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Lakeland UK ship to Sweden as I have bought things from them before. Great thing is, is that they have one flat shipping fee no matter what you buy!
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Luckily for me, my doctor has now prescribed what I need as my blood tests show that I actually really do need it!!! YIPPPEEEEEE

Why is has taken months and months of me telling him I need it is another matter...

Happy days!
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Posted on: 26.May.2014, 01:19 PM





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Hi
Different medication that can be taken on its own or in combination with what I am on now which is a treatment for what I have. I don't really want to give out more details as its the internet :-)

No matter. I will keep trying.

Thanks!
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Posted on: 26.May.2014, 10:24 AM





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Thanks for your replies. Looks like its a no go then to get it sent.

I am on one type of medication and the doctor has the discretion to choose the one I am after but so far is giving me the run around and it has been nearly 7 months of going round in circles. The reason he won't or hasn't prescribed it is because it is something that is not the norm and the first thing that they always prescribe is the thing I have now. Even though it is not good for me individually. I have been on it close to 15 years and I don't like it and wish to try an alternative.
So in essence he can but as he is unfamiliar with it...

Looks like I need to keep the pressure up on my side or change doctors.

Thanks again everyone!
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Posted on: 26.May.2014, 07:50 AM





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Does anyone know for sure or can point me to something official about whether it is illegal to order medicine to get sent to Sweden which is prescription only in Sweden but over the counter in countries outside of the EU?

I am not sure about customs and what the law is on this.

(It is not illegal drugs or anything like that but for an actual medicine for a condition I have and if I was anywhere else in the world , including other EU countries I would have it easily prescribed to me.)
Going to another EU country to see a doctor is not an option as the medication is life long.
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Posted on: 14.Jan.2014, 09:56 PM





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I know you want suggestions for things to do etc, but if you end up writing an article about it I have a suggestion...

I live in Ume? and would love to visit further north but am put off by "tourist prices". In any possible future article it would be good to include great activities and places to go and see on an average persons budget- ie someone who lives in Sweden and hasn't paid a gazillion dollars to fly here from somewhere paying thousands of SEK for a day or so for the privilege of seeing the northern lights.

Let's hear more about the homely and affordable B&B's (if there are any!) and activities that don't make you feel like you are donating a lung when you open your wallet.

:-)
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I have just done this as the biggest mistake I made was not shopping around before signing for an agent as we were so pushed for time, having seen a house we wanted to buy but needed the money from the apartment sale for the deposit.

Our agent had a flat fee 27 000kr and then 10% of anything made over the advertised selling price.

Now in hindsight this fee is ok if you are selling something that will sell for a lot, like a house, but here up north our apartment sold for 400 000 so her take home chunk was fairly hefty. :-(

Saying that, she was very professional and we were happy with everything that she did for us.

If I was going to sell again I would definitely check what the basic fee is first, what it includes in terms of advertising (ie local papers etc as well as blocket) and go from there.

Good luck!
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QUOTE (LockStock @ 15.Feb.2013, 12:10 PM) *
"You may find it hard to get a mortgage direct when you come to Sweden, often they require a certain amount of time credit history"...

Not true.. I got mine within one month after getting my personnumer.. I arrived in March and by June I was an owner of an apartment.. My loan proposal was secured in the beginning of May.

I am finding it hard to find a bank who will let me get a loan. I have permanent employment and will have around 350- 400, 000kr for a deposit on a 1.3 mil house. Who did you go through?

Initial talks are not looking promising.

Anyone know of a bank who will actually take into account that as a couple only one of us has permanent work?
My partners contract comes to an end in a few weeks but he will then have A kassa while he looks for something else.

I am struggling to understand why I can't get a loan when I will have basically a quarter of the price as a deposit. More than the 15%

If anyone has any advice or can direct me to a bank who will lend me the money, please drop me a message!

I am in Umeå.
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Posted on: 16.Jan.2013, 02:21 PM





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Ok, so I want one of these:

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http://www.amazon.com/World-Cuisine-A49827...e/dp/B0007Y9WHQ

Now to buy one from the UK or the US with postage is more than I am willing to shell out. But I really want to make zucchini pasta as I can't eat wheat!

Do they sell them here in Sweden? If so by what name and where?
Or

Do you have one of these lurking in your cupboard that you have not used for ages and is gathering dust that you would be willing to part with?
:-)

Hope everyone has had a great start to the new year!
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Posted on: 23.Dec.2012, 01:37 PM





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If you have a preschool teaching qualification you will find work fairly easily through teacher recruitment agencies IN THE UK. There are loads of them.

