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Facts About Stockholm, Sweden: The Magical City

Stockholm is the capital largest city of Sweden and constitutes the largest population in the Scandinavia area. As of 2010 Stockholm’s population comprises approximately 22% of Sweden’s population. It is believed that the city was founded in the early 1200 century probably around 1187. It’s strategically located on 14 islands on the Southcentral east coast of Sweden just at the mouth of Lake Malaren. The popularity of Stockholm is renowned worldwide since it has been nominated as a global city and was ranked the 24th best city in the world. The city is also one of Europe’s top ten cities and the best city of all Scandinavia.  Stockholm being the capital also holds a lot of important offices in its territory. Some of these offices are the office of the Swedish parliament, the office of the national governmeMalaren and like it and it even holds the offices of the country’s monarch. The word Stockholm in the local language means two things stock for islet and holm for fortification. The city was believed to be built by Birger Jarl in order to protect Sweden from an invasion of foreign navies and to prevent the destruction of coastal towns like Lake Malaren and Sigtuna.  Throughout the centuries from its founding day, the city has played an important role in the country of Sr giving Sweden and in Europe as a whole. The early establishments of trade routes and shipping monopolies of Stockholm paved the way for making Stockholm or giving the city ample time to lead Europe in trade and economics.

The 16th century Stockholm’s economics has been so popular that its attraction to immigrants increased since a lot of immigrants looking for work would try to check their luck with the opportunities provided for by Stockholm’s booming economy. The economic developments did not hinder the cultural aspect of the city as a matter of fact under the leadership of Gustav III the cultural development of the city of Stockholm has flourished.
Although the great northern war stagnated the economic development of the city it immediately recovered in the early 1900s and regained its economic position. This was achieved through its pioneering advances in science and technologically logy as the trend shifted from labor-intensive industries to a more technologically dependent means of production.
Stockholm has a moderate climate when you compare it to other places of similar latitude or even further south. Summers are warm and pleasant with daytime temperatures ranging from 20-22 degrees Celsius and the lowest would be 13 degrees Celsius. The winters are cold with an average of temperature ranging from -5 degrees to one degree Celsius and the lowest recorded would be -15 degrees Celsius with spring and autumn characterized generally from cool to mild.

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm is known today as Gamla stan, the Stockholm Old Town. This is simply because the development of Gamla stan coincided for many centuries with the history of Sweden and not just because it is the capital city.
Stockholm splits into two distinct parts – Stock-holm, “Log-islet”, the most established explanation for which is that logs once were driven into the strait passing north of today’s old town were examined through dendrochronological examination during the 1970s to have dated back around 1,000 years ago. Or that, in search of a new settlement the Vikings determine its location with a log bound with gold drifting in Lake Malaren that landed on present-day Riddarholmen where today the Tower of Birger Jarl stands. But, as there have been no solid proofs found to sustain this myth, it was assumed that the Three Crown Castle which originated from these wooden structures that expanded around in the mid 13th century is rather the location probably found by the Vikings. The Three Crown Castle is what has preceded the present Stockholm Palace. The name Stockholm though first appeared in historical records in letters in 1252 written by Birger jarl and king Valdemar.
It was known that German merchants invited by Birger jarl played an important role in the foundation of the city as they have contributed in its fast growth as the largest city in Sweden around the end of the 13th century when it was then the de facto Swedish political center and royal residence. This made it also the most important Swedish city inseparable from and dependent on the Swedish government.
This actually made Stockholm very crucial to those who aspired to be in control of Sweden. The city was repeatedly besieged by various Swedish-Danish fractions during the Kalmar Union (1397-1523). This started in 1471 at the Battle of Brunkeberg where Sten Sture the Elder defeated Christian I of Denmark, but in 1947 lost the city to Hans of Denmark. Eventually, Sten Sture again seized power in 1501 which resulted in a short piece with the Danish blockade that lasted to 1509. Then, in 1520 Christian II of Denmark, Han’s son conquered it in the so-called Stockholm Bloodbath where many leading nobles and burghers were beheaded. It was three years later when King Gustav Vasa finally conquered back the city. By the end of the 15th century with an estimated 5,000-7,000 population, Stockholm was a small town though far larger than any other city then in Sweden. It was during the reign of Gustav Vasa that the privileges of the city were restored.
The people of Stockholm also adapted a Swedish culture that has by large been drawn from its early Viking influence as a world power in the 17th century. Through this they developed a distinct culture free from outside influences and were able to sustain peace and neutrality throughout the entire 20th century, increasing Sweden’s economic strength. With this freedom and richness its people, who speak English as a second language aside from being much like the Danish and Norwegian in speaking the Germanic language, can effectively communicate across country lines leaving their mark on the rest of the world.

