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

It's a good idea to go out and socialize during the dark Scandinavian winter. But where to go? Here's an overview of events taking place for English speakers in Sweden for February 2020.

WHAT'S ON: Events for English-speakers in Sweden in February
Looking for a fun activity to brighten up February? Priscilla du Preez / Unsplash

STOCKHOLM

English Debate Club

Where: Cafe Dox, Stora Nygatan 31, Gamla Stan, 111 27

When: February 4th, 6pm – 8pm

Event by: The English Debate Club

The English Debate Club in Stockholm is a place where people can improve their English language and debating skills. Native English speakers who would like to brush up on their debating skills are also welcome. The event is free to attend.

Spanish tapas gastronomic workshop

Where: Ekhagsvägen 44, Östermalm

When: February 4th, 10am – 1:30pm

Event by: Anna Fernandez

Are you looking for some sunlight in the dark Swedish winter? Dive into the Mediterranean cuisine during this cooking workshop where you'll get started with Spanish tapas. Among other things, Spanish artichokes, tortilla and prawns are on the menu, and tickets are 950 kronor. 

Architecture, Food trends and Microgreens seminar 

Where:   Gärdesgatan 14, Stockholm 
 

When: February 6th, 5pm – 9pm

Event by: Istituto Italiano di Cultura Stoccolma

The Italian Trade Agency is organizing a seminar about sustainability, social engagement and the new shape of local production in the food industry. The event is part of the Stockholm Design Week, running from February 3rd to 9th. Anyone interested in developments in sustainable food production is welcome at the Italian Cultural Institute.

Workshop: What You Need to Thrive As a Freelancer and Entrepreneur

Where: Frey's Hotel Lilla Radmannen, Rådmansgatan 67

When: February 13th, 3.30pm – 5pm

Event by: Supreneur

For many people, the freedom of working as a freelancer is a dream. But what do you need to make your start as a freelancer or entrepreneur a success? This workshop promises to give you the necessary knowledge and tools to create a flying start with your projects. The events costs 120 kronor plus VAT per person.

How To Fall In Love, an improvised romantic comedy

Where: Pygméteatern, Vegagatan 17, 113 29 

When: February 14th and 15th

Event by: Half the Group

The show 'How to Fall in Love' is billed as “a romantic comedy that has never been seen before”. The performance is improvised and based on suggestions from the audience. Enjoy a Valentine's celebration with a difference at the Pygméteatern. Tickets are 200 kronor.

Old School Recreational Dodgeball

Where: Location available after registration

When: February 15th, 2pm – 4pm

Event by: Sport Friends Stockholm

Sport is a good way to meet new people in Sweden, and dodgeball may be familiar to you from school. It's a ball game where players from two different teams try to throw balls at each other while preventing them from being hit themselves. If you get hit, you're out. Attendance costs 50 kronor to cover the cost of venue hire.

Milo Edwards: Pindos

Where: Bacchi´s Pub och Restaurang, 5 Järntorgsgatan, 111 29 Södermalm

When: February 10th, 8pm – 10pm

Event by: Milo Edwards

Comedian Milo Edwards is taking his award-winning comedy show 'Pindos' to the Swedish capital. The show is about his experiences with living in Russia, where he “became a Russian TV star, got arrested in deepest Russia and discovered what happens when a country is run by a shirtless man on a horse”. Buy tickets via the Eventbrite site.

MALMÖ

Joe Eagan presents: Malmö English Comedy Night

Where: Scandic Triangeln, Triangeln 2, 211 43

When: February 7th, 8pm – 10pm

Event by: English Comedy Malmö

This event marks the start of a new season of English Comedy Night at Scandic Triangeln. This show welcomes acts Stephen Carlin (Scotland) and Rahul Kohli (UK). Tickets cost 175 kronor for early bird tickets and 195 kronor for regular tickets.

LUND

Start your own business

Where: Ekska Huset, Sankt Petri Kyrkogata 4, Lund

When: February 6th, 1pm – 5pm

Event by: International Citizens Hub Lund

During this event Åsa Ohlsson from Coompanion Skåne and Helén Forssander from Lund Nyföretagarcentrum tell you all the ins and outs around starting your own business. What do you need to start your own company? And how to achieve success and build a network? You can join the event for free, but registration is compulsory.

Visit to Lund Cathedral

Where: Lund Cathedral, Kyrkogatan 4, Lund

When: February 21th, 10am – 11am

Event by: International Citizens Hub Lund

Did you know the cathedral in Lund is the most visited church in Sweden? The medieval building attracts over 700,000 visitors per year. The International Citizens Hub Lund is organizing a guided tour to this historic site. The event is free of charge, but you do have to register to attend.

UPPSALA

Philosophy reading group: Essays in Love – Alain de Botton

Where: Svartbäcksgatan 19, 753 32 Uppsala

When: February 12th, 7pm – 8.30pm

Event by: Uppsala English Bookshop

The English Bookshop in Uppsala hosts several themed book clubs. This time the philosophy reading group is reading 'Essays in Love' by Alain de Botton. It costs 60 kronor for tea and cake, plus an extra 165 kronor if you want to buy the book. The event starts at 7pm, signing up for the event is possible by either dropping by the shop or contacting them via Facebook.

HELSINGBORG

International Coffee Morning

Where: Cafe Birger – Bollbrogatan 1, 252 25 Helsingborg

When: February 11th, 9am – 10.30pm

Event by: Helsingborg International Connections

The International Coffee Morning in Helsingborg is a place to meet new friends and learn more about Helsingborg. The event is hosted every month at the library cafe near Stadsparken. Helsingborg International Connections organizes English-speaking events for the local international community more often and is available for anyone with questions about living, working and studying in Helsingborg.

LINKÖPING

Bear With Me comedy show

Where: Ågatan 39, 582 22 

When: February 13th, 8pm – 10pm

Event by: New York Legends

Three international comedians from Israel, Croatia and Russia join their forces at New York Legends in Linköping. The very well-reviewed show is about relationships, politics and the mysterious “Russian soul”. Tickets are 120 kronor online or 150 kronor (cash) at the door.

UMEÅ

Thursday meetup and afterwork at a pub

Where: O'Learys – Skolgatan 64D

When: Thursday February 13th, 6pm – 8pm

Event by: Umeå Language & Culture Exchange

A meetup at a pub is always a good idea. The group 'Language & Culture Exchange' brings together native and non-native speakers of many different languages in the northern town of Umeå. Students, immigrants, expats or travellers are all welcome to join at the pub O'Learys at Skolgatan.

GOTHENBURG

Yin Yoga in English

Where: Karl Johansgatan 84, 41455

When: Tuesday February 11th, 6.45pm – 7.30pm

Event by: Mindful Yoga

For those who need to become completely zen, you can go to Yin Yoga in Gothenburg. The lessons are taught in English. During the 75 min class, the focus will be on gaining flexibility and mobility and developing a habit of listening to your body.

Friday afterwork at Yaki Da

Where: Yaki-Da – Storgatan 47

When: Friday February 21th, 7pm – 1.30pm

Event by: Göteborg Expat Group

The Gothenburg Expats group organizes weekly events for internationals in the Swedish port city. The Friday afterwork is organized in the 'Yaki Da' pub. There is free pizza and drinks are half price 10pm.

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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/imagebank.sweden.se

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

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

Hisingen

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

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

Skärgården

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.

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