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Newbie 101: Personnummers

Hej allihopa!As I’m sure many of you are wondering as I did when I first arrived to Stockholm University – what on earth is all this personnummer/personal identity number business?

Well, here’s a post dedicated to clearing this part of your ‘administrative’ newbie duties, a little at least (I hope):

•Right now, you will most likely not have a permanent personnummer, instead you were assigned a temporary one called a T-number (ending in four fictive numbers/letters).

•If you’re an international student who will be studying here in Sweden for 12 months or longer, you can apply for a ‘real’ permanent personnummer through the tax agency, Skatteverket. 

◦For this you will need: 

1A valid passport

2A letter of acceptance/Notification of Selection Results from your university application as proof of your admission to a Swedish university

3A registration certificate

4A temporary address (or permanent if you have one)

5Information regarding if and which residence permit you hold

All of this fuss is done through Skatteverket and if there are changes to any of the information provided to them, you must change and inform them immediately! Hopefully this cleared it up for you all a bit. 

Comment below with further questions should they arise! 

Yours, 

Olivia

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Swedish Design.

For all you fashion and design lovers at Stockholm University, this post is dedicated to you!

Today, we will go a little off the topic of education and onto the topic of Swedish and Scandinavian design, because hey, who doesn’t love the simplicity and functionality (think neutral color schemes and clean lines) of all that Scandinavian fashion encompasses? Here’s a few shops and designers that I would recommend you looking into, whether it’s for yourself or if you’re looking to bring back gifts for family and friends:

  • HOPE: clothing brand best known for its androgynous designs
  • Design House Stockholm: a Scandinavian design chain offering clothing, home and interior products, even porcelain items
  • WHYRED: offering sleek clothing designs inspired by the college-prep look
  • ACNE: Swedish label known for its jeans collection and accessories line
  • Ordning & Reda: design shop offering modern designs, everything from pens and notebooks to bags and wallets
  • Designtorget: contemporary design chain offering toys, knickknacks, books and more (several locations within the city)
  • and of course, who could forget H&M: visit the flagship store including it’s interior design shop H&M Home

Now would be a good time to visit these shops to do a little early Christmas shopping, wouldn’t you say? Or perhaps you’re just lusting for that something special to wear at the university’s next pub crawl?

Design lover,

Olivia


Stockholm Museum Recommendations.

Hej allihopa!

Hopefully by now, you have all visited at least one museum during your time here in Stockholm (preferably more even). This beautiful city has a number of amazing and diverse museums available for public viewing, whether your interests lies in nature, design, Swedish history, Swedish naval history, art, sculptures, even classic children’s books if that’s what you’re into!

If you’re not sure what you’re interested in seeing, here’s a list of my favorite museums here in Stockholm:

  • Swedish Museum of Natural History and Cosmonova: exhibitions on forest animals, whales, and even some of the earliest species of humans on Earth. (Tip: located about 5 minutes walk away from Stockholm Univerisity’s campus, or take to the Red Line to Universitet)
  • Millesgården: a fabulous museum that includes a sculpture park, antiques collection, and art gallery. (Tip: located 15 minutes from downtown Stockholm
  • Skansen: founded in 1891 and one of the world’s first open-air museums, you surely don’t want to miss your opportunity to experience the historic homes and gardens while seeing for yourself how traditional pastimes looks place. (Tip: Skansen is also home to Stockholm’s only zoo! Also, if you’re planning on visiting this month, be sure to look at when the Christmas Market will take place)
  • Swedish History Museum: home to the world’s biggest collection of Viking Age objects, this museum is definitely a must-see! (Tip: if you’re a history buff, this is definitely the museum for you)

So go on, plan a day trip out to one of these museums or take a day from your next free weekend. Add a little Swedish culture and history to your adventure here in Stockholm!

Culture lover,

Olivia


Accommodation for International Students.

Finding a place to live in Stockholm is hard. Finding and securing a place to live when you’re not from Sweden and aren’t accommodated with how things work here is even harder. Hence this post to give you an extra boost of information for this complex and extremely frustrating process.

