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Posted by: soultraveler3 22.Oct.2009, 03:24 AM

Hey guys,

There are lots of posts on the local forums about english-speaking meetups in western sweden but none over here towards the east. Are there any or do we have to make the 2 hour trip to Stockholm?

I live in Avesta and we don't have any meetups, lol, think I'm the only native english speaking immigrant here actually. cool.gif

What about in the larger towns like Västerås or Borlänge?

It would be alot of fun to have a few drinks and bs with some native english speakers. biggrin.gif

Posted by: explodp 30.Dec.2009, 07:51 AM

@ soultraveler3,

we live in between Avesta and Sala and have been here three years. It is only now we are finding there are other English speakers around.

Checkout our website and contact us if you want to learn more.



Posted by: Subterfuge 30.Dec.2009, 09:12 AM

Hi, my husband lives in Malung so I would go there occasionally. Maybe we can meet you up guys when i go there. I dont know exactly how far Avesta is from Malung. But we're still quite far from Borlänge. We are comparatively near to Mora.

Posted by: Puffin 30.Dec.2009, 10:30 AM

We are in Dalarna - live between Hedemora and Falun

Posted by: karlajose 30.Dec.2009, 10:31 PM

hej, im living in borlänge...if you have time we can meet and have good conversations. maybe other locallers here just e-mail
happy new year!!!

Posted by: myshkin_ 18.Jan.2010, 10:21 PM

Burnley (Lancashire) boy here living in Gagnef. Been here for 6 months with my Swedish girlfriend.

Would be good to get in touch with some other people on here that live in the area.

Where are you all from? How long have you been here? What do you do for work? etc.

Posted by: MachineGunGirl 3.Mar.2010, 07:29 AM

I'm not native english speaker, but I live in Borlänge and know a cpl guys from England living here too smile.gif

We definatelly should meet and do something to kill boredom and share experiences!!!


Posted by: ShaunD 3.Mar.2010, 08:51 AM

I am English and live in Långshyttan just outside of Hedemora.

Posted by: Jenniferocious 15.Jun.2012, 01:09 PM

Hi, I know this is a pretty old thread but I'm English (Carlisle) and have just moved to Borlänge. Did a meet-up ever happen? Would be interested in getting to know a few native English speakers also.

Posted by: dgd 15.Jun.2012, 09:42 PM

Hedemora for part of the year, which incidentally has just (this evening) seen a contingent of Irish Travellers arrive.

Posted by: ShaunD 16.Jun.2012, 08:21 AM

I saw a couple of English registered Ford Iveco flat bed wagons heading up to Hedemora as it happens yesterday, I had a feeling straight away that the Gypsies are going to be in town. Time to lock up everything even more secure now then ohmy.gif

Posted by: dgd 16.Jun.2012, 08:38 AM

They're operating under a cover company called PKBYGG, who I understand have been involved in a number of other trading scams concerning driveways and tarmac. You can google the web for details of some of their other operations.

Posted by: Jenniferocious 17.Jun.2012, 09:47 PM

What brings you both to Sweden (if you don't mind me asking)? I've moved here with my Swedish partner. I'm really keen to integrate as quickly as possible but, while I don't have a job here, it's pretty hard. I start SFI in Säter soon so hopefully that will lead me to meet people. Any tips in the meantime?

Posted by: ShaunD 18.Jun.2012, 08:06 AM

Hi Jennifer,

Well with me my wife is Swedish so that was one of the main reasons we moved here, plus we wanted to (and have a few years back now), start a family and Sweden is just fantastic for that with regards to daycare and parental leave etc.

We moved here in May 2006 and for the first few months I didn't know anyone, didn't speak the language, didn't have a job (I left a good job in London to come here), didn't have no friends etc. I started SFI in Hedemora in September 2006 and completed that by the end of January 2007. I then started looking for a job and landed myself á job doing 'praktik' in mine surveying at the mine in Garpenberg, this got extended to a summer job. When I had only two days left to unemployment I got offered a full time position and am now a trained up mine surveyor working 1200 metres underground everyday !

