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Relocation to Helsingborg

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UmmAneesa
post 27.Apr.2013, 08:05 AM
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Greetings! I will be moving to (what I’m told) is the beautiful city of Helsingborg in late summer with my child. I have soooooo many questions about moving there! However, I’ll start with some simple ones, that I would be extremely grateful to have answered. For example, how easy is it to travel from HBG to Stockholm? I’ve tried researching on Eurail, but am getting very frustrated, as there don’t seem to be direct routes? Are there many children’s activities in Helsingborg, e.g., gymnastics classes, indoor pools, movies in English, etc.? What about gyms for adults with spinning, step, Zumba classes? Is it easy to get around the city by either bike or public transport? I have more questions, of course, but if I could get some answers to these, it would be great. Thank you!
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Mo
post 27.Apr.2013, 08:33 AM
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Location: Stockholm
Joined: 30.Nov.2005

train times here www.sj.se
it takes 5hrs 20 mins to Stockolm with 1 change
Drive is probably a little longer.
Helsingborg is a typical medium town ib S Sweden, plenty of gyms & pools I am sure.
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Migga
post 27.Apr.2013, 09:40 AM
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Joined: 26.Jul.2011

QUOTE (UmmAneesa @ 27.Apr.2013, 07:05 AM) *
Greetings! I will be moving to (what I’m told) is the beautiful city of Helsingborg in late summer with my child.

I`d say it`s beautiful. The town, the waterfront, the sea and the surrounding area is really nice.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqfohDm3lSw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPPcRTEJ2u8

QUOTE (UmmAneesa @ 27.Apr.2013, 07:05 AM) *
For example, how easy is it to travel from HBG to Stockholm??

The fastest way is by plane via Ängelholm (Angelholm) to Stockholm and takes around 1 hour.
https://www.sas.se/en/

Otherwise it`s by train which takes 5 hours by direct route.
http://www.sj.se/?l=en

You could also take a bus but that will take around 10 hours.
http://bussia.se/buss/17-9/Helsingborg-Stockholm

If you go by car it`s about a 6 hour drive.
https://maps.google.se/maps?saddr=Helsingbo...amp;t=m&z=6

QUOTE (UmmAneesa @ 27.Apr.2013, 07:05 AM) *
Are there many children’s activities in Helsingborg, e.g., gymnastics classes, indoor pools, movies in English?

Sweden is child friendly overall and the bigger the town the more there is to do. With Helsingborg close to the sea there is even more to do. I know that there is skateparks in the town, you can go boating, there`s a parkour park and much more. There are loads of sports and team activities kids can do. When it comes to gymnastics there are a couple of places to turn to listed under Helsingborg.
http://www.gymnastik.se/Barn/HarfinnsBarngymnastik/

There are seven pools in and around Helsingborg.
http://www.helsingborg.se/Medborgare/Upple...och-bassangbad/
Two being indoors.
http://www.filbornaarena.se/
http://www.actic.se/anlaggning/helsingborg-simhallsbadet/

All movies in Sweden is in english but with swedish subtitles, but I know some children movies are dubbed to swedish.

If this isn`t enough you can take the 20 min ferry over to Helsingör, Denmark and visit the big amusment park Bakken there.
http://www.scandlines.se/
http://www.bakken.dk/english

QUOTE (UmmAneesa @ 27.Apr.2013, 07:05 AM) *
What about gyms for adults with spinning, step, Zumba classes?

There are lots of gyms in and around Helsingborg.
https://maps.google.se/maps?q=gym+helsingbo...mp;t=m&z=12
Some offer Zumba classes.
http://www.kurser.se/utbildning/zumba-107548
http://www.raapuls.se/?s=zumba
A few even for kids.
http://www.nordicwellness.se/helsingborg/?pid=7
http://wilsondancecenter.se/events.php

QUOTE (UmmAneesa @ 27.Apr.2013, 07:05 AM) *
Is it easy to get around the city by either bike or public transport?

Yes. They are probably the best ways of getting around the town and it`s center.

QUOTE (UmmAneesa @ 27.Apr.2013, 07:05 AM) *
I have more questions, of course, but if I could get some answers to these, it would be great.

If you want more general information you could turn to the municipality
http://www.helsingborg.se/Medborgare/toppm...ish/see-and-do/
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Silberfüchschen
post 27.Apr.2013, 10:02 AM
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Location: Europe
Joined: 24.May.2012

If you want to fly internationally, then go via Copenhagen. Helsingborg is a lot closer to Copenhagen than Stockholm.

Besides indoor pools, you can swim in the sea during the summer. The town is located right by the water.

The cinemas show plenty of Hollywood movies. With the exception of matiné shows of children movies, they are all in original language with Swedish subtitles.
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UmmAneesa
post 27.Apr.2013, 03:03 PM
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Joined: 18.Aug.2009

Thank you, All! That makes me feel that maybe I am making the right choice this time! I am currently in Germany (a very small town) and feel very lonely and bored here. I knew from the get-go that German people are not the warm and fuzzy type, but this is ridiculous! I have been to Stockholm many times and have always felt the people to be much friendlier and much more internationally-minded. However, I wasn't sure if Helsingborg would be closer to small-town Germany, or big-town Stockholm. Sounds like it's somewhere in-between. It sure is hard finding the right spot where one can feel that it's possible to put down roots and be accepted in a clean, well-run, safe, and internationally-minded city. Hope Helsingborg is the one!
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Divan
post 27.Apr.2013, 03:24 PM
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Joined: 23.Jan.2012

I am curious.

1. Which country are you from originally?

2. Can you speak Swedish or can learn another language easily?

3. Do you have a job lined up in Sweden or enough funds to last till you get a job?

4. Are you moving to Helsingborg for work, relationship with a Swede or are you an EU citizen?

IMHO, Swedes are generally much friendlier in Scania, southern Sweden than in Stockholm, not generally known for being warm, open or friendly, LOL. Helsingborg is also a pretty city, close to water and has perhaps an hour more of sunlight in the winter than Stockholm. It is also closer to Copenhagen which is a fun place to visit, IMHO with more vitality than Stockholm.
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UmmAneesa
post 27.Apr.2013, 04:00 PM
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Joined: 18.Aug.2009

QUOTE (Divan @ 27.Apr.2013, 02:24 PM) *
I am curious. 1. Which country are you from originally? I'm American, but have been living in Europe for 2 years now (Italy and now Germany)2. Can you speak Swedish or can ... (show full quote)
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jezrussell
post 14.Apr.2014, 08:35 AM
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Joined: 22.Mar.2014

There is some useful information below

http://www.hiconnections.eu/ - Helsingborg International Connections (HIC) is an on-and-offline meeting place in Helsingborg and the wider Öresund Region for English-speaking ex-pats from around the world.

I hope this helps.
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