Category Archives: Sweden

“How to marry a Swedish woman”. Or man.

I get so many nice emails from you guys! Every now and then someone decides to drop me a line saying something kind. Even when I was absent from here, people stumbled upon my blog and told me how much they liked it – daily!

However, I get so many odd letters, too. People read this article on dating in Sweden (which is the most popular article on this site, it gets thousands of hits every week). Then they notice the name of the website. To them, the words Swedish Love Affair must be suggesting it’s a dating site.

Not only do some strangers wish to “get to know” me better. Some are also asking me about “hooking up with a Swedish woman”. Or a Swedish man. “How to marry a Swedish woman?” is a common question, “how to marry a Swedish man?” is another. Yeah, if I knew the answer I would have done it already, wouldn’t I? Haha!

Some people send me short versions of their biographies and attach photos to make it easier for me too hook them up with someone. They all tell me they’re nice and kind people. Maybe I should start an agency? Swedish Love Affair – dive into a love affair! That would be my slogan.

No, seriously. I’m considering filtering my email so it would sort out certain keywords. ‘Marry’ would be one of them for me.

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Sweden at the Sochi winter Olympic Games 2014

The Olympic Games of 2014 have become historical for Sweden. The fact is that Sweden has never won as many medals during winter games as this time.
I’ve been following the Olympics religiously  (as many of you know, we don’t own a TV, so I watch it online) and I can be nothing but proud of the Swedish athletes! Fourteen medals so far, and we are getting one tomorrow as well! Sweden is to meet Canada in the ice hockey final tomorrow. And we are aiming for gold!

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What I saw today

What about ten babies at once?

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Statistics about parenthood and family trends in Sweden

This graph is from Statistics Sweden, and shows the average age at which Swedes become mothers (orange line) and fathers (blue line).

I get a lot of questions about family trends in Sweden, and I’ll try to answer some of them them in this post.

In Sweden the trend is that people are putting off starting a family for longer and longer. 40 years ago the average age to start a family in Sweden was 24 for women and 26 for men. Today the average is 29 for women and 32 for men, and more and more women are over 40 when they have their first child. Both Hannes and I will be 24 when we become parents, so we’re considered to be pretty young. Last week we were to a parenthood meeting for the couples who are going to become parents in February 2013 (there were about twenty couples), and needless to say, we were the youngest couple by far.

I’m the first of all my close friends to have a baby, and I don’t have many friends of friends that are parents, either. In general, Swedes today want to get different things down before they settle down and start a family. For many people that means graduating from college, getting their career going and finding a home where they can see themselves stay for many years (many of my friends of my age, however, say that they hope to start a family at 27. I guess, we’ll have to wait and see what happens in three years!).

This seems to be a trend in Europe as a whole. UK women wait the longest; on average they become mothers at 30.

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Celebrating lots of Christmasses

Over the last few days, I’ve been to several Christmas celebrations. I’ve been with my family, with Hannes’ mum’s and dad’s families. This has meant lots of Christmas food and many presents.

As expected, we got some new baby clothes and gift cards to a baby shop. Tomorrow I’m going to visit this shop and see if I can find something on the boxing day sale.
I’d love to hear what you got!

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Merry Christmas is God jul in Swedish

Merry Christmas everyone! We had a pretty hectic Christmas Eve, so unfortunately I didn’t have the time to make a post yesterday, even though that’s when we actually celebrate Christmas in Sweden. But of course many of you celebrate today, on the 25th, so here’s my favorite Christmas photo this year.
My mum dressed up our dog as Santa. Merry Christmas!!

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Gingerbread houses

Today I was presented with two gingerbread houses! What a wonderful gift in these Christmas times, right?

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