A voice for newcomers in Sweden

'One year in Sweden made me realize we can weather anything'

Autumn in Stockholm. Photo: Hasse Holmberg/TT

Published: 12.Oct.2017 07:59 hrs

Madeleine Hyde, a philosophy researcher and English teacher based in Stockholm, reflects on her first year as a Brit in Sweden.


When I lived in the Czech mountainside city of Liberec, my grandma would send me woollen scarves and gloves, worried that I was freezing in a city that has, according to some of its optimistic residents, a half-year-long winter. It was September in Sweden, and I'd only been here for two weeks, so no such package had arrived yet. Little did I realize that I could have really used it already, when I went on what I deemed a Great Northern Adventure.

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