Good money and in London, very regular work. You could find yourself turning down work.
Downside is, is that you do not get paid for days you do not work, but if you are good, schools will snap you up for longer periods of time instead of you finding out daily or weekly where you will be teaching.
Use it to save money and then decide if you want to come here.

Why come to Sweden with no contacts? I am a teacher and had a great career until I moved here. I am in full time work but it was fought for tooth and nail. While I have a good life NOW after 5 years... I would never come here with no support system, and if I had known what I know now, I would have pushed harder for my partner to join me.

If you are coming here alone you need to have a LOT of money to get you by. Getting a job and an unskilled one at that can actually be mindbogglingly difficult for many.
Sweden just doesn't work like many other countries where you can pick up something here and there.

So why Sweden out of anywhere in the EU that you could potentially move to? Especially as you don't speak the language?
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Posted on: 19.Oct.2012, 05:30 PM





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I can't help you with the TOEFL or IELTS, but as you have already done the Cambridge FCE, wouldn't it be better to try for the CAE as it pretty much follows the same format. It is just that the texts are longer with more challenging vocabulary and you are expected to write more for the written tasks. (Of course the other parts are more challenging too, but follows the same format also).

****The closing date for the CAE exam on the 1 December was the 15th of October. (Umeå) and here is Stockholm's (Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): Wed 5th December. Enrol no later than 5th October.)
So you need to check for where you live, what the exam date is.
If you need an exam result for something starting early next year, and you need to sit an exam this year, then you need to contact your local Folkuniversitetet as soon as possible as they will have someone who will handle the exam applications from Sweden.
As the closing date as just passed they may or may not let you enrol late. This is because the exam papers will be individually marked with your candidate number and sent to Sweden from England.

Good luck with whatever you decide to do!
Roch
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Posted on: 19.Oct.2012, 09:21 AM





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Hi,

I am a speaking examiner for Cambridge for the FCE,CAE, CPE and business English exams.

I can tell you that there is a quite a lot of difference between the level required for the FCE exam compared to the CAE.
It is entirely possible depending on your scores that you would not have actually passed the CAE.
If you had said you had scored an A on the FCE exam, then yes this would indicate a possible pass for the CAE exam. But not with a B score.

I can tell you as a speaking examiner the level required for a pass at CAE level is a lot higher than what is expected for the FCE.
However if you are very strong in 2 or so sections of the exam such as the reading comprehension and the grammar, it is possible to pass with lower scores in the other parts (or even a fail in the speaking) if you score high enough in the other sections.

I would be very surprised if they let you join the course with only an average FCE exam grade.

Also If you score highly in the FCE exam which is B2 of the European languages framework, they have the discretion to award a candidate a C1 graded level which is equal to a pass in the CAE. If you did not get this, then you have not passed the required level for that grading.
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www.ebay.co.uk

Has many "shop" type sellers who will ship to Sweden.
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Posted on: 20.May.2012, 05:17 PM





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http://www.arbetsformedlingen.se/yrkena-o;...d502730c1800072

http://www.utbildningssidan.se/info/barnsk...arnskotare.aspx
Read towards the bottom (use Google translate)
Utbildning till Barnskötare
Vilken utbildning krävs för att bli Barnskötare?


Barn- och fritidsprogrammet på gymnasieskolan (3 år) kan vara en lämplig utbildning om man vill inrikta dig mot arbete inom barnsomsorgen. Utbildning finns även inom Komvux på vissa orter.
Inom Komvux finns också eftergymnasial utbildning för barnskötare som har yrkeserfarenhet.

Also the section on what the future is looking like for this type of job.

It's not just someone deciding they are going to look after children who can do this job. Being a day mum has lots of rules and regulations and there is no way she is going to get work as one with Swedish children not being able to communicate with them.
Whoever told you this needs to give you more information about what they mean because I think they are giving you wrong information.

Or do they mean working as an assistant in a pre school/dagis/förskola?
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Posted on: 27.Apr.2012, 07:40 PM





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Sheeesh...

Really? A petrol station? Good grief I feel a little embarrassed I didn't think of that! Although I have not been in a petrol station for years as I fill up at the pump with my card.

Will be out and about tomorrow so will pop in and see if they have them!

