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WHAT’S ON: Events for English-speakers in Sweden in December

Here's our list of events geared towards English-speakers taking place across Sweden during December. If you have any that you'd like us to add to next month's guide, please let us know.

WHAT'S ON: Events for English-speakers in Sweden in December
The Local's Book Club is one of the events taking place in December. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Are you interested in more Christmas-related events? Click here for a list of 20 of Sweden's best Christmas markets.


Stockholm Green Drinks

Where: Openlab Coworking Space, Valhallavägen 79

When: December 3rd, 6pm-9pm 

Event by: Urban Beings/Stockholm Green Drinks

Green Drinks is a free monthly informal social for people interested in green issues. This month we will get ready for Christmas by upcycling some Christmas decorations, cards and gifts. Not feeling creative? No problem, you're welcome to join us, have a drink and a chat! Vegan refreshment and materials will be provided free of charge. Red and white wine available for 15 kronor contribution per glass. RSVP on Facebook or Eventbrite.

Work Permits for Startups – Know & Grow Afterwork

Where: We Work, Regeringsgatan 29

When: December 4th, 5pm

Event by: Diversify Foundation

New laws, new rulings, new systems, new opportunities, new talent, new work permit? “How do we do it right?!” is something the Diversify Foundation hears from a lot of great startups. The Local is proud to be involved as a media partner of this event, which will help explain to startup employers what the law is, how to follow it, and how to deal with the bottle-necks. There's also free beer and cider on tap. Register here.

The Local Sweden's Book Club

Where: English Bookshop, Södermalm

When: December 12th, 6-8pm

Event by: The Local

Come and mingle with other international bookworms at our fifth and final Book Club event in Stockholm. It's not a requirement to read the book beforehand, so if you'd like to come along and chat about any of our previous books, or just to meet some new people, you're very welcome to join. The event is free but places are limited, so please sign up to secure your spot.

A Christmas for everyone

Where: Quality Hotel Globe

When: December 18th, 5-8pm (the dance begins at 7pm)

Event by: Nema Problema

Nema Problema is hosting a Christmas event where everyone is invited. There will be traditional activities, such as dance around the Christmas tree, Christmas decorations and Christmas gifts to all the kids. More importantly, during a Christmas fika Kompisbyrån is going to match people who want to practise their Swedish language skills and meet new friends. The event is free but space is limited. Register here.


Christmas Mingle

Where: Sankt Petri Kyrkogata 4, Lund

When: December 6th, 4-6pm

Event by: International Citizen Hub Lund

The International Citien Hub Lund is inviting internationals, colleagues, collaborators and speakers to a drop-in Christmas mingle, to celebrate the year that's been. Traditional Swedish mulled wine will be served along with something sweet to nibble on. The event is open and there is no need to register.

Level up – Demo Day

Where: Storm Malmö University, Citadellsvägen 7, Malmö

When: December 6th, 11.30am-1pm

Event by: Drivhuset Malmö

Save the date and join Drivhuset Malmö for the Demo Day of their pre incubator Level Up. The students have been working together once a week for 10 weeks and on the 6th of December they celebrate the end of this term with a lunch mingle at Storm. Hear the participants final pitch and new experience. 

Kitchen Table Talks

Where: Condeco, Södra Tullgatan 4, Malmö

When: December 7th, 10.30am-noon

Event by: Democrats Abroad

Are you interested in getting together to talk about US policy? Democrats Abroad is getting a head start on their platform process by asking members to send in their opinions on platform topics. Would you like to meet up for what they're calling Kitchen Table Talks to discuss a few of these topics, for example climate, economy, equal rights, immigration, healthcare and taxation. RSVP to attend.

FFP Retropolis – 20's NYE Masquerade

Where: Nalen, Regeringsgatan 74

When: New Year's Eve, December 31st, 10pm-3am

Event by: Fräulein Frauke Presents by Bichard Studios

Fräulein Frauke Presents Retropolis – a retro, glittering, decadent New Year's Eve masquerade party taking inspiration from the Roaring 20s and the dystopian classic Metropolis. There will be amazing international cabaret, burlesque, drag and circus, live music, dancing on two dance floors, mingle, count down, sing-a-long, best dressed competition and surprises. Stockholm's original and most spectacular vintage inspired live club.


Briefing for UK Nationals

Where: Hörsalen, Länsstyrelsen Västra Götaland, Stora Badhusgatan 2B, Gothenburg

When: December 3rd, 5.30-7pm

Event by: British Embassy Stockholm

Her Majesty's Ambassador H.E. Ms Judith Gough will be hosting a Townhall Meeting for Brits in Sweden. Ambassador Gough will be joined by representatives from Swedish government agencies, who will take questions on citizen's rights. Places are limited so please be sure to register to attend. Admission is free.

Into the unknown: Uncertainty, risk and opportunity

Where: Svenska Mässan, Gothenburg

When: December 9th, 10am-4pm

Event by: Nobel Prize

The 2019 Nobel Week Dialogue will discuss how we deal with what we do not know and accept that there are things we cannot know. Join Nobel Laureates and other experts for a day of discussions on risk, uncertainty and opportunity. Registration is closed, but you can sign up for the waiting list here.


Game Breakfast

Where: Laboratorgränd 7, Skellefteå

When: December 11th, 8.30am-9.30am

Event by: Arctic Game Lab

Every two weeks, Arctic Game Lab offers what they say is the world's best breakfast in Skellefteå's most cozy environment. Come and eat, play and mingle. If you are lucky then maybe they will have a secret guest. Free breakfast.

