    Hello!
    We all live in a huge country and each of us can be proud of smth special. But of course, there are things to be proud of all the Russians… For example, the fact that the Russian Federation has the largest area of the territory in the world!
    We are proud of our long history, our outstanding scholars, athletes, writers and so on . Pushkin is one of the greatest poets of all time, his writings were translated into many languages!

  3. Sasha says:

    Speaking about weather, many people consider cold weather to be typical for Russia. As it was already mentioned, Russia is the biggest country in the world (by territory). And mostly climate in Russia is continental. So it is not always cold, there are indeed Southern parts of Russia which are pretty warm. And that was about winter. Summers on some territories are awfully hot.

  4. Stanford University says:

    Hello!
    I really agree with Olga Vladimirovna that there are many things in Russia to be proud of.
    First of them is the culture. We have many traditions and customs. Most of people consider that we have just several characteristics of our culture like vodka, borscht, bears in our cities (!!!) and so on. But even Russian people in general do not think over how many customs they have and know.
    For example, that is our hospitality. We trust all people we know and try to help them in any way we can. Especially if these people are our friends.
    Then we have close ties with parents. They are not just someone who gave us a life and taught how to live in this world. They are really our friends whose views we value so much. And they can help us in any time. Even if you are a young woman, a single, with a little baby or you are the person who is despised by the society, you always know that your parents will allow you to come back to the parents nest.
    The family is the most important thing for Russians. Everybody in our country is proud of his (her) family because that is just the one thing in the world for which to live.

  5. Liza Chizhova says:

    Hello!
    I really agree with Olga Vladimirovna that there are many things in Russia to be proud of.
    First of them is the culture. We have many traditions and customs. Most of people consider that we have just several characteristics of our culture like vodka, borscht, bears in our cities (!!!) and so on. But even Russian people in general do not think over how many customs they have and know.
    For example, that is our hospitality. We trust all people we know and try to help them in any way we can. Especially if these people are our friends.
    Then we have close ties with parents. They are not just someone who gave us a life and taught how to live in this world. They are really our friends whose views we value so much. And they can help us in any time. Even if you are a young woman, a single, with a little baby or you are the person who is despised by the society, you always know that your parents will allow you to come back to the parents nest.
    The family is the most important thing for Russians. Everybody in our country is proud of his (her) family because that is just the one thing in the world for which to live.

  6. Liza Chizhova says:

    I’m so sorry for this mistake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Maria, Isabella & Stina says:

    Hi everyone!

    You’re all making good points, people in general are likely to see Russia as one country – which of course it is – but maybe forget that it is a huge country, and obviously can not have one homogenous culture.

    As soon as our teacher, Dr. Eriksson, stops giving us heaps and heaps of course books to read, we should look up what works of Pushkin are translated to Swedish…!

    Regards,
    Maria, Isabella & Stina

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