History

We cannot tell enough about the history of Stockholm if we are not to say something of what is known today as Gamla stan, the Stockholm Old Town. This is simply because the development of Gamla stan coincided for many centuries with the history of Sweden and not just because it is the capital city.

It was said that Stockholm splits into two distinct parts – Stock-holm, “Log-islet”, the most established explanation for which is that logs once were driven into the strait passing north of today’s old town were examined through dendrochronological examination during the 1970s to have dated back around 1,000 years ago. Or that, in search of a new settlement the Vikings determine its location with a log bound with gold drifting in Lake Malaren that landed on present-day Riddarholmen where today the Tower of Birger Jarl stands. But, as there have been no solid proofs found to sustain this myth, it was assumed that the Three Crown Castle which originated from these wooden structures that expanded around in the mid 13th century is rather the location probably found by the Vikings. The Three Crown Castle is what has preceded the present Stockholm Palace. The name Stockholm though first appeared in historical records in letters in 1252 written by Birger jarl and king Valdemar.

It was known that German merchants invited by Birger jarl played an important role in the foundation of the city as they have contributed in its fast growth as the largest city in Sweden around the end of the 13th century when it was then the de facto Swedish political center and royal residence. This made it also the most important Swedish city inseparable from and dependent on the Swedish government.

This actually made Stockholm very crucial to those who aspired to be in control of Sweden. The city was repeatedly besieged by various Swedish-Danish fractions during the Kalmar Union (1397-1523). This started in 1471 at the Battle of Brunkeberg where Sten Sture the Elder defeated Christian I of Denmark, but in 1947 lost the city to Hans of Denmark. Eventually, Sten Sture again seized power in 1501 which resulted in a short piece with the Danish blockade that lasted to 1509. Then, in 1520 Christian II of Denmark, Han’s son conquered it in the so-called Stockholm Bloodbath where many leading nobles and burghers were beheaded. It was three years later when King Gustav Vasa finally conquered back the city. By the end of the 15th century with an estimated 5,000-7,000 population, Stockholm was a small town though far larger than any other city then in Sweden. It was during the reign of Gustav Vasa that the privileges of the city were restored.

People

The people of Stockholm adopted a Swedish culture that has by large been drawn from its early Viking influence as a world power in the 17th century. Through this they developed a distinct culture free from outside influences and were able to sustain peace and neutrality throughout the entire 20th century, increasing Sweden’s economic strength. With this freedom and richness its people, who speak English as a second language aside from being much like the Danish and Norwegian in speaking the Germanic language, can effectively communicate across country lines leaving their mark on the rest of the world. As an example, Alfred Noble the inventor of dynamite was born in Stockholm. Swedish culture is very visible in Stockholm’s people, literature in which Astrid Lindgren who created Pippi Longstocking became the most famous, arts and cinema. Many say that when you visit Stockholm you can take in all of Sweden’s fresh culture.

Yet, because the people of Stockholm was founded by a group of male Vikings and Amazonian female warriors in 1250 in four different areas; Sodermalm, Ostermalm, Vasastan, and  Kungsholmen, they differ in specific characteristics that go for the people living there when we consider the area as a whole. It is more likely that when you are a Sodermalm you are more interested in advertising and to indie music, or that when you are a female then if your middle-class parents put in money to buy you an apartment you would rebel against it and rather move to Sodermalm and come home only once every year during Christmas since your role model is Robyn, or that whether you are a male or female you won’t mind wearing glasses at all times and would rarely put on a suit. Other important characteristics of the Sodelmalmare or people in Sodermalm is that they are strongly environmentalist, with their hatred to the Royal family they would lie that they go to the gym even though they did, vegetarian, football enthusiast through their style of play is slow and boring.
While in Ostermalm, people come from wealthy families and usually are into economics and law, but whether they earn their degrees from either Handelshogkolan or at Stockholm University they are quiet about it. An Ostelmalmare would always want to wear like Patrick Bateman or Ebba von Sydow without really having any idea of who is a made-up-character and who is not. They often spend Saturday nights with a glass of champagne and women drinks for free. Many young men among them dream of dating Princess Madeleine.
In Vasastan, which is the Switzerland of Stockholm, people are more content on having money to buy an apartment within the city and don’t bother themselves to be indie enough or posh enough. They are very neutral, that if you are in search of a good time you would feel you are in the wrong place. They are people who can’t even be compared to the people of Kungsholmen who you will probably understand only when you know what irony and satire are. In this last part of Stockholm, people are sophisticated that if you don’t live there you may not want to go there.

