This video below has been circulating lately everywhere on internet. You probably saw it too.
It´s about “promoting” Stockholm and showing how great it is to live in this city.
Everything he says is absolutely true. It is indeed, a growing city. That´s what I´ve been seeing since I moved here. The Capital of Scandinavia has big potentials in many ways.
But hold on… Don´t pack your bags yet…
If this city is so great, I am wondering why so many singles ?
This video has not really talked about the “Human part “ of it , So it would be interesting to hear about this aspect too.
Right now, on the Swedish TV, there is a comedy serie called ” Welcome to Sweden”.
It is a comedic view of Greg Poehler’s life experience, having moved to Sweden to marry and live with a Swedish woman almost a decade ago. The show follows New Yorker accountant Bruce as he follows his girlfriend Emma to Sweden. It is broadcast on TV4 in Sweden and will be broadcast on NBC in the USA around July this year. The bulk of the series is in English.
You will be able to see a glimpse of how Sweds are perceived with a touch of humour. Last week, I watched the show and it was about Sweds interacting with each other. There were funny scenes such as when Emma, the girlfriend was about to go out. But before she opened the door, she looked at the peephole… Bruce was of course, wondering what she was doing and she naturally answered ” well, I´m checking first if there is no one before I leave so I can avoid saying hi to the neighbours”.
So, here is one aspect of the social life. We don´t socialyse here 🙂 That´s probably one of the reasons we are so many singles in this great city…
As Greg Poehler said in a interview about his experience: ” It is hard to make new friends and be integrated in a group. Sweds have their friends since their childhood or from University and that´s it. They don´t take more friend´s applications. The friendship stops at the “fika” stage (swedish way of saying having a coffee ).
I felt good hearing him having the same experience as me. I could relate easily. But, if you are patient, the social life will come. And I believe Sweds are shy and afraid of disturbing. So they would rather keep their distance than be too close and probably cross an embarrassing line.
Now, after living here for few years, I do have great friends and a social life that I cherish a lot. It takes time to build a friendship with a Swed but it is probably more real.