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For the love of a Swede

Charlotte West · 14 Feb 2012, 16:56

Published: 14 Feb 2012 16:56 GMT+01:00

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While dating in Sweden might come with its own kind of perils, if there's one thing that can be said about the Swedes, it's that they make great long-term partners.

More than a few of us have uprooted our lives on the other side of the world to join the growing ranks of love immigrants on these fair Swedish shores.

In fact, Migrationsverket reports that almost 18,000 residence permits were granted in 2011 to people in newly established relationships (married or living together less than two years) with Swedish citizens or others already living in Sweden.

That's a lot of Swedish love. We've asked several of our friends and contributors to weigh in: What do you love about your Swede?

“I am absolutely certain Fred has forgotten Valentine's Day. But then again, he is the kind of guy who brings me surprise presents throughout the year. I got a kiss and eggs for breakfast. What I love is that there is a lot of real love and consideration daily. Not a bunch of flowers followed by forgetfulness the rest of the year.” -Rupini

“I love that my Swede doesn't fall into the 'must buy roses' for Valentine's Day. That's not to say he hasn't done it. In fact one of the first Valentine's we spent here Johan came home with a gift and roses. He told me about a conversation that has transpired at work. His colleague asked him if he had bought flowers/gift etc. When Johan said no (he knows I'm not all that caught up with ceremony) the colleague scared the bejubus out of him telling him about how important the whole ritual of Valentines is for an American...so Johan played the safe card. He was so sweet.” -Beth

“I love how he can’t spell – chock instead of shock, djungle instead of jungle, causious instead of cautious, etc…And how he mixes up pear and peer and bear and beer, 'There have been sightings of brown beer in the forests in Dalarna'! I love that he can fix things – he can fix most things, computers, the house, electricity, water, tiling, gardening, the car. A real handyman. I love that he is so patient and loving. I love how he loves me and our two boys.” -Salza

“What I love about my Christina is that she’s so organized at whatever she undertakes… and that no dinner is complete without candles on the table!”

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“The particular Swedishness about my Swede – that he’s very lagom, that is, not into extremes, that he’s all about ordning och reda without being authoritarian about it, that he has that curious pessimistic optimism that is so very Swedish – these are some of the things I love about my Swede. Of course I love the things that are just him, that he’s so generous and full of charm, his sense of humour and his green eyes.” -Bert

Charlotte West (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

10:18 February 16, 2012 by EP
I love how my Swede is boring and passionless ... fantastic quality!
08:09 February 17, 2012 by Marc the Texan
My swede calls spiders - spindles, crumbs - crunches and clothes dryers - drumblers. I think she's subconsciously combining tumble dryer for that one. There are more, but those are a few.
19:58 February 17, 2012 by mcarroll1
I love my Swede because she is so beautiful inside and out. Because she has created herself to be such a wonderful person from a background that would have made a very different person for most of us in the same position. Simply incredible.
00:34 February 18, 2012 by biddi
I love my (boring) Swede's gorgeous blue eyes and gentle manner. Especially, I love his WISDOM. Notably, I love the efficient way he handles money - he's from Småland!

Jag älskar dig, Karl-Erik!
09:00 February 18, 2012 by Lauren200
I like her English accent, at times I just have to create weird conversations to listen to her talking for long... the accent just makes me happy.
13:17 February 18, 2012 by calebian22
I love that I have divorced my Swede.
22:57 February 19, 2012 by Bolinb
I love my Swede even though she was born in the Phillipines. But I am tired of the general racism of a country that thinks it is so open and great. She loves me with total devotion and is the most caring and warm person I have ever met. Hmmmmmm. Is that the Swede in her or the philipino in her.
09:31 February 22, 2012 by tgolan
Swedes are very hipacritacle there is rampant general racism while most Swedes think that Sweden is the least racist country in world, Swedes complain about American right wing extremism but the Swedish left is exactly like the Christan right in the US, they always , even when they are wrong, swedes always know better than everyone else, for the last 50 years Sweden has supporter one dictatorship after the other. but if you say that then you are ostracized. swedes do not like the truth, that the King has no cloths
23:31 February 23, 2012 by lady space
I'm a little late, but... I love that my Swede is silly and funny, thoughtful in the everyday ways, and would rather clean the kitchen than wait for me to do it. His blue eyes and gorgeous smile don't hurt. (Of course, we live in the States, but it doesn't make much difference to who we are.)
02:39 February 26, 2012 by TheWatchman

I agree with you 100% but this seems to be more of a relationship type of thing, not trying to suppress your freedom of speech but just saying :P

Also, I don't know any Swedish girls in Canada. Never met a single one.
11:54 February 28, 2012 by stevo1
My Swede is the most loving, non judgmental person I have ever met. It is unfortunate that some Swedes are racist, but i think this is the minority here, as most swedes i have met (in Sweden) are great people. She is also a great mother to our boy, very attentive and loving. I have moved to Sweden after spending 10 years in Australia with her (8 yrs married), and would move anywhere to be with her.
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