5 Things That Shocked Me About Sweden - Just a Brit Abroad
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In today's video, I'm exploring the top 5 things that shocked me after I moved to Sweden! As you guys know by now, I moved to Sweden just over 2 years ago now, so I thought it would be fun to count down some of the things that caught me by surprise when I arrived. I'd love to hear if you recognise any of the experiences I'm talking about in the comments below!

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  • Maria Giuse
    Maria Giuse

    Nice

  • Sarcastic slob
    Sarcastic slob

    Everything closes here in july? Thats a strange one, becuse i have often taken vacction in july becuse i feel its the most open time of the year 🤣

    • Sarcastic slob
      Sarcastic slob

      @Just a Brit Abroad Think i might said it wrong, becuse you are the only One i heard thats says july everything is closed.. for me is the oposite, everything is opened 🤣 I think the same as you, but about August Also, i am the rare kind of people that uses My vacction in july, everyone i talked too is either half july and half August or the most Common: whole vacction in August 🤣

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      haha but you've proved my point exactly!! you take vacation, just like everybody else takes vacation - which is what I was trying to say. All the businesses close down in July so everyone can take vaccation! haha

  • Paddegroda
    Paddegroda

    Me a sweadish person who is sitting in my room with sweats in july both my parents are having some time of and my dad is building a grill area just outside my window.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      haha wow, I've never seen this video proved so right in so few words until this comment haha. hope you enjoyed the video though by the way, and thanks for stopping by! enjoy your summer!

  • treintaydiez
    treintaydiez

    Frown up for not being perpetually at work? So England is a lot like that US

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      I don't know if I'd go that far to be honest! the impression I get is that they take it to extremes. but in England, the average person certainly seems to be a bit more flexible with their finishing time than I've seen here at least. of course, doesn't mean that's the case for everyone!

  • The Australian Health Show
    The Australian Health Show

    You could do a great video about Swedish Rugby :) look up the local teams and film and do some interviews you would do a great video about it.

    • The Australian Health Show
      The Australian Health Show

      @Just a Brit Abroad haha

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      ooh that's a good idea! I've not tackled sport yet... get it😉

  • The Australian Health Show
    The Australian Health Show

    great video :) I subbed this channel nice perspective of Sweden and Swedish people.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      thanks man! so fun that you thought so! there's lots more to come - I upload twice a week on a Wednesday and Sunday - so hopefully I'll be able to offer lots more perspectives as the weeks roll by. Anything you'd particular like to see me cover?

  • Swapnil Lomate
    Swapnil Lomate

    Very well said. I agree to all of them.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      thanks man! glad you enjoyed the video and could relate. plenty more on the way!

  • Göran Karlsson
    Göran Karlsson

    Yrkesfolk är för fegisar! Friskt kopplat - hälften brunnet!

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      haha är det så?

  • Märta Henningsson
    Märta Henningsson

    Jag e svensk, notice me

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      hejjjj!

  • KataM
    KataM

    The background to eating sweets on Saturday is that dental health in Sweden was rather bad back in the days. In the 50s experiments proved that suger caused dental caries. After that, Medicinalstyrelsen made a campaign to get people to eat more candy once a week rather than a little every now and then, and launched the concept of 'lördagsgodis'.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      oh really? I didn't realise it had come from an experiment! These days, i think its a really good method for limiting sugar intake for children!

  • Intellectual Dumbbell
    Intellectual Dumbbell

    I have four weeks holiday and everyone is entitled to it according to law. the fifth that is also paid, I always choose to use for the rest of the year or I can choose to save it. I now have 35 vacation days saved that I can choose to use, for example, when I go abroad on vacation.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      that's right! they sure are🤗 wow, you've done well to save so much of your vacation though - is there something in particular that you're saving it for?

  • Baron Von Jo
    Baron Von Jo

    I mean the pictures are nice and it does seem nice. But I think I would legitimately be on the border of suicide. Simply based off weather. Weather in South Carolina especially winter is hard enough. Going somewhere even worst. No thank you. They must be built different.

    • Baron Von Jo
      Baron Von Jo

      @Just a Brit Abroad And on a side note I heard recently that Volvo just built a new production plant near Charleston (I hope you possibly heard of that city, it's our most famous, just saying it for reference of where) and I looked them up to see what cars the made but I found a good number of negative reviews from employees. Lots of them said that the mangament treats employees bad and wants them to work long hours and basically live there. But based on the swedish work culture it's just sad that if they get the chance they wont implement their great work ethic if the law dosnt require it. I'm sure Volvo plants in Sweden are really good to work at but if they get the chance they will work workers to the bone. Is this a common practice with Swedish companies who have foreign stores, factories etc? Though maybe the Chinese owned bit of it makes them work like that. I was just curious on your take of it. Imagine if all Europen companies that have operations in the US used their native work cultures which are arguably better than ours. It would cause competition for benefits and the skilled workers between companies. And maybe American companies would have to raise their benefits to attract talent. Because I can tell you nobody here is getting 5 weeks of vacation when they start off.

