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Posted by: Sethandra 22.Jan.2009, 06:01 AM


I was wondering if there was anybody on here from Norrköping (or Linköping).
Would be interesting to know.

Tack biggrin.gif

Posted by: storstark 22.Jan.2009, 04:35 PM

ahem... okay so i'm a minority, but i'll say it proudly... i live in norrköping

Posted by: Sethandra 23.Jan.2009, 01:34 PM

Hej storstark

Couldn't see you through all the people crowding the thread. laugh.gif biggrin.gif

Posted by: storstark 24.Jan.2009, 08:57 AM

are you as... underwhelmed... as i am living in this city? what brings you here sethandra? my wife's family is here... i'm a kiwi... there is another kiwi here in norrköping too... we tend to drink excessively around once a month or so :twisted:

Posted by: Sethandra 26.Jan.2009, 10:09 AM

Give it up for Norrköping! (or not biggrin.gif)
I moved here 3 months ago, from Oxford in the UK, to live with my boyfriend. Its been a bit of a life overhaul but gradually getting settled in.
I find Norrköping a bit of a strange city though. I live in on the outskirts so don't really have much to do with the centre. Haha, I haven't even been out for a drink yet! ohmy.gif Shock horror!

Posted by: kerostarfx 26.Jan.2009, 11:14 AM

I live in Linköping biggrin.gif

Posted by: lornanders 29.Jan.2009, 03:08 PM

Hej Sethandra
Welcome to Norrköping,just read your post and know exactly how you are feeling,i was in the same situation last year.Anyway i also live outside Norrköping so if you need some company you can holla at me.After some time everything will be okay believe,just take it easy

Posted by: storstark 29.Jan.2009, 09:16 PM

hej sethandra

i have an ex (and good friend) living in oxford... it's nice city a city with heritage & a majority of buldngs not pulled down in the 60s and replaced with cold war boxes

it's difficult making friends here in norrköping though... i study swedish at komvux, but us english speakers are thin there... looking forward to retraining at liu later on... but even then i'm a guy in his 30s so it's a bit tough... my wife is finding it difficult too, she hasn't lived here in over 10 years since she left high school and old friends have kids and settled 'never left town' lives... to tell you the truth i would and could never go back to live in my hold home town... at least europe (even norrköping) has a quaintness smalltown nz cannot grasp... i just wish the food and events were a little better

on that note, if you like good coffee try the te & kaffe kompaniet, there's one at knappingsborg... i recommend the fair trade ethiopian

Posted by: Sethandra 30.Jan.2009, 06:58 AM

Hej lornanders and kerostarfx. It's nice to know that there are others in town (and it's twin ofcourse biggrin.gif )

Oxford is indeed a very beautiful city. I do miss it's "Dreaming Spires". So many beautiful things to see. History is one of my biggest loves so having lived in a city with so much of it, I was in my element. laugh.gif

I have noticed the lack of English speakers in Norrköping. I am lucky that my other-half's English is superb and that of our friends. But sometimes I do feel a bit isolated but I know that will only get better with time and will improve as I get a better understanding of the language. I am still waiting for my residencey permit so am not "offically" studying Swedish but I have a friend who is a budding language teacher so she is teaching me. I can understand more than I can speak, which is good, but learning more and more each day.

I do love good coffee so I will probably go and investigate the coffee place you have recommended. Mmm... coffee biggrin.gif

Posted by: storstark 30.Jan.2009, 07:15 AM if you feel like some english speaking company biggrin.gif

okay, so i'm a colonial... but beggers can't be choosers laugh.gif

Posted by: kerostarfx 30.Jan.2009, 09:05 AM

Hej Sethandra and Storstark!

You all should sign up for Swedish at LiU, there are people of all ages in my course right now...ok maybe 20s and 30s is the average. The best part about it is that it's free, with only a 240 (+/-) kronor student union fee.

There's also a neat Master's program that just opened up for the fall--Scandinavian studies where you get to study a semester in different Nordic countries, it seems pretty cool...but I'm already enrolled in a different one sad.gif

There are a few English folks studying out here at LiU...and well if you're ever down in Linköping, every Tuesday is International Student Night at the HG student pub!

Posted by: storstark 30.Jan.2009, 09:35 AM

hej kerostarfx

tsm for the tips! i thought the swedish was only for those english speakers currently studying other programs at liu... so i went the komvux route which was easier in process but a little bogged down... swedish for english speakers should be a subject on its own... wasting two hours of your life on learning when to use capital letters is not fun

will look into the course... cheers

ps, at the risk of starting a war (shouldn't happen due to the finite number of responses to the thread) i have to say that my heart is in linköping... i like it... the buildings are less cold war, there's no traffic in the centre... it's quiet and has a more open, cosmopolitan feel to it than here in Sverige's Manchester...

Posted by: Sethandra 30.Jan.2009, 01:59 PM

Tack kerostarfx. I will have a look at the LiU website to see what further info it can give me. biggrin.gif

I haven't yet ventured to Linköping. I know its only a short bus journey away from Norrköping but its just finding the time and the oppertunity to drag my otherhalf away from work and his computer. laugh.gif But I suppose I should really get around to making the trip at some point.