Don't listen to a lot of the crap on here when people say it will never work etc. For me things could not have been better, we have got a better life, we both have jobs, we have a wonderfull daughter, we have friends, and I have been speaking the language fluent for a few years now ! Although I still cannot stand the winters here at times, god I hate it when it's -30c out !!

Posted by: Jenniferocious 18.Jun.2012, 12:37 PM

Thank you, that's very comforting. At the moment, I feel a little isolated, I think once the Swedish comes then everything else will fall into place - work, friends and life in general. I'm still very confident I want to live my life here - it's a great place to build a nest and start a family. I've only experienced 2 weeks of Swedish winter in the past and, although I loved it, it will be interesting to see if I still love it 4 months in!

It sounds like you have a great life here! One last question, was the SFI enough? I've read on here stories from a lot of people who have done SFI and are still only speaking very basic Swedish. I've been studying Rosetta Stone which has helped me learns words but not so many sentences.

Posted by: Garry Jones 18.Jun.2012, 01:14 PM

I am in Mora. Lived here since 1988. We are about 11 English guys living in Mora. I believe all but one has broken up with the women we moved here for. Most of the other lads get together for live football games and the like, but I find little time for that now as I work odd hours.

I am a Londoner, there are two more London lads here, then there are guys from Lancashire, Dorset, Brighton and Middelesboro. Plus a few more I can't place at the moment. There was an English woman who moved here about 11 years ago to a Swedish guy but I don't know what became of her. Another English lass (from Hull) lives outside Borlänge.

I have a fairly large contact network of expats down in Stockholm and often visit to get the feeling of a home from home. (Even I live Mora it's still nice to touch base).

Tomorrow I am off down to Stockholm to watch the England game at the Tudor Arms. - Most of the lads I know will be around. For me that suffices nowadays, just a night or two in the Tudor a few times a year and I'm happy in Dalarna the rest of the year.

Posted by: akibobrob 18.Jun.2012, 01:36 PM

Hi. I moved to Säter last year and am loving the life here but don't have any contact with other native English speakers.

If anyone local fancies meeting up drop me a mail at

Posted by: Dodgerman 18.Jun.2012, 03:45 PM

I studied SFI in Enköping for 3 months. I learnt a lot in the first two months and very little in the last month so I left. In the end there was only 2 or 3 people that were still there. I know that in Stockholm they have English and Arabic geared glasses where as in the smaller towns it is ALL in swedish. So you are forced to learn quickly and this is great. It has a downfall when it comes to structured sentences and when you are meant to say 'jobbet' instead of 'jobb' etc. I found this really difficult as being explained in Swedish when you already have no clue is extremely hard.

Try and get your partner to explain 'Bestemed Form' and 'Obestemed Form' as well as 'Bisats' and 'Huvuidsats'. My swedish partner and friends couldn't clearly explain this to me in english so it is a difficult thing.

My english friends have now opted for private lessons. In my opinion SFI is great, to a certain point. The majority of the people in my class were also getting paid to be there where I was not. This is an expensive country!

Anyways, I'm in the same boat here. I just moved to Västerås a month ago and it is difficult to make friends but I'm getting there slowly. If anyone is in the Västerås area I'd love to go out for a few beers!

Posted by: dgd 18.Jun.2012, 07:24 PM

Dear Jennifer (and others)

To answer your question, I am working for most of the year in London and looking for Finance/Auditing work in Sweden. My wife (Swedish) and daughter are living in Hedemora, so I travel a lot between London and Hedemora. I can speak some Swedish (on-line courses via babbel) but I really need to step it up a gear to learn properly. To be honest, if my Swedish was any good, then I think I've had a job in Sweden by now. That said, for most jobs in my field you need to be able to commute to Uppsala, Vasteras, or Stockholm.

I've had a few job interviews and when you get an interview this usually means that you're pretty close to getting the job. Most places, though, don't bother responding to applications written in English. Also recruitment processes literally take months - have applied for some jobs, forgotten about them, and then (months later) been called for an interview.

Posted by: Jenniferocious 18.Jun.2012, 08:30 PM

@Garry - Will have to check out the Tudor Arms when I'm in Stockholm. The one thing I knew I say gonna miss when I left England was traditional pubs - can't beat a steak pie and a few ales.