    • Baron Von Jo
      Baron Von Jo

      @Just a Brit Abroad Alright I live in the upstate which consists of a lot of hills which lead up to the Appalachian mountains so that effects our weather probably. Summers are very humid and hot. And autumn and spring are just crazy it will get super hot and super cold randomly. Like in the middle of may this year in the middle of the day it was so cold I could see my breath where not even a week ago it was 90 degrees. It's just crazy. Winters though. It's too warm to get snow and it always hovers around slightly above freezing. But it gets cloudy a lot and the biggest biggest issue is the lack of color. All the trees and plants die so your just left with brown's and greys for months. I dont mind cold at all. Sweden being further north will obviously get a lot less sunlight compared to what in use too even Stockholm. I'm sure it's not all bad but I dont see how this boi who struggles down here could live up there lol

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      What's the weather like in South Carolina like in the winter out of interest? Yeah, the weather can be tough sometimes, but I guess you learn to adapt and to find the "fun" sides of the cold. Its the darkness i find more difficult

  • cat
    cat

    Eöööö I can unfortunately not agree regarding the sweets thing. “Lördagsgodis” or Saturday sweets .. is for kids? :) .. this so that they don’t eat candy during the week days :) When I lived in England I believe that it was more adults eating sweets than in Sweden :) We do love our fika, but fika is 90% of the time just coffee :)

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      oh really? interesting to get another perspective on this! I'm totally onboard with the lördagsgodis tradition though, I love it! though I'd be surprised if we ate as many sweets as the Swedes seem to. Would be fun to be able to compare though!

  • cat
    cat

    Our contact with the nature has a lot to do with our “allemansrätt”. Google it, it’s great! :)

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      Good point Cat! I actually talked about allemansrätten in another video - great policy to have!

  • Beacon of Wierd
    Beacon of Wierd

    Electrical is a thing people shouldn’t do on their own :p Recently moved into an appartment where someone had drilled a hole through a metal casing with live wires inside it, stuck a new wire in there and just left sharp metal pieces sticking out of the hole. I noticed this because when we were painting we had to remove the plastic cover and the sharp metal pieces cut through the wires and the the breakers flipped.

    • Beacon of Wierd
      Beacon of Wierd

      @Just a Brit Abroad called an electrician and he fixed the problem :p

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      completely agree with you here, leave electrics to the professionals🙏🏻 otherwise we end up with situations like you just described, not ideal!! hope you figured it out!

  • George V. Georgeson
    George V. Georgeson

    The Swedes definitely eat a lot of sweets, but I think their neighbors Norwegians and Danes with tax on sugary products help them a lot with the "bodyweight" consumption statistics. :-) They come to Sweden to buy sweets and other things because of the lower taxes and because it is cheaper in general... and it all counts as "swedish" consumption.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      is that so George? I didn't know sweets was another one of those things that the Norwegians and the Danes travel for - I thought it was just groceries and alcohol😆

  • Agge
    Agge

    As a swede, I honestly didn't know other countries didn't have Lördagsgodis!(saturday candy/sweets) It's such a fundamental "tradition" for me!

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      nooope! we've been deprived our whole lives Agge!! can you imagine?! that's real pain for you😅 never will I be without them again!!😆

  • Denny Sigfalk
    Denny Sigfalk

    If you work extra you have right to extrapay (overtidsersättning) overtimewages

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      You sure do😃unless your contract specifies that you're reimbursed some other way of course

  • Slashley gibbins
    Slashley gibbins

    The beautiful blonde women are, well, blonde and beautiful.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      jajamen!

  • Andrew Dewar
    Andrew Dewar

    I love this Channel. We also have a Scandinavian store inspired and extracted from the street, urban culture, and Iceland and Sweden. Check stuff out at great prices! Fashion and Home @t

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      Thanks Andrew! Feel free to reach out via email if you want to explore collaboration opportunities!

