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John.Smith
Posted on: 5.Feb.2014, 05:09 PM





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Erm, quite an uninformed article I would say.

1. It is not such that there will be a 75% rise in people 'getting' cancer, it is a 75% rise in confirmed cancer diagnoses. Big difference there as the developing world(s) increase access to better health care, people have more access to getting a cancer diagnosis. The same proportion of people will have cancer, it is just that now and in the future the people who couldn't get a diagnosis because they couldn't afford the medical costs are now being included in the world-wide cancer count...
2. The developing worlds will carry the greatest share of the increase in diagnoses. This is because of the better health services compared to what they used to have, and also industrial growth also means increase in exposure to toxins via water supply, air quality and also things like diet changes etc...
3. People in the developed worlds will have a much higher survival rate due to earlier diagnoses and also better treatments on offer and general better health awareness etc...


I would not be surprised if the 'actual' number of cancer cases was rising, but not at 75% over 20 years.
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John.Smith
Posted on: 24.Jan.2014, 03:34 PM





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Ebay in HK have advertisements for this product here: Why go all the way to Sweden for this??
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John.Smith
Posted on: 20.Jan.2014, 10:07 AM





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C'mon Nickerson... give it up already. We know who you really are.


Dear NSA Web-bot (Mr Obama),
Please take note of the opening poster's comments. He knows too much. I suggest remedial action. I presume there is a reward????
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John.Smith
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There is a very successful hi-tech start-up being headed by an Irish guy based out of Lule?. They have won contracts with major European banks and DARPA in the US. Could be an ex-pat profile piece.

Ice Hotel outside of Kiruna.

Northern Lights.

Skiing Resorts such as ?re and Hemavan etc...

LK AB mining company in Kiruna. They do tours of the mine on request and love media presence. (the mine is hugely impressive)

Something about the Sami folk perhaps?

Ice Fishing

Snow mobiling safari tours.
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John.Smith
Posted on: 14.Jan.2014, 10:11 AM





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EU Rules state that but in practice there is no coordination regarding the taxation of State pensions as the Irish and Swedish taxation systems are different. I would have to apply for the Irish pension in Ireland via the relevant body there and it is paid into a local account. Currently there is no working transfer agreement. Maybe when I retire the system will be harmonised smile.gif
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John.Smith
Posted on: 13.Jan.2014, 02:32 PM





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I did some research on this a few years back and spoke to a pensions guy here in Sweden about it:

1. I have a large private pension fund in another EU State.
2. I also have 8 years of contributions to a State pension system (so called guaranteed pension) in the same EU country.
3. I have a private pension fund here in Sweden
4. I have an employers pension fund here
5. I also have 6 years of contributions to the Swedish State fund.

My private funds I will get where ever I live in the world (subject to applicable taxation agreements). My State funds can be claimed separately as they are none transferable between different countries. I would have to claim my Swedish State pension here and also apply for my Irish State pension (6 years out of a minimum 30 years = 20%) in Ireland. I can then transfer that monthly income over here and any taxes due on it are paid here in Sweden (little complex as it depends on how much tax if any I have to pay in Ireland on same pension, but 20% of the State pension puts me well under the taxation bracket).

For US citizens, you can claim your private pensions from here in Sweden back in the States, hell you can even move the fund (subject to taxation) from Sweden to the States if you wanted to. The only issue is that of taxation.

The State funds however are more complex. You have to be resident in the country (or the EU) in order to draw down on it.
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John.Smith
Posted on: 6.Dec.2013, 01:24 PM





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Yeah, someone requested a password reset for my account too... what's going on?
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Posted on: 16.May.2013, 06:36 AM





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Just buy sheets of polystyrene foam (frigolit/cellplast). Works better and a much easier install. Make sure that it is the rough finish type as this dissipates the echo effect.
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Posted on: 14.May.2013, 11:23 AM





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QUOTE (Migga @ 14.May.2013, 09:06 AM) *
... climbing your windows and snatching your people up.

... "your people" ????

Think you are letting your true convictions come to the surface there Migga... Always suspected, just got confirmed...
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There is no cheap way as such. Royal Mail or DHL are your only options. You will pay by weight or volume (which ever is higher). A car exhaust is heavy enough so I would think it is cheaper just to buy here in Sweden when you factor in the postage costs.
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Posted on: 30.Apr.2013, 01:50 PM





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excellent find!
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Posted on: 30.Apr.2013, 01:47 PM





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I have a Swedish male friend (mid-30's, professional, handsome enough, big into sports) who has never had a girlfriend and has no interest in having any type of physical relationship with anybody... ever.. He is not gay or sexually repressed or traumatized from any previous incident. He says he is 'asexual'. He does however feel lonely and would like to meet a lady with similar feelings about not wanting a physical relationship...

Discuss...
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Posted on: 29.Apr.2013, 12:23 PM





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I will starting a big job on my house this Summer. There was an old stone drain to the side of the house that carried water from rain and the snow melt down to the stream/ditch at the end of my driveway. The old stone drain collapsed last year and now my garden is waterlogged and I can feel the damp in my basement on that side of the house.

