Living Abroad-Reflections After Six Months in Sweden Part 3: Work & Snow!

Living abroad in Sweden work snow a slight technical glitch this morning…here is part 3!!!  Living abroad here in Sweden, Dadda’s job has worked out very well too.  Back in the UK there is the practice of people not wanting to be seen leaving before anyone else (regardless of having done their hours), as it seems to be almost a competition of who can work the most (much to his unhappiness)!  Here, no one is staying beyond the end of their hours, and you’d be thought insane to do so!  This makes such a difference to one’s outlook on work, and puts it in its place, and family time first.  They also make sure fika is continued in the work place.  This is a Swedish concept, with no direct English translation, but generally translates taking a break with a coffee, a bun, and a chat.  They actively encourage you to step away from your desk and take a (paid) break.

Then there is the white stuff….lots and lots of white stuff!  Don’t get me wrong, you need to like the cold, the winter, the dark, and wearing warm hats and 2 pairs of trousers for 6 months of the year, and enjoy a good workout digging your car out.  However if you do, this is the place for you.  I was even told tonight, they hadn’t had a proper winter this year!!  Well, we have been very happy with lots of sledging, dozens of snowmen, and hundreds of snowballs thrown!  I can see though, if you are a sunshine, warm weather person, this is definitely not the place for you!  For us though, having four clearly defined seasons is amazing 🙂

Tomorrow I will conclude this little series on how we have found life since living abroad in Sweden.  I will be looking at how the home is the heart of our family, and how Swedish our home and living has become.  Plus I will be considering what happens if we find out it is not for us…….

Living Abroad in Sweden work and snow


Living Abroad – Reflections After Six Months in Sweden Part 2: School and Go Slowly.


Living Abroad-Reflections After Six Months in Sweden Part 4: Home is Where the Heart Is.


  1. John Hagger

    When I worked in Stockholm I noticed that at close of business it was a rush to get out of the door, and within a few minutes I was the only onle left; but being on my own why go back to my digs; no one there! So I worked on.

    Also I noticed the fika breaks and how even the senior managers sat amongst the “normal” staff. Another thing I noticed, and probably less noticeable now, is the equal society the Swedes had.

    I loved working in Sweden and can understand why you like it too.

    • They are still very much into their Fika and their equality. It is amazing to have an excuse to eat cake so much!!

  2. I thought the UK had quite distinct seasons but it seems like winter is just a grey mess and none of the white stuff. I love snow though so it would be fun to see a lot of it (for a while at least I’m sure)!

    • Yes, it is so nice. Autumn is a little longer here with the vibrant leaves being around for more weeks, then there is the snow in winter, and spring wakes up very slowly! Summer is beautiful and warm.

  3. We lived in Denmark when I was growing up, and I imagine it’s very similar. I love the scandi outlook on life and family.

  4. I’m not sure I could cope with the snow for so long! Don’t mind it for a little bit! Love the sound of the work attitude though

    • It’s been fab!! Life is not run at the same pace here and a bit of snow does not stop the world going round 🙂

  5. Love the sound of fika. That’s how a coffee break should be taken. Great that they put family first x

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