  • Jessica
    Jessica

    It's funny because the thing that shocked me the most when I left Sweden was how useless people were att DIYs 😂 I mean, sure we don't know how to do everything in Sweden but if you want to do it just try. Things usually work out. And I've always been more pleased with my own results than the results of others, which just makes it incredibly fulfilling

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      exactly Jessica!! You guys are really good at working it out for yourselves if you don't know immediately how to do something - whereas I think lots of the rest of us get scared and call for help immediately😅 still though, a good skill to have for sure!! hope you enjoyed the video😊

  • Eva_S
    Eva_S

    There are laws that regulate work. The workweek is 40 hours, on average 8 hours a day. If you work more than 5 hours in a day you MUST have a break of at least 30 minutes no later than 4 hours after you start. Overtime is also heavily regulated and tend to be expensive for employers. Anything more than 40 hours in a week is overtime

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      @Eva_S ah okay! I always think its so interesting to learn how it differs in different countries :)

    • Eva_S
      Eva_S

      @Just a Brit Abroad No, those mandatory 30 minutes (may be more but not less) are your own time and you are free to leave the workplace. Thus it is not paid.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      how interesting Eva! I wasnät familiar with the break rule after working for 5 hours. Interesting! we have a similar system when it comes to regulated hours and overtime in England too, and I think 40 hours is also our cutoff. Though most workplaces pay your lunch break in England, which I've found isn't so often the case in Sweden?

  • Margareta Holmgren
    Margareta Holmgren

    "Industri-semestern".... That's the name of those 4 weeks in July. People working in health care and such have two periods in the summer from June till August so people can have four weeks of summer holiday but not all at the same time.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      ah is that so Margareta? I figured that they would have to have special arrangements in place for people in healthcare, because of course the hospitals can't just shut down for a month when the rest of the country does, but I didn't realise that was how they solved it. Interesting!!

  • Reza Dehkhoda
    Reza Dehkhoda

    Do not swim, sharks are not visible. Dark water.

    • Reza Dehkhoda
      Reza Dehkhoda

      @Just a Brit Abroad ha ha (*_*)?

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      funnily enough, I've heard people make similar comments about England😂

  • Adrian Adam
    Adrian Adam

    I bee lived 10 years...very uncomfortable contry..its mad people

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      @Adrian Adam shame to hear that your impression of England is so negative. there's some really lovely sides of it too!

    • Adrian Adam
      Adrian Adam

      @Just a Brit Abroad England

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      Sweden?

  • Claricee
    Claricee

    we are handy because the introvert in us HATES calling someone and inviting unknown people into our homes... no thanks xD

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      @Lennart Andersson yeah I heard that was the case after posting this video - had no idea it was quite so crazy to pay someone to help!

    • Lennart Andersson
      Lennart Andersson

      @Just a Brit Abroad We are also handy because to hire someone professional costs a fortune.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      hahaha you make a great point😅 if you do it yourself, you don't have to ask someone random😆

  • Joshuar Antonio Cortes López
    Joshuar Antonio Cortes López

    This video is very complete, you really try very hard, very good work 👍🏻

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      thanks Joshuar! really fun that you enjoyed it🤗 there's plenty more on the way, so I hope you'll continue to follow along!! any topics you'd like to see me cover soon?

  • Mikeatthenet
    Mikeatthenet

    Well regarding the long summer vacations, their root is in what we used to call the industrial vacation. In the past the industri used to always close four weeks in July, for reparing machines etc, so at that time most people got four weeks in july. Lately this is less static and severlsl industries tries to spread out vacation over the full summer and aavoid those total stops for the traditionsl four July weeks.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      @Mikeatthenet yeah exactly, globalisation certainly changes things in that way!

    • Mikeatthenet
      Mikeatthenet

      @Just a Brit Abroad Sure. At that time economy was mainly local per country and you could easily close the country for 2-4 weeks. Today business is global and nobody accepts manufacturing to be clised for a month, and people go on vacation more and then it is better to spreaad it out.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      @Mikeatthenet i think it makes sense to spread it out more these days! industry habits have changed after all!

    • Mikeatthenet
      Mikeatthenet

      @Just a Brit Abroad If you google ”Industrisemester” you will get more history on it. Sweden got 2 week vacation law in 1930’s, extended it to 3, 4 and now 5 weeks. As mentioned lately the old ”Industrisemester” when everybody got vacation the same weeks in July is changing and the tendency is to spread it more and the peak is moving into August.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      Ah right? Thanks for the information! I’d figured there might be some industrial history at play here. But interesting to hear that the tides seem to be changing and people seem to be spreading them out more from the traditional weeks!

  • Traveling is FREEDOM
    Traveling is FREEDOM

    This seems to be a very nice place, I hope I can visit sometime in when all this is over. Seeing and sharing places like this is why I love traveling and make videos so much!

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      @Traveling is FREEDOM wow Costa Rica? I've heard amazing things!!

    • Traveling is FREEDOM
      Traveling is FREEDOM

      @Just a Brit Abroad I have actually been there once before in Malmo, I loved it. I am in Costa Rica. Greetings!

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      Ah fantastic! I’m glad you think so☺️ Sweden is beautiful and well worth a visit when you get the chance! Where are you travelling from?