@Dodgerman - Yeah, I don't really understand a lot of the Swedish language rules, when I ask my partner why something is the way it is, his usual response is 'I don't know, it just is!'

@dgd - Hope you find something soon, can't be nice having to be away from your family like that. All my applications have been in English so far, only because I don't want to mislead people into thinking I can speak Swedish. However, I'm only applying for jobs like housekeeping/cleaning at the moment. Eventually I want to set up business as a massage therapist as this is what I'm trained in, although I might set up and advertise as English speaking only, I'm predicting that I won't get much business until I speak Swedish to a professional standard.

Posted by: shadylady 7.Jul.2013, 11:38 AM

I recommend the Swedish School in Barnes for lessons. Although its a secondary school they run two terms of classes every year for adults from 6.30 to 8.30. I think its on a Wednesday night. The school is situated at least half a mile further down Lansdowne Rd than the address given on the internet. I have walked from Hammersmith but took a 419 bus in wet weather.The tutor was familiar with a number of dialects although most of the students had connections with Skåne and Gothenberg.

Why not put up a notice in your local supermarket. I saw a notice for an Irish pub in my local ICA although I have not come across any native English speakers but I wasn't looking.
There are a number of native English speakers in Smedjebacken. The local library might help.
The local supermarket is the Coop.
Good luck to both of you. Dalarna must be one of the largest counties at least in diagonal distance from South to North and bordering Norway.

Posted by: Herlie 13.Sep.2013, 08:33 AM

aw my heart skipped a beat when I saw this thread, as I am a Brit living in Avesta too, but then I saw the date of the post. I don't suppose you'll come back and check will you? smile.gif I would love to talk to a Brit again. I really miss the sense of humour and not having to explain my unusual English phrases smile.gif

If anyone else is interested in a chat, drop me a pm here and I'll give you my facebook/email smile.gif

Posted by: Takk fyrir 27.Oct.2013, 01:25 PM

I know what you mean - Sweds arent the best with sarcasm. They just look very offended every time i make a joke >.< I live Insjön btw.

Posted by: Zuiko 29.Dec.2013, 10:37 PM


I know this is an old thread but it is relevant for myself so I'm going to bump it.

I recently moved to Dalarna. Outside of Hedemora. I'm from Ireland but I moved here with my Swedish partner.
Just wondering if there are any English speakers around. I live in the middle of nowhere so having some friends would be nice haha smile.gif

I'm in the process of learning Swedish (slowly) and I do plan on integrating into Swedish society. But none the less. Having some people to talk to would is always nice smile.gif

Thanks for reading.

Posted by: Whaites 13.Jan.2014, 04:16 PM


I've just moved to Falun and I've only been here a week so far! It would be great to meet any native English speakers.
I'm living with my girlfriend Essi and I'm also starting up my own business. I'm 29 and would be keen to meet up for a beer etc if anyone is interested just let me know. My email is


Posted by: Nikki.dalarna 21.Nov.2014, 03:53 PM

I know many of these posts are old, but I would love to meet any English people living around ludvika area. It would be great to meet for coffee, and find out what bought you to Sweden, and how you find it living here.

Posted by: oldscot1 21.Nov.2014, 07:04 PM

Funny old place Dalarna.. I moved here on retirement. In next to no time, a South African couple moved in 400 meters away. About 2 Kms away is a lovely English lady , who moved here from the UK , at 70. Through her, i met a Kiwi, who lives 5 Kms away. Reading this, there are dozens of ex pats filling up the county. The problem with meeting over a beer, here, is the distances involved. There is little public transport and drinking and driving is a no no. Stockholm public transport has not many equals.
I am lucky in that my closest Swedish neighbors are great, and I have Swedish friends from Kalmar to Jokmukk. People love a summer break in the wilderness. I wish you younger Brits good luck in getting together.

Posted by: gubbenilådan 24.Nov.2014, 08:42 PM

Can't agree more about Dalarna being a funny old place...I had lunch today with a couple of South African retirees living in Smedjebacken, and I know a quintissential english lady living just a few kilometers away (although she's not 70!). There are an ever growing number of english speakers in the neighbourhood. I wonder how many were here when I first came in May 1979..

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