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Harold M

Harold M

6 Mar, 2018
Venezuela
Age: 31
Status: permanent resident

Why did you move to Sweden?

I was looking for opportunities abroad. I wanted to study more and see what was out there. Sweden ended up being the place, a little bit by chance, a little bit by friends that live here.

When did you move to Sweden?

Summer 2011.

What do you wish you knew about Sweden, when you first moved here?

That it takes a lot of work to make friends here

What’s your favourite part about living in Sweden?

Definitely not the weather haha. Probably that life is calm and nice, good salaries and good quality of life in general

What has surprised you about living in Sweden?

That is a country with problems like any other place. I think there is a picture of this Nordic perfection that it is not true.

What do you struggle with the most in Sweden?

Probably the darkness. It can be really depressing in November when it has not snowed and it is reaaally dark. I get hungry all the time and I sleep really fast. After 6 years I still struggle a lot with it.

Do you speak Swedish? Do you think it’s necessary to learn Swedish in Sweden?

Yes I do speak. I think it is important as part of integrating to society, also Swedish opens the door for new opportunities in the job market.

Did you find it difficult to make friends in Sweden when you first moved here? If so, why? If not, why not?

Well, at the beginning no because I was in an international program at the university with a bunch of people that were in the same situation. I am still friends with them and a lot of them live still here in Sweden. What was definitely more difficult was making Swedish friends, but I have managed.

What advice would you give to someone moving to Sweden?

Read a lot about the rules to move here and all the possible permits, take control of it and check everything is in order. Bring warm clothes :)

What do you wish you knew about Sweden before you moved here?

I think I knew enough when I came here. I like it also that it has been a journey of discovering. It makes the whole process more exciting. I wish maybe I knew that surstörmming was so utterly disgusting :)

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