  • Erica Norén
    Erica Norén

    I’m living in England atm but I am from Sweden and I miss allemansrätten so much 😭😭 I feel like a freaking prisoner here in England

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      @Erica Norén yeah that's right! there's quite a lot of opportunity to explore and enjoy out in Scotland! and lots of beautiful landscapes for sure!

    • Erica Norén
      Erica Norén

      @Just a Brit Abroad no not in Wales, Wales is more free, but England sucks! That’s why we go to Wales 😆 And apparently Scotland has something close to allemansrätten a friend of mine said 😁

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      @Erica Norén I actually didn't know it was so restricted in Wales! that's not the impression we get as outsiders, but I appreciate it probably cant compare to the openness of alleansrätten!

    • Erica Norén
      Erica Norén

      @Just a Brit Abroad well Benson is pretty close to Wales so we usually go there 😅 but I still can’t pick berries and walk in whatever field or Forrest I want can i? That’s the trouble 😅 I’m used to just walking outside my door and explore, here I have to drive for an hour to go to a park that allows me to walk on a path 😆

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      Oh really?🙀 what part of England are you in? I know parts are better than others at being open for roaming and exploring so that’s why I ask haha

  • Aslı Şahin
    Aslı Şahin

    how is dating like in sweden? can you find a serious relatinoship

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      oooh good question! its something a couple of people have asked about, so perhaps I'll have to do a video about this soon! not sure I have too much experience on this one though, since I met my girlfriend (Swedish) in London before I moved, and that's how I ended up here, and then we've been together since! but I can try and conjure up some inspiration haha

  • Cecilia Richter
    Cecilia Richter

    I'm a Swedish single woman who owns a house - and I'm not handy at all! I definately need a handyman! And the right one is not easy to find.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      ah no Cecilia! Glad to know I'm not the only un-handy person left in Sweden😂but I must admit, I'm not surprised to hear that its hard to find the right one, especially since everyone seems to DIY their household jobs, there's not a need for many handymen so then its hard to find them!

  • Dano UK
    Dano UK

    As a City boy from Manchester: 1/ It was a 2 hour drive from Arlanda before I saw something that wasn't a tree! 2/ Nipping outside for a smoke at 01.15am and it still being light enough to read the newspaper! 3/ How dark it gets when it actually does manage to get dark! (have never lived in a city here, always rural area). 4/ Needing a visit from the Polis to convince me all the women I'd heard being murdered were actually just foxes being foxes! 5/ Not being able to chat a girl up in public (or anyone really) without them looking at me like I'd just landed from Alpha Centuri and punched them in the face! (Then later realising that just going to the beach I could see them all naked changing into bikini's in full view of everyone!). 6/ Discovering a "slut sale" wasn't anything like I expected it to be! 🤣 😂

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      @Dano UK haha you're kidding?😱😅 that's mental and amazing and totally unexpected... until you know the culture of course😂 and how typical British of us to be confused as hell cause its not Abba they're singing along to😆

    • Dano UK
      Dano UK

      @Just a Brit Abroad - A few mate yeah lol. Like my 1st day in Sweden and visiting my GF's parents.Noticing an old accordian sat in a corner, I asked her father "do you play?"....No idea what he replied but an hour later there was a full scale concert going on in the kitchen after he phoned his friends! Banjo's, fiddles, the works, but no ABBA so I had no clue wtf they were singing! 🤣 😂

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      @Dano UK haha looking forward to hearing more, you must have some hilarious stories to share!!

    • Dano UK
      Dano UK

      @Just a Brit Abroad - No worries mate lol. Plenty more where those came from, (lived here 13 years now) especially the signs!

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      haha these are some amazing reflections😂 especially 4 and 5 gave me a great chuckle haha thanks for sharing buddy!

  • Benji Arehart
    Benji Arehart

    I live in the U.S., and I so want to move to Sweden.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      ah you do? Hopefully my videos will be really helpful for you then🤩 if you subscribe, you can follow and watch my adventures and experiences of Sweden to help prepare you for when you make the move too!!

  • sunflower 🌻
    sunflower 🌻

    The lös godis with his accent pfft

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      haha I'm still trying to work out if my accent was a positive or negative in this scenario😂😂

  • madame Lupinella
    madame Lupinella

    As Swedens little brother (Norwegian), I now do understand why 2 of my aunts moved there in the 1950's. Always loved Sweden.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      how interesting to get a perspective from someone whose lived close to the Swedish lifestyle and culture and has another angle on things. how does it compare to life in Norway?

  • Ilpo Heinola
    Ilpo Heinola

    My Swe employer guarantees me 4 weeks vacation. Last year I had 7 weeks off work due to how my shiflts was arranged. I work 3 weeks and am aoff 13 days.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      7 weeks? Wow, impressive! But you're right about the 4 week guarantee. I misquoted the rule apparently, as lots of people have pointed out to me in the comments that we're allowed longer if we want it🤗

  • Malin W
    Malin W

    Where in Sweden do you live?