Tack for the e-mail addy storstark. Mine's if anyone fancies dropping me a line. smile.gif

Posted by: Sasselass 30.Jan.2009, 04:18 PM

Hello from Norrköping. I have been here, in Sweden, for 6 months now. Originally from the U.S...still getting use to all the differences and new experiences.


Posted by: Bettyinsweden 30.Jan.2009, 08:36 PM

I lived in Klockaretorpet from 2000 until June 2008. My reaction to Komvux was exactly the same as yours. Perhaps a little stronger-as I am originally from "Da Bronx"
I did not have any problems with speaking English in the shops downtown. But then I am an old gray haired lady and people wondered what I was doing here.
There is the Symphony, movies, programs at the library and the free bus to the boats to Åland.
Norrköping is more for families (my guess-)than young people. It will soon be summer and you can explore.

Posted by: Sethandra 2.Feb.2009, 09:41 AM

I was just wondering how easy (or hard) people found it finding work in Norrköping. I'm having great difficulty in doing so. My CV isn't too bad but there just doesn't seem to be any work here. I know that this is a common thing in the whole of the country but I can't even find a little job just to make a bit of money. It's driving me crazy!

Posted by: naief 1.Oct.2010, 06:26 PM

HEy ...its good to see so many ppl from norrkoping ...i came here just a month ago...nd found it quite difficult to make frends...coz everyones is so busy in their own lives!!!!

And i wana know if anybody have information about part time jobs...???


Posted by: Daza69 27.Mar.2011, 05:39 PM

Hi guys! Im an Englishman living in Norrköping (Vilbergen) I have lived in Sweden for nearly five years (most of them in Linköping) am definitely up for meeting English speaking people here :-)

Posted by: jennachambers 28.Jan.2012, 05:15 PM


I just moved to Norrkoping a few weeks ago. Are any of you guys still here? I've met a couple of nice Swedes since moving here but am always on the lookout for more people to get to know. I'm 25 and my boyfriend and I moved here with his job - he's working a LOT so I'm trying to find some people to hang out with and maybe do a bit of exploring?

Posted by: samanthajodie 7.Feb.2012, 11:03 AM


I have also moved to Norrkoping a few weeks ago. I am 24 and have moved with my boyfriend, but as he is Swedish I am finding it hard to meet English speaking people.

Posted by: Rick Methven 7.Feb.2012, 11:10 AM

Did you move here to be with your Swedish boyfriend or to meet English speaking people?

This is Sweden and surprise surprise the vast majority happen to speak Swedish

Posted by: jennachambers 7.Feb.2012, 11:28 AM

Hi Samantha.

It's difficult to learn a new language - we only found out we were coming to Sweden about 3 weeks before we arrived so my Swedish is non-existent at the moment! I've found almost everyone can speak at least a little English if you are very apologetic about your lack of Swedish!

If you're up for meeting up, I'd be happy to. Drop me an email - and we can go for a coffee or something?

Posted by: ClaireHoney 7.Feb.2012, 12:12 PM

Hi Jenna & Samantha & any others still on the thread...

My name is Claire (27) and I am also currently living in Norrkoping with my Swedish boyfriend... I came over from London just last week to look for jobs etc. I was going to come on here today to check if there was still any English natives here in Norrkoping (as the topic started years ago) so it was a nice surprise to see your posts today!

It would be great to meet up with anyone for a drink/coffee sometime this week or next? My e-mail address is


Posted by: samanthajodie 7.Feb.2012, 02:15 PM

Ofcourse I moved here to be with my boyfriend and I am actually registered on a course to learn Swediah that starts next week, but at the same time it is also nice to meet people who are going through the same experiences as you are.

Posted by: baboonga 7.Feb.2012, 09:08 PM

I'm studying at Linköping University in Norrköping. biggrin.gif
Just moved here for only 5 months.

This week is the starting week for my swedish beginner course. Hope everything goes smooth for learning new language. biggrin.gif

Nice to meet you all. smile.gif

Posted by: floor 9.Mar.2012, 01:53 PM

heejje! to all the english speaking here!

i admit, i am not english.. but i do speak english biggrin.gif I'm from Holland, 25 years old and going to move to Norrkoping this June.
My swedish boyfriend starts his job in Norrkoping (so i'm in the same situation as some of you guys i guess)
i know it's 3 more months before i'm in Norrkoping, but i would definitaly like to meet up with some ofyou this summer.

oh and for the record (just to be sure): i'm a female > i know floor is weird as a name in any other country than Holland smile.gif

hej då!!

Posted by: samanthajodie 9.Mar.2012, 03:08 PM

Hi Floor

I will still be in Norrkoping in June and would be more than happy to meet up if you are interested?

Posted by: floor 13.Mar.2012, 02:33 PM

He Samantha,

I sent you a message. Floor

Posted by: deaninsweden 13.Mar.2012, 08:23 PM

I've met with Jenna a few times and her boyfriend. Really nice people!

