#MySweden: ‘Stockholm is a constantly developing city’

#MySweden: 'Stockholm is a constantly developing city'
Panagiotis Maragozidis is impressed by Stockholm's bike lanes and parks, but less excited by the 'endless' winter. Photo: Private
Every week one of The Local's readers takes over our Instagram account. Today Panagiotis Maragozidis from Greece shows us his Stockholm.

How old are you and what do you normally spend your days doing?

I am almost 33 years old, and I work as a postdoctoral researcher at the Karolinska Institutet. As expected, this means that I spend most of my time at work, but in my free time I like to cook, explore Stockholm, and practice photography.





We've almost reached the weekend, and a creative way to get out of your apartment during the cold Swedish winter is to visit some museums! Luckily, Stockholm has some very interesting museums, including the Historiska museet, Moderna museet, Tekniska museet, Nordiska museet, and National museet, while some of them are unique like the Vasa and the Skansen. In Stockholm you can even visit the City Hall which is one of a kind – and personal favorite, with the Golden Hall that hosts the ball after the Nobel Banquet, and a marvelous hand-drawn ceiling in the city council room. Are you convinced yet? Photos 1&2. @panikoulis_m riding a Dala horse,and chatting with a reindeer in Skansen. Photos 3&4.The ceiling of the city council hall, and the Golden Hall of Stockholm's city hall. #MySweden #TheLocalSweden #Stockholm #museum #winter

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When and why did you move to your city/neighborhood?

I came to Stockholm last March to work, and actually this is the first time I've ever lived outside Greece!

Stockholm was one of the cities that I wanted to visit and work in, so after the completion of my PhD I found a job opening at the Karolinska Institutet, and applied for it. In Stockholm, I live in Bromma, a quiet neighborhood very close to the city center and to my workplace, which is very important in a big city like this.

What do you love the most about your city/neighborhood?

There are so many things I love in this city that I’m afraid a paragraph is not enough. To begin with, it’s fantastic that there are so many parks and green spaces in general all over Stockholm. Also, Lake Mälaren embraces the city, creating a unique landscape.

Regarding infrastructure, Stockholm is a constantly developing city, where everyone is familiar with new technologies, and everyone speaks English. Finally, I could not fail to mention the bike lanes that are literally everywhere.

What annoys you the most about your city/neighborhood?

I think the only thing that I found annoying is the endless winter, but I guess we can’t have everything in this life!

How should I spend a day in your city/neighborhood?

First thing's first, one day is not enough; you need to spend at least three days! One of the first things I did when I moved to Stockholm was a city tour, where you can explore the city center within a couple of hours.

I would also recommend a visit to some of the numerous museums like Skansen, Vasa, and the Swedish History Museum. Gamla Stan, and Stockholm’s City Hall are a must, and then depending on the season you can either go for a picnic in a park during summer, or try cross country skiing during winter.

What's a fun fact not everyone knows about your city/neighborhood?

I don’t know how fun this is, but nine out of Stockholm's ten richest neighborhoods are located in Bromma, although I’m not anywhere close to being considered rich!

Follow Panagiotis Maragozidis on Instagram here and The Local Sweden here. Do you want to be The Local's next #MySweden Instagram takeover host? Click HERE to apply.


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