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      @Malin W ah I see😊 lots of people assume I'm in Stockholm based on some of the experiences I talk about, so I just assumed that maybe you'd reached the same conclusion😂 you're right though, when it comes to weather, the experience is soo different in different parts of Sweden. P.s. hope you have a great weekend!

    • Malin W
      Malin W

      @Just a Brit Abroad no I asked because for me it is easier to know where in the country the person is when you talk about weather, temperature etc. It’s so different in our elongated country 😀

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      @Malin W oh okay? sounds nice! I love Gothenburg🤗 did you figure I was living in Stockholm or something? Was that why you asked😅

    • Malin W
      Malin W

      @Just a Brit Abroad In Kungsbacka 30 km south Gothenburg

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      In Östergötland! How about you?🤗

  • Bosis of Sweden
    Bosis of Sweden

    The next time you picture "handy men", when you spend some years in Sweden, half of them are going to be girls/women ...

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      you're right! that's kind of why I made the point about "everyone's handy" rather than talking specifically about the men, because I'm continously impressed by how handy everybody is, regardless of age or gender :)

  • angaudlinn
    angaudlinn

    Body weight in sweets?! 35 pounds isn't a body weight for any healthy grown up. :)

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      @angaudlinn haha yep, that I can't argue with! talking of which, why is it not saturday already so I can eat more😅

    • angaudlinn
      angaudlinn

      @Just a Brit Abroad But lösgodis sure in nice though. :D

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      haha nope, you're quite right! that's why I fact checked myself and put the right numbers on the screen, because when I looked it up, it turned out it was a bit of an exaggeration😂😂

  • Floro
    Floro

    Where have you been in the UK? Remember having about a two hour job to be done in Immingham on a Saturday. An offer of double overtime was instantly rejected. "Are you crazy, today is football"

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      @Floro oh nice! you've certainly got around a bit! impressive🤗

    • Floro
      Floro

      @Just a Brit Abroad I m not in the UK now, but I think I have seen every hole there is along the coast. It ened some years ago. Know sweden from Srömstad to Haparanda, too.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      @Floro haha what a story! almost sounded like you were setting me up for a joke!! Had me waiting for a punch line😅 hehe hoppas att du trivs i England!

    • Floro
      Floro

      @Just a Brit Abroad If you say so your Goodself. I knewa man who was renovating a fishing vessel. He got a very good offer from a small shop in the South of England. Work was not fast, but good quality, no shortcuts. One day two women came with two horses. "We will do the lathe work today" the workshop owner said. So the two horses were going around and around the entire day. The Norwegian owner of of the vessel said: "why do you not buy an electric motor, and you can use the lathe any time you need it" "Definitely not, there are so many benefits with this, the hores get a good workout, we do not have to invest money in a rarely needed lathe, and the girs get a bottle of sherry" said the Englishman.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      @Floro oh right, that makes a lot of sense then actually! its a very different setup to down south, as I've understood at least😊

  • Rasmus Wiman
    Rasmus Wiman

    Fun fact: the law also says that you are allowed to "save" one holiday week per year, sof up to five years. The Idea is that if you want to, you can be off during the entire school summer holiday once every six years. Just take four weeks of holiday for five consecutive years, then you will have five saved weeks. Combine them with the five weeks you are entitled to the next year and you get ten weeks of vacation.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      thanks for the fact Rasmus! I've heard that a couple of times from various different people, and its such a fun idea if you want to work towards a sabbatical and go travel or something, for example, instead of taking tjänstlledig! thanks for sharing :) hope you enjoyed the video!

  • Nostger Grrrssddc
    Nostger Grrrssddc

    3:02 Can confirm, all swedish waters contain giant sharks. They don't taste sweet, so we mostly leave them alone.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      haha I wondered when someone was going to notice that!! I always put in little joke clips and scenes for comedic effect, just to keep people entertained😂

  • Todd Bonin
    Todd Bonin

    American here. (Please be kind.) I work 10 hour days, many days each week. In the past two years, I’ve had only one week off. I took off of work 90 minutes early today, and I felt guilty. I’m so jealous of the Swedes, but I’m 55 and my life is almost over. It’s not like I can ever get this time back. 😢

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      @Todd Bonin aww thanks Todd! so fun to hear your enjoying my videos! The comparison videos will be coming next Wednesday and Sunday :) this afternoon, I'm posting about my experience learning Swedish🤗hope you're having a fun weekend!

    • Todd Bonin
      Todd Bonin

      @Just a Brit Abroad I can’t wait to see the comparison video. I love your channel!