I am here if anyone fancies a coffee/beer.

Posted by: Richie35 22.Mar.2012, 11:17 AM

Hi All,

My family and I are hoping to move to Norrköping from Ireland in June of this year. I'm 40 years old and we have 2 kids, a boy 13 and a girl 9. My wife is from Norrköping and have been going over a couple of times a year for the last 18 years. I would love to meet up with some English speaking people for coffee/drinks when we get there. Are there any Irish people living in Norrköping? It would be nice to hear from anyone out there.


Posted by: danielastanica 8.Apr.2012, 11:33 AM

Hello everybody, I am Dani, currently a student in Scotland-Aberdeen, and I am coming in Norrkoping this August as an Erasmus Student at Linkoping University. I will be living in Norrkoping.
Believe me, I am completely terrified by this change and I was actually almost to refuse the offer. I should stay for 5 months there, until middle of January.
My problem it's that opposed to all of you who are there with their boyfriends,mine it's going to remain in Scotland and we should live far away from each other for 5 months, which is scarry.
I have never been in Sweden before and I have no idea what to expect.I am now looking for anything which could encourage me to come in Norrkoping and make me realise that it's worthed leaving my boyfriend behind.
All of you were more interested in how to find a job and I couldn't really find a discussion which was answering my questions. I am rather interested in finding out how it's the life there, what opportunities does that city offers you or any nice things about Norrkoping and why someone should like living there.

I would really appreciate if someone can encourage me in any ways and also, if someone it's thinking that it's not worthed coming, to say it. Me and my boyfriend agreed that we should be fine living away for a while but also, that there are more chances in something going wrong and breaking up, than if I would continue living in Scotland with him.

I am sorry that I had to write a lot, but I've felt that my situation was a little bit different. If there are any other students here, it would be great to enter in contact with them. Anyway, anyone who can help me with any suggestions and describe me the life in Norrkoping,I would be really grateful to them because at this point my level of information about that city it's 0.I would also love making friends in advance, bucause I've got really scared when hearing that some of you found it difficult making friends there.

Many thanks,

Posted by: GroRez 18.Apr.2012, 08:32 PM

Hello to you people of Norrköping!

Discovered a few days ago this forum, how nice to see there are english speaking people around here!

My name's Yoann, I'm a bit younger compared to you, 23,and it's been 2 years and a half now that I live in Sweden; started in Stockholm and came to Norrköping last October for my job.
I have to admit it was a bit hard to get through the winter here alone despite one friend I knew was from here, but since January I really started enjoying this city.

I live very close to Knäppingsborg, in front of the Black Lion Inn for those who know smile.gif It's very nice to live in the center, most of the bars are accessible within minutes smile.gif

Although now I really would like to meet some more people to hang out for couple beers! Now I live alone as my girlfriend is from Japan and her visa application to live with me is ongoing. Damn slow Migrationverket...

If you'd like to, contact me at


Posted by: chrisdas79 16.Jul.2012, 09:22 AM

Hi Dani,

I moved to Sweden about a month back so I can totally understand your fear. I am in Norrkoping too. I moved here to be with my girlfriend. Its a quiet little town and it can be tricky to make Swedish friends. They are a little reserved - But they're by no means unfriendly. They just take time to warm up. Don't worry. Im sure you'll be fine. I will be glad to help out if you need some pointers or something - I could always ask my girlfriend smile.gif. I moved here from India so you can imagine the change in culture for me - but all in all, I'd say its a lovely place to be.

Hope you're not worrying too much.

Take care,

Posted by: eaor 16.Jul.2012, 02:13 PM

Hi Dani (and everyone else who is still in Norrköping),

Like you I am Scottish and moved to Norrköping in April to start a job. Ok it is not a cosmopolitan big city (I moved from Glasgow) but has pretty much everything you need on a daily basis. Also if you like outdoor activities or even just running there are great forests really close by. I have met people through work and also by joining a running club and swimming class but as with moving anywhere it takes a while to build a social network.

I would say you should definitely take the opportunity to experience life abroad and outside Scotland as it will widen your horizons. If you have any questions or need any help just let me know and would be happy to meet up although you might need to hold back on the Doric for a lowlander like me ;-)

Posted by: deaninsweden 16.Jul.2012, 04:01 PM

I am still here in NPKG but will be moving apartment in a few months. Happy to meet another Scot if you are ever at a loose end smile.gif or anyone else new for that matter. Know my way around this city fairly well now!


Posted by: comedia78 31.Jul.2013, 10:41 AM


I just got married to an english guy from York who moved here, Norrköping, in January. He loves life here but would love to meet other english people living here. Anyone feel like a beer or fika with us in either Norrköping or Linköping?

Posted by: Raindear 8.Nov.2013, 11:24 PM

Sounds good to me smile.gif

Posted by: sherp 4.Feb.2014, 05:08 PM

Hello everyone! Anyone else from this thread (or anyone else at all) still living in Norrk

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