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#MySweden: ‘Malmö is a beating heart of food culture, arts and innovation’

The Local's readers take over our Instagram account to introduce each other to towns and neighbourhoods across Sweden. Today, Nathan Lloyd from Wales talks about life in Malmö.

#MySweden: 'Malmö is a beating heart of food culture, arts and innovation'
Nathan Lloyd. Photo: Private
How old are you and what do you normally spend your days doing?
 
I just turned 25 and usually, writing, cooking, gallivanting around Malmö/Skåne usually stopping for a loppis shop on the way!
 
But regularly I'm the Fika Guy för Creative Mornings: Malmö, I'm the head English tour guide for gourmet food tour company, Matkaravan, I run a monthly breakfast pop-up called Brekkieklubben and am involved with Best In Malmö and Malmotown's Malmö Influmates project.
 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

Malmö in the morning is just sublime! #MySweden Photo: @scandinathan

Ein Beitrag geteilt von The Local Sweden (@thelocalsweden) am Nov 10, 2018 um 1:06 PST

 
When and why did you move to your city/neighbourhood?
 
Myself and Tom, my partner, moved to Malmö from Swansea, Wales, in July 2017 because he got a job at an international school in Lund. We had visited Malmö three times previously, having visited Welsh mates here and over the bridge in Copenhagen. The 2016 Brexit referendum and the enactment of Article 50 was the catalyst to look for jobs in the region. It was always in our sights to live here but we thought we might try it in a few years time, so Brexit sped it up, somewhat.
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

I just realised, I haven't introduced myself fully yet. My name's Nathan (@scandinathan) and I live in the Sorgenfri area of Sweden's third largest city, Malmö with my partner, Tom (@jomtones / @jomtonesillustration) (to the left of me) who's also Welsh. We both come from Wales' second city, Swansea and moved here, together in July 2017 partly because we're Scandiphiles/ Nordic Nerds and party because of Brexit.?? We have been received by Malmö with open arms and have truly fallen in love with the place. It's a hub of innovation, good food and has easy access to Copenhagen and the rest of Europe. It is here where I've been able to hone my craft as a food writer, set up a breakfast pop-up, @brekkieklubben and newly made English guide for Gourmet food tour company, @matkaravanmalmo, as well as being the Fika guy for @malmo_cm. ?? Is there anything you'd like me to show you this week/ want to know about me? ??????? #MySweden

Ein Beitrag geteilt von The Local Sweden (@thelocalsweden) am Nov 10, 2018 um 8:33 PST

 
What do you love the most about your city/neighbourhood?
 
I love that for a city of just under 400,000, Malmö has approximately 177 nationalities, it's a beating heart of food culture, arts, innovation and across the bridge to Copenhagen.
 
 

What annoys you the most about your city/neighbourhood?

 
It's great but Malmö Stad have loads of cool initiatives and events etc in the summer, but nothing post New Year's Eve, when the grey dullness of Swedish winter hits. Hopefully it'll change and the city will introduce an event during that period, changing it top-down and if not I'm trying to start events that could change it bottom-up.
 
 
How should I spend a day in your city?
 
Going to one of the many great cafés here, seeing some art/design at our galleries/design centres (of which most are free!), soaking in the view of the Öresund and THE bridge, finding a bargain at one of Malmö's many loppis shops and finishing it off by trying a falafelrulle, Malmö's unofficial/official food.
 
 
What's a fun fact not everyone knows about your city/neighbourhood?
 
Malmö is a young city, almost half the population is under the age of 35.
 
 
You can follow Nathan Lloyd on Instagram here. Do you want to be The Local's next #MySweden Instagram takeover host? Click HERE to apply.

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STOCKHOLM

#MySweden: ‘If you were to come with me, we could bike and enjoy the nature’

For 22-year-old Antonio Tortorici, moving to Stockholm opened up an appreciation for the city's nature — including parks like Haga Park — and architecture.

#MySweden: 'If you were to come with me, we could bike and enjoy the nature'
Antonio Tortorici. Photo: Private
How old are you and what do you normally spend your days doing?
 
I am 22 years old, I live in Stockholm, close to Tekniska Högskolan and Valhallavägen. I am a student and a part-time employee, so I spend my days between the university and its library and working. I work for Aperitivo Stockholm, a new after-work event concept.
 
 
When and why did you move to your city/neighbourhood?
 
I moved here in September when I started my Masters program. Prior to that, I was living in Rome.
 
 
 
What do you love the most about your city/neighbourhood?
 
I love the elegant style of the old Swedish buildings. Close to where I live, there is a really good fika place, which is also close to a really old and tall church (Engelbrektskyrkan). I love having fika and walking around the neighbourhood. 
 
 
 
What annoys you the most about your city/neighbourhood?
 
Valhallavägen is a really traffic-congested street, so that tends to be a little annoying, The neighbourhood is otherwise great. 
 
 
How should I spend a day in your city/neighbourhood?
 
Fika firstfor sureand then head to Stockholm, where there are plenty of attractions like museums, Gröna Lund, etc. If you were to come with me, I would show you Haga Park, which is really close to where I live, and if it is not too cold, we could bike there and enjoy the nature, like the lake, trees and butterflies. In Haga Park there is a butterfly house. 
 
What's a fun fact not everyone knows about your city/neighbourhood?
 
Stockholm is even called the Venice of the north due to its amazing buildings, numerous bridges, and water canals. Maybe that’s why I like it so much…because I don’t feel so far away from home!
 
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