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      Hey Todd! thanks for stopping by👋🏻 funny that you hopped in, as I have a video coming out just next week about the comparison between Sweden and America with an American friend of mine, so it'll be interesting to see if you recognise the differences. Wow one week off? that's mental! I feel for you! but 55 isn't that old, you've got plenty of life left to live, let's make sure it counts from here on out right!

  • FX
    FX

    Godis affär: tokige ture

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      hahaha!

  • FX
    FX

    I live in Sweden and it is My motherland! / Jag bor i Sverige och det är mitt moderland!

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      @FX men vad bra :)

    • FX
      FX

      Ja

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      Så kul att du hittade min video Eyvind! Du kommer ifrån ett väldigt vackert land då! Hoppas att du gillade videon!

  • Indy's TV
    Indy's TV

    How about minecraft

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      What about it Indy?😊

  • Niclas Lindström
    Niclas Lindström

    No, the average swede do not pretend to be a handyman when an electrician is supposed to do the job.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      I wasn't trying to suggest Swedes pretend to do things that they're not qualified to Niclas, it was meant as a compliment🤗 like lots of Swedes are very handy and its impressive!

  • Akersjon 278
    Akersjon 278

    Yes, you nailed it when it comes to us Swedes doing a LOT of DIY during their summer vacations. If you are driving in Sweden from the middle of June until the end of August you will se lots and lots of cars towing trailers around that are absolutely brimming with different building materials. And if you follow the cars towing empty trailers you will wind up at one of the many big builders merchants we have here. For a few weeks each summer these stores look just like the big retail stores do a couple of days before Christmas. With massive amounts of people running around, empty shelf's, and arguments about who really laid their hands on the last concrete garden path tiles first... If you go out into the suburbs or to areas with many summer cottages you will hear the sound of construction everywhere, during all hours, mixed in with the sound of lawnmowers, trimmers and chainsaws. It's not at all uncommon to hear a Swede sigh really deeply the first day back at work after his or hers summer holiday, and then to follow that sigh with a statement like this: - It's so nice to be back at work, finally I can get some rest! My vacation almost killed me this year, I had so much I had to get done! And more often then not this statement kicks off a long discussion among his/her coworkers about what everyone else "got done" during their summer vacations. Statements that often starts with some sort of caveat as to why they didn't get even more stuff done. Excuses like: -Oh well, my mother in law stayed with us for two weeks, and my wife forbade me working during her stay. We were at the beach almost every day! (whilst shaking his head to show his disappointment with this fact...). Or: I hurt my back carrying lumber the first week, I told you that over the phone , didn't I Erik? (looking to a coworker for confirmation that he really was hurt, and not just lazy...). And then it rained almost constantly the next two weeks as you all know, soo...) 😉👍

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      @Akersjon 278 haha fair enough, yu might have noticed that I do the same in some of my videos!! I had no idea though that hunting and gathering were the exceptions to the bragging rule!!😂

    • Akersjon 278
      Akersjon 278

      @Just a Brit Abroad Well, I might have exaggerated just a little bit (for comedic purposes), but it is a genuine Swedish cultural trait to be self sufficient, and a big part of that sufficiency is to do DIY projects and other things like vehicle maintenance and repairs. We also like to grow and gather our own food by hunting, fishing and gathering berries and mushrooms. There are very few things you can flex with in Sweden without everyone around you thinking you are a braggart (and being one of those is a big no, no here...). But telling someone how full of moose meat and fish your freezer is, and how well stocked your larder is with home made preserves are a couple of those... 😉

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      hahaha how funny! glad to hear my impression wasn't completely wrong though! I don't think I could be quite so industrious in my summer!! haha

  • Anders Wickström
    Anders Wickström

    Something that surprise some: in februari/march you can see ppl just stand still outside staring at the sun, if you lived through a few winters here you'll understand.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      haha good point Anders! I've actually spoken about that in one of my videos as well, and reached the same conclusion. I thought it was strange and then I experienced winters like this winter, with literally 2/3hrs sunligh5 across a month... and then I understood!! haha. Thanks for stopping by my video though, I hope you enjoyed it🤩there's certainly lots more on the way🙌🏻

  • Lagelito
    Lagelito

    Well if you don't know yourself how to do something, most of the time you got a friend or someone you can call. Which is a great way to have them over have social interations, offer them a FIKA, dinner or maybe just a cold one talk some shit about the weather. Its great! :)

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      haha for sure! its great to have someone handy you can call on to get the job done💪🏼👌 I'm always impressed by you guys haha

  • Em B
    Em B

    WHO finish at four? I have never met anyone that finish work at 4, except parents that need to pick up kids or construction workers.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      really? I've seen it quite often here, people who start around 7.30 to be done at 4! Guess as you say, the industry plays into it too though!