Kramar!
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I have been searching for SE bil klistermärke but I cannot for the life of me find a shop that sells them.

I am looking for the white oval sticker that says SE that is compulsory to have on your car if you don't have the new EU licence plates when you drive in Europe.

Any pointers of where to head to?

TACK!!!!!!!!!!
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Thanks!

I am not on my partners home insurance policy so we are going to put me on. It's one of those things we never got around to doing... but we know we should have done it before now.

And I had no idea about Försäkringskassan so will register there as well!

Thanks guys!
You all have helped me immensely :-)
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Hi everyone,

I think I am using the wrong keywords to find what I am looking for...so I have come to the people "in the know"

My partner and I are planning a summer camping holiday through various countries in the EU.

I had a UK based European Health card but as I am here now I guess I can't use it... so want to get a Swedish one for me and one for my partner also.
From what I understand we have to ask at our local vårdcentralen or? I have tried looking on line but cannot find if I can do it online.

The second thing is, as we are driving and camping so our personal items are not going to be as secure as if we were staying in hotels etc.
I am trying to find companies who do travel insurance for holidays like this. Backpacking category maybe? or?
In the UK there are many firms that offer low priced options but of course you need to be a resident there.

This is where my Swedish is letting me down as I don't think I have been searching correctly as I am coming up empty.

Any tips or recommendations?

Thanks!
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The key phrase in your post was " my employer is going to pay..."

Do it. These courses are expensive and if you are having someone else pay for them, it's the bargain of the year.
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I had around 5 kgs of stuff arrive from Holland and Barrett this week. They have fixed price shipping, a flat charge of £6.95. So it is even sweeter when what I bought saved a gazillion kronor, but to even have cheap shipping for that weight was GREAT!

Bargain! I love sites with fixed price shipping!
http://www.hollandandbarrett.com/
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Thanks guys. I think after looking them up I am going to go with Nils resa. It looks very readable and even though it looks a little long, the language doesn't seem too tricky.

Thank you!!!!

This is going to be a mammoth effort to try and finish everything I need to do for this course while working. I think by the summer I will either be a master a Swedish or my brain will be completely fried...
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Thanks for the suggestion. But the book needs to be really old so that it is out of copyright type of thing.
We can read whatever else we like in terms of novels, but one has to be an old classic by a well known Swedish writer.
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Ok.

So my teacher for SAS B says that as part of all the reading I have to do, one of the books needs to be a Swedish classic. (i.e. out of copyright type of thing)
Had a quick squizz at wiki and on the online libraries where you can down load books that are out of copyright.
I have to read over 1200 pages in my 20 week course. So the equivalent of 3 novels (which I really just have no idea how I am going to actually do that in reality...)

Problem is, they are just not my thing. So I really need help to find something that is not too long and that I can read and get it over and done with in a relatively quick time.

Before anyone sounds off about trying harder, I already work full time and have a gazzillion work documents all in Swedish to read, so I am not being a slacker, but more of trying to manage what time I have a little more carefully.

If possible I would love to find the Swedish equivalent of Sherlock Holmes or an Agatha Christie story. If that isn't possible, then something that I can just read as quickly and as painlessly as possible,

HELP!!!!!!!
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Glad it worked out for you John.

One question though, have you learned your lesson about flirting with a girl in a bar when you have pregnant wife at home? (Irrelevant that the girl was stalker crazy)

A while back I was at a work do and true to form me and some of my team went to an after party. All was well until a rather attractive young woman (a friend of one of my team) started showing an interest in me. I am not the type of guy who cheats, but being drunk there was quite an amount of flirting going on, all relatively harmless and in good fun.


Just saying.
I mean come on. Would you have "flirted" if she was a plain jane? Also "harmless and good fun" for who? Your wife? If you wouldn't feel comfortable doing it in front of your wife then you know that it was wrong! There's being friendly and then there's being a bit of a twat.
I hope you are really being extra loving and supportive to your wife at home after this!
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You don't have to live in the middle of a large city. There are plenty of places that are smaller around the area. You could go to Manchester first with the view of looking for somewhere smaller but easily accessible to the city for when you want to go there or if you need to commute for work.
Or go somewhere completely new in the UK that has more of a small town feel rather than a big city.
You have many options. And to be honest, it sounds like it would be good for your partner to actually experience something new. Then you both can decide if it's not for you, but don't write things off before you try!
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