Real Estate

Sweden is the largest country in Scandinavia and the fourth largest in Europe. It is not surprising why many people would like to own a property in its capital and largest city, Stockholm. Not to mention, Stockholm is the heart of Sweden’s economic life and the home of many successful international corporations. If you are one of those many hopeful property buyers you may find this Real Estate in Stockholmguide very helpful.

Stockholm offers many properties available for expatriates. Some property owners would consult websites to present their properties to interested buyers; some of them go to realtors while others would want to have direct negotiation with the buyers. The property would usually offer to sell, rent, or exchange their properties.
Normally realtors are the best way to find a place and make the transactions fast.  They will handle the necessary documents and communicate buying and selling prices with all parties involved.
It is not contractual to have your property valued but fairly common for buyers to hire independent surveyors. When you have satisfied any questions in respect of your purchase a completion date can be agreed through your Real Estate Agent.
It is the responsibility of the buyer to apply for deeds of title within three months of the sale transfer and submit for registration. www.overseasrealestate.co.uk

However, if you think that you can do the task on your own, you might opt to close a deal by talking directly to the owner of the property. They get a more reasonable price especially for rental properties if it is alright with you to stay in an apartment for some time.
You will find checking for sale or for rent properties online useful. You may also join the ex-pat forums to seek their help. Remember that it is important to scout the different property months before your scheduled trip to the city because of the influx of expatriates in the area these properties are usually at a high demand. Try to seek help from someone in the city to look and negotiate for you. In this way, you will be able to move in a hassle-free and cheaper manner.

Living in Stockholm

Expats living in Stockholm feel right at home. This is not surprising because the city has a high quality of life. Stockholm is an exciting place where there are endless things to discover and activities constantly emerge. This is the center of Swedish trade and business life. If you would like to be a part of the community of happy ex-pats living in the city, here are a couple of things you need to know about the city.
Weather in Stockholm can really be unpredictable. Sunny days are often changeable as most of the time Stockholm is cold. Even on sunny days, the wind could make you chill as this seem to be with all seasons. It is normal to experience both sunny-warm and sunny-chilly or sunny-windy periods even during the month of May or summer. Winters are cold but it might not be very freezing. When summer is warm it is not really so hot. It usually is nice in July with an average temperature of +22 degrees Celsius after June when you can enjoy the longest 18 or more hours of daylight. It is much unlike in December when you have only six hours of daylight to enjoy. The sun rises around 8:30 in the morning and sets down before 3:00 in the afternoon not leaving you enough time to go sightseeing.

It is easy to avail of public transportation in the city and in the whole country in general.  Commuters enjoy hassle-free transport offered by Stockholm Local Transport System (SL).  SL provides different modes of transport like buses, trains, tunnelbana, busses, underground and boats throughout the city. Underground stations are marked with T and J for deep blue and train stations with a deep blue respectively. You can purchase a 30-day card for SEK 690 that will provide you with unlimited travel throughout the greater Stockholm area. This is really a very hassle-free and budget-friendly way to get around the city. If you are still schooling, you can also avail discounted season card. You only need to show your valid kth student-ID. You can buy this SL card at the SL Info Centres in the underground, commuter train stations, and in-station convenience stores. There are discounts for frequent travelers if you purchase a set of tickets. www.sl.se
Moreover, you also have to check the city’s education system if you are considering going to school and of course, learn Swedish. The city offers lots of excellent schools for an ex-pat. Public education is free of charge for every resident living in Stockholm and free adult education is provided as well. www.internations.org

Weather

You may not really know the weather in Stockholm when you are on your trip there. Sunny days are often unpredictable as most of the time Stockholm is cold and even though the sun might shine, the wind could make you chill as this seem to be with all seasons. There are those who experienced both sunny-warm and sunny-chilly or sunny-windy periods even during the month of May or summer. Winters are cold but it might not be as cold as think. When summer is warm it is not really so hot yet maybe not as cold as you believed either. It usually is nice in July with an average temperature of +22 degrees Celsius after June when you can enjoy the longest 18 or more hours of daylight which sounds to feel good to last forever to some people. It is much unlike in December when you have only six hours of daylight to enjoy. The sun rises around 8:30 in the morning and sets down before 3:00 in the afternoon not leaving you enough time to go sightseeing.