  • BHPTV [WCF/100%]
    BHPTV [WCF/100%]

    What part of sweden do you live?

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      in Östergötland🤗 how come?😊

  • Asha hussein
    Asha hussein

    They r brilliant ❤️❤️❤️❤️

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      thanks for your comment Asha! so fun to hear you thought so. hope you'll be following along with my videos!

  • Leo Salminen
    Leo Salminen

    I'm shocked to hear that you managed to find 5 shocking things in the least shocking country of the world ;-)

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      haha hope you found them interesting! and if you did, consider subscribing for more to come🙌🏻

  • Avve
    Avve

    You need to be a handyman here because labour cost is extreme in Sweden.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      @Avve is that so? well when you put it like that, it all makes sense😳 totally understand what you mean!! problem for me is it would probably take me twice the time, and then it becomes less efficient haha

    • Avve
      Avve

      @Just a Brit Abroad with an average salary (30-35 000 sek) you have to work 3-4 hours on your own job to earn the net amount of money to hire a carpenter or plumber for 1 hour. So it's very tempting to do the job yourself if you have the time and skills or time to acquire the skills.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      oh right? I wonder how it compares to England, for example :)

  • Madalena Carvalho
    Madalena Carvalho

    Hej! We have right to 4 consecutive weeks during the summer 🥰🌞💐

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      yep, you're totally right Madalena! my bad😅 thanks for putting me right! hope you enjoyed the video though and that you'll be sticking around for more to follow!

  • uffepuff
    uffepuff

    The law actually says you have the right to up to 4 consecutive weeks off in the summer, which most people do in july.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      yep, you're totally right Uffepuff! that was a miss quote on my part haha thanks for pointing it out though! will you be having a four week summer this year? :)

  • Carl Schönbeck
    Carl Schönbeck

    What you don’t know yet... Is that Kent - is actually (for real) not only the best, biggest and most stunningly impressive band in Sweden, Europe and on the whole entire planet! And they have truly made the utmost powerful, beautiful and astounding songs ever! The swedish equivalent to Embrace, Coldplay, Keane, Radiohead, Verve, Depeche Mode, Cure, of this great country... Discover: ”Mannen I Den Vita Hatten”, ”Dom Andra”, ”Utan Dina Andetag”, ”400 Slag”, ”Max 500”, ”Petroleum”, ”Klåparen” ”M”, ”999”, ”747”, ”Sjukhus”, ”Det Finns Inga Ord”, etc. You will honestly adore all of these (Spotify) and there are more than 120 just as good with this stunningly amazing and unbeatable band 🙏🏻

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      @Carl Schönbeck oooh interesting, might have to take a look!! seven times?!? I'm impressed!!

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      @Carl Schönbeck haha thanks for linking me up🙌🏻 you'll have to check in after a few weeks and see if I've bought concert tickets yet hahaha

    • Carl Schönbeck
      Carl Schönbeck

      @Just a Brit Abroad They played to 120 000 people in three days on their three final gigs of their farewell tour here in Stockholm a few years ago and that was the 7th time I saw them in concert! fishows.info/post/g6djlZXSoKnUlac/videot.html

    • Carl Schönbeck
      Carl Schönbeck

      @Just a Brit Abroad Cool! Please check out those ten songs and start from there... They are mind-blowing in every way possible 😎 open.spotify.com/track/1BhVnF9HSmbJChRuAxPEIp?si=tLN_W0UGQuSAMNKJBJlc2Q&dl_branch=1

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      oh really? I've not heard of them, but maybe I'll have to take a look! maybe they'll make my next biggest shocks in Sweden video - a new music interest!! cool to hear how passionate you are about their music though!

  • Tim Nilsson
    Tim Nilsson

    You can demand 4 weeks consecutive vacation. It used to be three and many Swedes still believes that's the case. It has been 4 weeks for probably 15-20 years.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      @Tim Nilsson oh really?😅 yeah I think you might be right, because I was convinced a Swedish friend told me it was 3 weeks after claiming to have it looked it up😂😂 clearly didn't do that very well then did they haha

    • Tim Nilsson
      Tim Nilsson

      @Just a Brit Abroad No problem. ;) This is a discussion I'm quite used to. It feels like I have it with my co-workers every bloody year. =P Those "3 weeks" seems to be heavily ingrained in people... If you want a source: lagen.nu/1977:480 Paragraph 12.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      thanks for clarifying Tim! maybe that's why I was so certain it was 3 weeks - it must be because so many people have mentioned it at work and the likes. even nicer if its four!

