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Old 05-25-2012, 06:51 AM
 
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Default American living in Sweden...

Bläh!

I'm American born and raised in New York who moved to Stockholm, Sweden for two years due to work. I've been here two weeks and already noticed the difference.

Everything is SMALLER and MORE expensive. 5 :- (around 80 cents) for using public bathrooms. Must be a joke! Not a single store except few chain restaurants have bathrooms. Even mall public bathrooms cost money to use!

Meal sizes are OK except that drink sizes are tiny. Using ice on drinks is rare. Large soda in Sweden is medium in the U.S., and it cost 10 :- (around $1.30 for refill). Drinking soda in Sweden is almost like drinking luxury drink in the U.S. McDonald´s only had 5-6 different meal options, while there are 13+ in the U.S.

95% of the things are much more expensive in Sweden than the U.S. Sales tax is 25% and 12% on food.

I liked their public transportation. Road signs and road system stink.

Once living here you appreciate more and more America and I cannot wait to move back!

 
Old 05-25-2012, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Sweden
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I know where the free public bathrooms are, but since you don´t have much nice things to say I´m not gonna tell you.
 
Old 05-25-2012, 09:20 AM
 
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Wow, harsh.

I would literally give my right arm to live in Sweden. It's not utopia, but I am determined to make it my future home someday. The things you criticise it for are some of the things I like about it.

If you want to trade places tomorrow, DM me.

Some of my favourite bands are Swedish too.

I think that most of Europe in general would be a bad fit for you for the same reasons. Come back to the US of A.

Cheer up and go and watch an Allsvenskan match. AIK are a good team. Follow it up with a nice fika.
 
Old 05-25-2012, 09:57 AM
 
Location: State of Relaxation
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Sweden is a northern country, which you may not have noticed, since it's almost summer, you missed the winter. You can't compare Sweden in terms of cost to the lower 48 states. Go spend some time in Alaska for a more appropriate comparison. You might come away thinking Sweden is cheap. Plus, in Alaska, you don't get free medical care, full university scholarships, and so many other good things Sweden has to say for itself.

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Old 05-25-2012, 09:59 AM
 
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Originally Posted by Ruth4Truth View Post
Sweden is a northern country, which you may not have noticed, since it's almost summer, you missed the winter. You can't compare Sweden in terms of cost to the lower 48 states. Go spend some time in Alaska for a more appropriate comparison. You might come away thinking Sweden is cheap. Plus, in Alaska, you don't get free medical care, full university scholarships, and so many other good things Sweden has to say for itself.
Ruth definitely speaks the truth!

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Old 05-25-2012, 10:00 AM
 
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Wow, only two weeks and you already hate the place. It is nice and sunny in STHLM at the moment, so how in hell are you going to survive during the winter months?

Big Mac, Quarter Pounder or McWhatever? Who cares? It is crappy food anyway. Americans really love to drink large quantities of soda. I went to Six Flags in NJ last year. I was quite shocked to see all those people buying the 28 oz /0.82 l sport bottle with free refill. No wonder so many of them were overweight.
 
Old 05-25-2012, 10:29 AM
 
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Big Mac, Quarter Pounder or McWhatever? Who cares? It is crappy food anyway. Americans really love to drink large quantities of soda. I went to Six Flags in NJ last year. I was quite shocked to see all those people buying the 28 oz /0.82 l sport bottle with free refill. No wonder so many of them were overweight.
Seriously. Who eats McDonalds' anyway? How old are you? I don't know anyone who eats fast food. Most sodas are awful. Try drinking fruit juice instead. I'll tell you who has great and very cheap soda, all natural, no artificial flavoring. Take a weekend trip to St. Petersburg sometime (it's almost right next door!) and get some of their own soda, it's called "limonad" (lemonade). It comes in different natural fruit flavors. I brought a half-dozen bottles of that back to Sweden with me once, and people couldn't get enough of it.

I hope you figure out a way to enjoy your stay. How long are you there for?

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Old 05-25-2012, 12:58 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Originally Posted by American in Sweden View Post
Bläh!

I'm American born and raised in New York who moved to Stockholm, Sweden for two years due to work. I've been here two weeks and already noticed the difference.

Everything is SMALLER and MORE expensive. 5 :- (around 80 cents) for using public bathrooms. Must be a joke! Not a single store except few chain restaurants have bathrooms. Even mall public bathrooms cost money to use!

Meal sizes are OK except that drink sizes are tiny. Using ice on drinks is rare. Large soda in Sweden is medium in the U.S., and it cost 10 :- (around $1.30 for refill). Drinking soda in Sweden is almost like drinking luxury drink in the U.S. McDonald´s only had 5-6 different meal options, while there are 13+ in the U.S.

95% of the things are much more expensive in Sweden than the U.S. Sales tax is 25% and 12% on food.

I liked their public transportation. Road signs and road system stink.

Once living here you appreciate more and more America and I cannot wait to move back!

Well, Sweden is not US, people have different lifestyle, needs, food preferences and customs. Why didn't you do some homework to find out if you would like it there before moving to Stockholm?? Lots of people love to live in there, you obviously not. Great! Move back to the US. End of the story...
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Old 05-25-2012, 01:08 PM
 
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i know where the free public bathrooms are, but since you don´t have much nice things to say i´m not gonna tell you.

 
Old 05-25-2012, 01:18 PM
 
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I know where the free public bathrooms are, but since you don´t have much nice things to say I´m not gonna tell you.
Hej Big Swede,
Can you explain how to distinguish the front from the back of a tree ?
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