There is even no particular rainy season when we have to consider the Average Temperature: in spring – maximum 4-15 degrees C (39-59 degrees F), minimum 3-5 degrees Celsius (27-41 degrees F); in summer, 19-22 degrees Celsius (66-71 degrees Fahrenheit), minimum – 10-14 degrees C (50-57 degrees F); in autumn, maximum – 5-17 degrees C (41-63 degrees F), minimum – 1-9 degrees C (34 -49 degrees F); in winter, maximum – 0-1 degrees C (32-34 degrees F), minimum – -3- -2 degrees C (27-30 degrees F); and, the Water Temperature in winter is around 2 degrees C (36 degrees F), while in summer around 16 degrees C (60 degrees F) in average. These, do not go beyond these readings.

Perhaps, the best guide to have is the weathered figure from January to December based on Average temperature in Celsius (min, max): Jan. -5C, -1C, Feb. -5C, -1C, March -4C, 3C, April 1C, 8C, May 6C, 14C, June 11C, 19C July 14C, 22C August 13C, 20C September 9C, 15C October 5C, 9C November 1C, 5C, and December -2C, -2C, approximately.

The Language

When you decide to move to Stockholm, you must have considered going to a Swedish School.  Besides, learning Swedish might indeed be productive when you want to stay in the city for a long time.  It will certainly help you relate to the locals and to your new environment. Not to mention, it will give you an advantage in some business and occupational opportunities. Here’s an overview of the Swedish language and some of the top Swedish schools in the city.
Swedish is a language that originated from North Germany.  It is the widely used language predominantly in Sweden, Finland and along its coast and on the Åland islands.  During the Viking Era, it is the common language of the people living in Scandinavia. Also, with approximately 10 million speakers worldwide Swedish is currently the largest North Germanic language.

Swedish Institute (SI).  If you are still in your home country, you can learn Swedish before going to Stockholm by enrolling in the Swedish Institute.
One of the main tasks of the Swedish Institute is to be a liaison and provide services that facilitate instruction in Swedish language and literature at universities and university colleges abroad.
Swedish instruction is provided at some 220 universities in over 40 countries worldwide, except Africa. The greatest concentration of university-level Swedish instruction is found in Germany, the United States, and Russia. Swedish is often included in degree programs in Germanic languages, Scandinavian studies or the equivalent. Instruction is largely provided by non-Swedes.
Website:  https://www.si.se/English/Navigation/Learning-Swedish

Stockholm University.  Stockholm University offers a range of courses and programs in the Swedish language, designed especially for international students and visitors and run by the Department of Scandinavian Languages.
Website: https://www.su.se/english/study/courses/swedish-courses

Folkuniversitetet. The school now offers SFI courses. SFI is a service offered to foreigners through the Swedish government. SFI courses are held in various locations throughout the city. They work with all language skills – speaking, reading, listening and writing, instruction is in Swedish from the start, small groups are an important part of teaching for maximal use of the language, a language Lab where you can practice and do extra exercises and vocational language training.
Website:  https://yourlivingcity.com/stockholm-guide/sfi-offered-folkuniversitet

Language School

For most ex-pat in Stockholm learning Swedish is very important. It will certainly help you relate to the locals and to your new environment. However, going to school can be expensive. But there’s good news for immigrants in Stockholm. The government offers free Swedish classes through SFI. SFI is a service offered to foreigners and held in various locations throughout the city. It provides you with basic knowledge not only with Swedish language but also with Swedish culture and tradition. There’s also an option for people who prefer a more academic environment by enrolling for a class at school. Here’s a list of some of the top Swedish schools in the city.