Knowing where to look first off is probably a good place to start the process – where, you might ask:

And as a golden rule: never pay a ‘deposit’ without first seeing the apartment for yourself and signing a agreement/contract. Be careful, be persistent, and don’t lose hope – this process is hard, but definitely not impossible! Otherwise, all us international students would be living on the streets and we surely aren’t in that predicament.

Your truly,

Olivia


Celebrating Thanksgiving in Sweden.

Hello all you lovely readers!

The wonderful time of year has come where we once again celebrate Thanksgiving and taking the time to give thanks to all that we are blessed to have in life- our family, friends, bountiful food, youth and of course, our education.

As an American, I am especially fond of this holiday. Besides, once Thanksgiving is over, Christmas is that much closer to arriving, am I right or am I right? Always celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, I wanted to share with you all pictures from my own little Thanksgiving dinner here abroad in Stockholm, Sweden. Although our meal may not be as big and abundant as it usually is back at home in the United States, its the meaning and memories made behind all these festivities (and gorging on food) that makes the holiday, wouldn’t you say? 

Take a look!  Our menu this year consisted of: 

  • Roasted basil chicken
  • Roasted vegetarian chicken (Quorn)
  • Garlicky Scalloped Potatoes topped with Swedish Präst cheese
  • Squash and Corn Casserole topped with Parmesan Italian breadcrumbs
  • Roasted Vegetables (Celery root, Fennel, Tomatoes, Potatoes)
  • Orange Plum Sauce
  • Honey-glazed Carrots
  • Pepper Gravy
  • Freshly baked bread (bought)
  • Swedish Pear Cider
  • Plum Pie (not pictured)

Everything on the menu aside from the loaf of bread and cider was homemade!

Happy Thanksgiving, good folks! Count your blessings and give thanks to friends (both new and old) and family – near and far!

Olivia


The Lowdown on Personnummers.

Hej allihopa!

Alright, let’s be honest here: most of you new to Stockholm University and Sweden are a little bit confused regarding all this personnummer/personal identity number fuss. Am I right? (I know I was for quite some time there when I first arrived)

Well, here’s a post dedicated to clearing it up once and for all. 

  • When you first arrive at the university, you will most likely not have a permanent personnummer, therefore you will be assigned a temporary one called a T-number (the difference here from the ‘real’ one is that the last four digits are fictive and thus can only be used within Stockholm University’s database, so don’t go trying to use it at a bank or whatnot).
    • Other institutions such as banks might also assign a fictive temporary number for you to use within their databases, but I would personally recommend you wait for your real one before signing up for accounts outside the university to avoid future confusion and hassles).
  • If you’re an international student who will be studying here in Sweden for 12 months or longer, you must apply for a ‘real’ permanent personnummer through the tax agency, Skatteverket.
    • For this you will need: 
      1. A valid passport
      2. A letter of acceptance/Notification of Selection Results from your university application as proof of your admission to a Swedish university
      3. A registration certificate
      4. A temporary address (or permanent if you have one)
      5. Information regarding if and which residence permit you hold

There! As mentioned above, applying for and receiving your personnummer will all be done through Skatteverket and if there is any changes to any of the information provided to them, you must change and inform them immediately! (also to avoid future hassles, which trust me, there will be if you don’t stay on top of updating your info).

Until next time,

Olivia


Eating out in Stockholm.

To all hungry college students:

It should not be a surprise that eating out can be expensive in Sweden. It should be even less of a surprise that eating out in the capital of Sweden can be even more expensive. Yes, I’m talking about Stockholm.

With a wide range of fantastic culinary experiences, delicious meals and date nights can rack up quite the bill. But do not fear, you can still eat out as a student and have all these wonderful foodie experiences – just not every Friday night.

For example, I myself last night dined out at the Swedish sushi chain SushiYama, which actually wasn’t too shabby of an experience at all, for the total amount of 169kr. Since I shared my meal with another person, it technically only came out to 85kr a pop – not too bad if you ask me! See what I ordered below (in addition, miso soup came with the meal for the both of us):


My point is, eating out on a budget is not an impossible feat, even in ridiculously pricy Stockholm. I will include a few links that I would highly suggest all you food-loving students check out for some extra examples of cheap (but still extremely yummy eats) restaurant and meal options. Click on the bullet points and it will direct you to the site/page/app I’m talking about:

Trevlig måltid allihopa!