A voice for newcomers in Sweden

How a two-month bike ride brought this American athlete to Sweden

Scott Cole in Montana on his bike ride from Mexico to Canada in 1999. Photo: Lincoln Montana

Published: 23.Jul.2018 08:34 hrs

MY SWEDISH CAREER: After competing in a multisport race in Sweden, Scott Cole decided to ditch bustling California for "less people, more wilderness, more open space" in the Scandinavian country.

Cycling for two months isn't everyone's cup of tea, but Scott Cole is used to pushing himself to the limit. The American works in marketing and sponsorship for Sweden's first and oldest multisport race, a competition involving a range of athletic disciplines from running to kayaking, and he regularly takes part in such races himself.

It was his love of endurance sports that first brought the athlete to Sweden.

Read full article on The Local

More Stories

Anas Awad with his "Swedish family" told his story to The Local Voices

Sharing the best of The Local Voices

We told a lot of great stories in 2016. Did you get to read and share them all? READ
How the Swedish pension works, and what you need to do about yours – even if you don't plan to stay in Sweden long-term. READ
Plenty of Brits have opted for the quiet life in Sweden, settling in isolated areas away from the country’s largest cities. READ
Photo: Erik Gerhardsson

'History will record how everyone reacted to the Syrian tragedy'

Erik, a 21-year-old Swedish volunteer, reflects on his experience helping refugees in Sweden and abroad. READ
Every week a new reader takes over The Local's Instagram to show us their Sweden. Today, David Hurtado Gomez from Colombia shows us one of Stockholm's hidden gems. READ
Three German citizens have been rescued after spending most of the night on Kebnekaise. READ
With odds at eight to one against, the chance of Malmö football team MFF beating Chelsea on Thursday night are slim. But this has done nothing to cool the excitement. READ
In India, Indian-Chinese and Indian-Italian food is a rage. However Indian and Scandinavian food have not yet found common ground. How can these two flavours be combined to create a new palate of Indo-Nordic cuisine? READ

This Iranian teaches Swedish online to 10,000 followers

"I’m exporting Swedish to my homeland." READ