This week´s tourist of the week is actually not really a tourist anymore; he has moved to Sweden! But we love his blog and wanted you to meet him so here we go… ;o)
Hey Dean, we think you´re great. Fancy telling us a bit more about yourself?
Sure, no problem! I am originally from Bristol, England but lived in London ten years before moving to Sweden a year ago.
So, why Sweden?
Good question! Well my initial answer is that I moved to be with the one I love, but I was also curious about Sweden. I have lived in Australia before and the challenge to move to a new country was appealing. Sweden is a country that not many really understand beyond the stereotypical misconceptions of Abba, Ikea etc. So I wanted to use my writing to really let the world know just what an amazing and beautiful country Sweden truly is.
Amazing, what made you fall in love with this country?
The relaxed atmosphere, the ridiculous price of a beer, but more importantly I fell in love with a society that always put its family at the forefront of social activity. Back home in the UK I often felt lost with how we had isolated ourselves when families get together. Family is important and I want my family in Sweden to have the best life possible. It took time to get used to Sweden! You cannot see it all or live it all in one month let alone a year, it´s a country you need to explore from North to South and it’s a never ending journey.
Wow, you really seem to love it here!
I love a lot about Sweden. Though I am not longer a “tourist” it has taken a while to adjust from moving from the UK to Sweden. I moved during the late winter if 2011 and it was, in Östergötland the worst winter in 90 years. So I had to get used to snow once more. The things I love most about Sweden are the love of the outdoors. We may have several dark short winter days but in the summer there are many places to visit and enjoy that are not just subjected to Stockholm and Gothenburg. Sweden is a BIG country compared to the UK, yet has less population than London. A country with many hidden secrets.
So where’s your favourite place in Sweden?
During the summer many will say Gotland. Stockholm and Göteborg are always going to be the most visited places. But every part of Sweden has its own initial beauty. For me the best place I have been to in Sweden since I moved here is Västervik. It has a stunning Archipelago and the scenery is just phenomenal. Linköping and Norrköping are also great places to visit all year round.
How would you compare Swedes to the Brits?
Always an interesting question! Most people tell me that Swedish people are cold and unapproachable. This is so no true! Swedish people are polite, courteous, and respectful just like they are back home in the UK. If I had to compare both I would say the biggest difference would be that Swedish people place more of an emphasis on spending time with family more than we do back in the UK. But, of course, I am speaking from personal experience. Of course there are cultural differences that I still need to get used to, mainly Fika, expensive beer and Melodifestivalen.
Hehe… So, your blog is very popular! What is it about?
My blog is going well. It’s a small window to my world and I have links to my blog about moving to Sweden and also my Twitter and Facebook pages. Being a writer I like to be creative and blog as much as I can but sometimes it’s not always possible to do so. My Swedish blog has made me friends here and has also helped those who are considering moving to Sweden a possibility. My main work is in the books and movie scripts that I write but blogging is always a great way to meet new people. If you ever want to move to Sweden, my blog is just one of many out there that can offer advice and help in moving to this amazing country!
Want to know more log on to Dean´s blog www.deanthebard.com/blog