Stockholm University.  Stockholm University offers a range of courses and programs in the Swedish language, designed especially for international students and visitors and run by the Department of Scandinavian Languages.
Website: https://www.su.se/english/study/courses/swedish-courses

Folkuniversitetet. The school now offers SFI courses. SFI is a service offered to foreigners through the Swedish government. SFI courses are held in various locations throughout the city. They work with all language skills – speaking, reading, listening and writing, instruction is in Swedish from the start, small groups are an important part of teaching for maximal use of the language, language Lab where you can practice and do extra exercises and vocational language training.
Website:  https://yourlivingcity.com/stockholm-guide/sfi-offered-folkuniversitet

Swedish Institute (SI).  If you are still in your home country, you can learn Swedish before going to Stockholm by enrolling in the Swedish Institute.
One of the main tasks of the Swedish Institute is to be a liaison and provide services that facilitate instruction in Swedish language and literature at universities and university colleges abroad.
Swedish instruction is provided at some 220 universities in over 40 countries worldwide, except Africa. The greatest concentration of university-level Swedish instruction is found in Germany, the United States, and Russia. Swedish is often included in degree programs in Germanic languages, Scandinavian studies or the equivalent. Instruction is largely provided by non-Swedes.
Website:  https://www.si.se/English/Navigation/Learning-Swedish

Jobs in Stockholm

Finding a job in Stockholm can be challenging for ex-pats but it is not impossible if you know where to look and be able to get a work permit. Here’s an overview of Jobs in Stockholm.

To get a job if you are in ex-pat you must possess a work permit in Stockholm. You will get a residence permit if you get hired in a company for at least three months if not, your entry visa and work permit will be enough.
Try to visit the Swedish embassy in your home country. The final decision about whether or not work permits are granted is made by Sweden Migration Board. Work permits are typically approved for up to twelve months, or until the job is expected to end if the position is anticipated to be less than one year in duration. If you possess a written work offer for employment in Sweden on form AMS PF1704, guarantee from employer of minimum salary to be paid in accordance with a Swedish collective wage agreement and arrangements for accommodations in Sweden then you may be eligible for a work permit. However, there is no guarantee that one will be granted.
The truth is getting a job in the city if you are not a citizen can be tough since the citizens are given priority in most cases. However, you will have a greater chance of employment if you have been granted an international exchange program. For English speaking professionals, there are also companies exclusively hiring people for positions that require fluency in English.
Don’t lose hope when seeking employment in the city. It might be best for you to first seek employment with an international exchange program so you can familiarize yourself with what it is like to live and work in the country. Also, it might be easier for you to be hired if you are already in Stockholm and would personally present yourself to the companies. And who knows your credentials and experiences might really amaze them and you’ll really get that dream. jobs.lovetoknow.com/Jobs_in_Sweden

Expatriate

If you want to live in Stockholm and you would like to take the wonderful opportunity to stay there for good, make sure you have taken into account the things that you need to consider before you take the leap. This section gives you a guide of what it is like to live in Stockholm.

Real Estate in Stockholm. Stockholm offers many properties available for expatriates. Some property owners would consult websites to present their properties to interested buyers; some of them go to realtors while others would want to have direct negotiation with the buyers. The property would usually offer to sell, rent, or exchange their properties.

Living in Stockholm. Expats living in Stockholm feel right at home. This is not surprising because the city has a high quality of life. Stockholm is an exciting place where there are endless things to discover and activities constantly emerge. This is the center of Swedish trade and business life. If you would like to be a part of the community of happy ex-pats living in the city, here are a couple of things you need to know about the city.

Moving in Stockholm. When moving to Stockholm, you need information about life in the city. You have to discover and learn from the genuine experiences of the expatriate community. It would be helpful to read and participate in ex-pat forums and blogs. Here are some important things to remember before moving to Stockholm.
At least three months prior to moving, you may have to obtain visas, work permits, and other legal documents. The sort which belongings you want to bring with you to Stockholm and which things you want to leave behind. Also, consider that it might be better to purchase things in the city instead of bringing this stuff with you. Make a list of all you need to have and do.  Careful planning will help the move go without hassle. Visit  Moving in Stockholm.

Studying in Stockholm. When planning to live in Stockholm, you also have to consider the city’s education system if you are considering going to school and of course, learn Swedish. Stockholm offers lots of excellent schools for an ex-pat.  Public education is free of charge for every resident living in Stockholm and free adult education is provided as well. Visit Studying in Stockholm.

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