I will hire a mini-digger and excavate to below foundation level and use both the isolering boards and also the water plastic sheeting to protect the house as well as replace the drain with modern piping and back fill with gravel. But I was also wondering if there is any good protective chemical that you can 'paint' onto the concrete walls on the outside that repels water?
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QUOTE (wvansl @ 23.Apr.2013, 09:40 PM) *
Very funny. Maybe you should google it yourself once and then you will see what I am talking about...

I did and I found plenty of results.

http://www.blabergenslillaspa.se/badbastu/
http://www.badrummetspa.se/
http://www.halsokallanspa.se/

... and plenty more besides. All of the above are in Örebro.

If you want to find more local results then check here. Too many to cut and paste here.
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Their Cheeks maybe? smile.gif
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Posted on: 23.Apr.2013, 10:52 AM





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Check out this link. It has everything you need wink.gif

www.MixedSwedishSaunasByTheLakeSide.se
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John.Smith
Posted on: 22.Apr.2013, 10:55 AM





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Plenty of the them dotted around the country, but they are generally privately owned. For example on Ulvön off the High Coast (Höga Kusten) there is a hostel/chalet rental with a beautiful sauna on the beach there. It is a mixed sauna and in the Summer time both men and women use it.
I have seen others at hotels and such like as well.

There is one down the road from me on a lake side that is mixed. You pay a small fee to rent it for an evening along with a grill area and changing rooms and you can go for a dip in the lake afterwards.

Other than that, only swimming houses that specialise in spa activities might have a mixed sauna and generally you have to rent the whole sauna as a group event. The one in Paradiset does not require to be rented par se, but you take part is a group event like wine tasting, spa activities and such like. It is a great way to spend an evening with friends and family.
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Posted on: 19.Apr.2013, 06:13 AM





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They have been up North here a few times the last couple of years. They approached me to know if I wanted to buy a diesel generator from them. The conversation was hilarious smile.gif

Pikey: ME IRISH. DOOO YOOOOU WAAAANT TO BUY DIESEL GENERATOR?
Me: You can shove that generator up your arse and fu*k off while your at it...
Pikey: ...
 
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Cool!
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Skattverket have some literature about setting up as a sole trader or opening AB companies etc...
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Posted on: 17.Apr.2013, 12:00 PM





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Never used online dating myself but a female friend of mine started up a profile on one a number of months ago. She is a single Mom and so dies not get time to go out to bars or social clubs etc... She loves it as you know from the offset that a person is available and interested in meeting someone. It cuts down on speculation and also the barrier of the computer screen allows one to be a little bit more forward.

She has been out on several dates with different guys and now has a steady boyfriend the last 3 months smile.gif

it can't hurt to open your options I guess.
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Posted on: 17.Apr.2013, 08:34 AM





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Unless you have a very specific skill set that a Swedish employer cannot fill locally, you will need Swedish language skills. End of.

It is amazing the amount of people (English speaking especially) who come here expecting to compete in the labour market without any understanding that the ability to communicate effectively is a prerequisite for any job.

A good education and skill set plus the ability to communicate in Swedish is what will get you a job. Not an expectation that you have some perceived 'advantage' because you are a native English Speaker.
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Yep...

What scams are they pulling this side of the world?
 
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Is it really worth the hassle of falling out with your neighbours? My suggestion is to trim some of the branches (even if you take off just 20-30 cms) and that way the neighbour cannot say that you didn't act.
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QUOTE (Jamtjim @ 12.Apr.2013, 09:57 AM) *
My darling Mille20n!

I am so sorry that I failed to meet you on the T-bana this morning as we had arranged. I understand that you must feel let down and even think that I may have stood you up. This could not have been further from the truth; it was due to circumstances out of my control. Please allow me a second to explain and to beg for your forgiveness.

My plan had been to arrive in good time for our little romantic rendezvous. Indeed it was due to be at a very convenient time for me as I had an appointment later at the STD clinic to have the itchy growth on the side of my penis examined, and would have been passing through anyway.

Unfortunately my friend in Nigeria tells me that you have not deposited the money in my account yet, so I had nothing with which to buy a ticket for the train. Anyway, in adversity one finds strength, and so I decided to jump the barrier and board despite this and was making my way to the platform when I felt the long arm of the law grab my shoulder.

Now the sensible thing to do here, would to have apologised, claimed ignorance ("I no speakee the Swedish! How I know you need ticket for train?") and provided the false name and address which I have on my fake ID (in truth, I don't have an address... more fool them!). However, I am not a sensible person, and in any case have an outstanding warrant ever since the unfortunate incident in which I became stuck inside the French Ambassador's poodle.

What I actually did was to plant my right foot firmly and powerfully into the groin of the arresting officer and ran off as if Satan and all his little helpers were after me.

Luckily, just outside of the station is a park which is full of bushes (I know this as it is where I often go to shoot up) and I have found a place to hide until the fuss dies down and I can make good my escape. Until then, I just have to wait it out... and this is why I could make our meeting.

So as you can see, I was not my fault! Even the fact that I am letting you know so late is only due that twelve year old; he just didn't want to give up that laptop!

I am so sorry my darling, but let us try once again in the morning.

All my love...JJ

I think I am falling in love
 
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