Dodgeball Tournament

Where: Samhällsvetarhuset, Umeå

When: December 14th, noon-3pm

Event by: HHUS (Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics student association)

It is time for HHUS' last GET GAME this year, so all members are invited to their own Dodgeball tournament. Anyone can apply to join this event, but those who don't have an IKSU membership have to pay an entry fee of 170 kronor. If you and your friends are interested, read more about how to sign up here

Do you know of events for English-speakers around Sweden? Submit your January event here BEFORE December 22nd to get it included in next month's What's On guide on The Local.

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Moving to Gothenburg? The best areas and neighbourhoods to live in

Whether you're moving to Sweden’s second biggest city for the first time or are looking for another neighbourhood, The Local talks you through some of your best options.

Moving to Gothenburg? The best areas and neighbourhoods to live in
Which neighbourhood of Sweden's second city is right for you? Photo: Per Pixel Petersson/

First of all: where to look? The city of Gothenburg suggests on its website that sublets, houses and townhouses to rent all across West Sweden can be found on Blocket, a popular digital marketplace (in Swedish).

Other alternatives for rentals include the sites Bostaddirekt, Residensportalen and Findroommate, as well as Swedish websites like Hyresbostad and Andrahand. Note that some of the housing sites charge a subscription or membership fee. There are also Facebook groups where accommodation is advertised. An example in English is Find accommodation in Goteborg!.

If you’re buying, most apartments and houses for sale in Gothenburg and West Sweden can be seen on the websites Hemnet and Booli. Local newspapers often have property listings. Real estate agents (mäklare) can also help you find a place.

Majorna on a hot summer’s day. Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall/TT


Majorna is a residential area in Gothenburg that has transformed from being a classic working-class district to becoming a hip and restaurant-dense cultural hub in Gothenburg. The buildings typical for Majorna are three storey buildings with the first storey built in stone and the topmost two built with wood — the houses traditionally called Landshövdingehus. This neighbourhood just west of the city center, beautifully positioned between the river Göta älv and the park Slottsskogen, is hugely popular with young families.

Majorna was traditionally populated with industrial workers and dockers. The area is still supposed to have a strong working-class identity, with many people living in Majorna seeing themselves as radical, politically aware, and having an ‘alternative lifestyle’.

This doesn’t mean, however, that one can live in Majorna on a shoestring. The average price per square meter here is approximately 55,000 kronor as of May 2021, according to Hemnet.

Eriksberg on Hisingen. Photo: Erik Abel/TT


From the centre of Gothenburg it’s only a short bus or tram ride across the river to Hisingen. It’s Sweden’s fifth largest island – after Gotland, Öland, Södertörn and Orust – and the second most populous. Hisingen is surrounded by the Göta älv river in the south and east, the Nordra älv in the north and the Kattegat in the west.

The first city carrying the name Gothenburg was founded on Hisingen in 1603. The town here, however, was burned down by the Danes in 1611 during the so-called Kalmar War and the only remnant is the foundation of the church that stood in the city centre.

Hisingen housed some of the world’s largest shipyards until the shipyard crisis of the 1970s. Over the last 20 years, the northern bank of the Göta älv has undergone major expansion. Residential areas, university buildings and several industries (including Volvo) have largely replaced the former shipyards.

Hisingen comprises many different neighbourhoods — Kvillebäcken, Backa and Biskopsgården are only some examples. At Jubileumsparken in Frihamnen, an area bordering the Göta älv, there is a public open-air pool and a spectacular sauna. Further inland you’ll find the beautiful Hisingsparken, the largest park in Gothenburg.

Apartment prices are still relatively low in certain parts of Hisingen, while the housing market in other neighbourhoods is booming. The average metre-squared price on Hisingen lies around 41,000 kronor.


Gamlestaden or the Old Town was founded as early as 1473, 200 years before Gothenburg’s current city centre was built. You can take a seven-minute tram ride towards the northeast to this upcoming district (popularly known as ‘Gamlestan’) which, like Majorna, is characterised by the original Landshövdingehus in combination with an international atmosphere.

What was once an industrial centre, mostly the factory of bearing manufacturer SKF, is now rapidly turning into something new, as restaurants and vintage shops move into the old red-brick factory buildings.

The multicultural neighbourhood is also close to the famous Kviberg’s marknad (market) and Bellevue marknad, where you can buy everything from exotic fruits and vegetables to second-hand clothes, electronics and curiosa.

The Gamlestaden district is developing and should become a densely populated and attractive district with new housing, city shopping and services. In the future, twice as many inhabitants will live here compared to today, according to Stadsutveckling Göteborg (City development Gothenburg). Around 3,000 new apartments should be built here in the coming years. The current price per metre squared in Gamlestaden is 46,000 kronor.

Södra Skärgården. Photo: Roger Lundsten/TT


It might not be the most practical, but it probably will be the most idyllic place you’ll ever live in: Gothenburg’s northern or southern archipelago (skärgården). With a public bus or tram you can get from the city centre to the sea and from there, you hop on a ferry taking you to one of many picturesque islands just off the coast of Gothenburg.

There are car ferries from Hisingen to the northern archipelago. Some of the islands here are also connected by bridges. The southern archipelago can be reached by ferries leaving from the harbour of Saltholmen.

Gothenburg’s southern archipelago has around 5,000 permanent and another 6,000 summer residents. The archipelago is completely car free and transportation is carried out mostly by means of cycles, delivery mopeds and electrical golf carts.

Most residences here are outstanding — wooden houses and cottages, big gardens — and always close to both nature and sea. Finding somewhere to live, however, is not necessarily easy. Some people rent out their summer houses during the other three seasons. When buying a house here (the average price being 5.5 million kronor) you have to be aware that living in a wooden house on an exposed island often comes with a lot of renovating and painting.