Stockholm Syndrome: catch up on the autumn's stories

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Stockholm Syndrome: catch up on the autumn's stories

'Stockholm Syndrome' - when a hostage sympathises with, or even falls in love with, his or her captor - perfectly sums up our correspondent's attitude towards the Swedish capital.


We've gathered together all of the autumn's stories of crazy Swedish classes, hamfisted attempts to understand - and explain - real Swedes, and varied experiences of fellow foreigners so you can catch up over Christmas.

Stockholm Syndrome will be back in the New Year.

Networking is not working

16th December 2005

Not since Rubik's Cube has there been a fad more time-consuming and pointless than networking. But, as our Stockholm Syndrome correspondent discovers, everyone's at it.

Nothing private about property

9th December 2005

Sweden's property fad comes to the language class - giving our Stockholm Syndrome correspondent useful vocab for the bizarre experience of a Swedish apartment viewing.

Did you hear the one about the Swede?

2nd December 2005

Well, if you did, chances are it wasn't another Swede who told it. At an Anglo-Swedish wedding, our Stockholm Syndrome correspondent wonders why Swedes never tease each other.

It's not what you say...

25th November 2005's the way that you say it. That's our Stockholm Syndrome correspondent's conclusion after two new teachers' accents have very different effects on his Swedish class.

I want to grow old in Sweden

18th November 2005

If old age is when your descendents outnumber your friends, our Stockholm Syndrome correspondent finds that moving to a Swedish retirement home could be the way to stay young.

A clean sweep

11th November 2005

Clearing out junk from the apartment block cellar on a group cleaning day, our Stockholm Syndrome correspondent is surprised to rediscover the best of the Swedish spirit.

Men are the new women

4th November 2005

After considerable effort our Stockholm Syndrome correspondent realises that when it comes to appearance, he cannot hope to compete with the men of Sweden.

One beer please

28th October 2005

Ah, Sweden, where it's all for one and one for all, share and share alike - but as our Stockholm Syndrome correspondent discovers, don't expect to be bought a drink.

Teacher training

21st October 2005

There's shock for our Stockholm Syndrome correspondent's Swedish class this week as their popular teacher announces that he is moving on.

The anonymity of fame

13th October 2005

Obliviously bumping into celebrities left, right and centre, our Stockholm Syndrome correspondent concludes that there's no better place to be famous than Sweden.

Communication breakdown

6th October 2005

Our Stockholm Syndrome correspondent meets an Englishman who, despite one setback after another in the Swedish capital, just won't give up and go home.

Carpets and wood

29th September 2005

An immigrant with troublesome kids gives our Stockholm Syndrome correspondent her very own theory about what makes Stockholmers who they are.

The Waiting Game

22nd September 2005

Hopping from one queue to another, our Stockholm Syndrome correspondent discovers one good thing about bad service in Sweden: at least it's distributed fairly.

Together but slowly

15th September 2005

Film night at our Stockholm Syndrome correspondent's Swedish class and the choice of film, while Swedish to the core, is not appreciated by all the students.

Rush hour madness

8th September 2005

Our Stockholm Syndrome correspondent has a close call on one of the city's blue buses and finds out that Swedes on public transport have a more immediate fear than terrorism.

Young Swedes need to grow up

1st September 2005

From Anders Celsius to Carl von Linné, Swedes love to measure and categorise. But today's young Swedes measure how grown up they are by an intricate scoring system: adult points.


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