  • xpqr12345
    xpqr12345

    The "handyman" thing about us Swedes is very likely due to the tax rules, or at least due to how they have been. Since any kind of service job is relatively expensive in Sweden, people tend to not hire a handyman for small things but to do it themselves instead. And over time, "small jobs" turns into "quite big jobs", if you have the time and energy to do it yourself. And as for vacations, I am reasonably certain that the law allows up to four weeks in a row, during June, July and August.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      yeah, I think you could be right actually! I've heard a couple of people suggest that could have something to do with it! And you're right about the 4 weeks point, I slightly misquoted it, oopsie! happy weekend!

  • TheGamingRage
    TheGamingRage

    Tbf, alot of city folk of sweden call for help

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      yeah I've heard this too to be honest! I get the impression its a growing trend :)

  • Maria Lindén
    Maria Lindén

    One thing is wrong. We eat about 15 kg/ year, and thats not our bodyweight....😀

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      haha yep, you're right Maria! I thought I was wrong, that's why I fact-checked myself with the proper source on the screen😂 "their own bodyweight" sounded like a bit of a stretch when I was doing the editing hahaha

  • Robert Johnsson
    Robert Johnsson

    There is nothing right with your take. What the fuck...

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      its a shame to hear you didn't think so Robert! Then again, these are just personal reflections and opinions so, if you don't agree, that's the best part, you don't have to😎 have a nice day!

  • LasseKroner
    LasseKroner

    Speaking of work day balance, Staying late and working through lunches is contra-productive it drains your energy and makes you stupid and slow. You will not get more done and in the end you get locked in to that cycle in order to do the "ordinary amount" of work. Better take one shit day, (it happens) go home recuperate and then come back ready and roaring.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      I certainly don't disagree with you about the benefits of stepping back and taking a break Lasse😊just interesting to know that some countries and cultures are better at taking control of it than others! Thanks for your comment though, hope you'll consider following along for more videos to follow!

  • a j l
    a j l

    Swedish berries are my favourite candy I’m so happy to hear that they love sweets goes to show you sugar is not so bad for you the Swedish people look pretty darn healthy to me

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      @TalesOfWar I totally understand why! strange concept, until you get hooked😆

    • TalesOfWar
      TalesOfWar

      I always stock up on salted liquorice when I'm there lol.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      from my experience they certainly balance the sweet intake with a lot of healthy living, outdoor time and exercising! so I guess its a case of everything in moderation, right?

  • Mathias Lindqvist
    Mathias Lindqvist

    Damn it! I don't seem to be very swedish at all. 1. I don't leave work until late. 2. I'm not handy at all. 3. I barely go out into the nature. 4. I sure as hell do not eat 80 kg of sweets per year. That is insane! Who eats more than 1 kg of sweets, every week?

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      haha there's certainly always exceptions right Mathias😂 interesting to hear that you're not out exploring the nature though? its so pretty out😱🤩

  • Berenice C.
    Berenice C.

    Yes, breaks and private life is important for overrall health wich increases productivity. 😁

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      Don't disagree with you there Berenice! I'm definitely here for that approach🙌🏻

  • John Persson
    John Persson

    Great and correct observations! Be interested to hear your take on Jantelagen too. I've lived here for 16 years and have discovered how much it underpins the Swedish mentality, both positively and negatively.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      thanks John! so glad to hear you enjoyed the content - and I'll certainly take your suggestion onboard and add it to my list🤗 I agree with you that it would be an interesting one to explore! really fun to hear that you'll be following my uploads, great to have you along for the ride!

  • Isak s
    Isak s

    I do more often than not work a lot of overtime! Last summer did I average 250 hours per month

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      @Isak s wow, impressive that you've managed to make such a work routine work. You must have incredible work ethic, kudos bro! And nice that you have your Saturday mornings to look forward to - almost Saturday again!!

    • Isak s
      Isak s

      @Just a Brit Abroad long weeks to be honest, I managed 142 hours in 12 days and 2 days rest after that to do the same thing again the next 2 weeks. it was pretty crazy but I pretty much had no choice. I had a deal with my employer that even tho a lot of people (5/7) were going to have to leave the company due to covid putting sticks in the wheels for the company. but he really wanted me to have work so he found a job where I was in a hostel during the nights and worked my ass off during the days cause I knew that I only had a maximum amount of months before I was going to loose my job too. so I wanted to get in as many hours as humanly possible so I could have the money to renovate my house and live a good life until i found another job. the problem tho is that I pretty much fell in love of working like that and I take every chance I have for as much overtime as possible but I have one thing that is more important than working, and that is the kids I coach in mountainbiking. so saturday mornings are holy and I won't miss one if I don't absolutely have to.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      wow Isak, that's some looooong days by the sounds of it! kudos to you for managing that!

  • Rickard Bergelius
    Rickard Bergelius

    I was so happy when I found a Karamellkungen stand in Canterbury (as we are into Kent here).

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      Ah I love Canterbury! That's very close to where I'm from actually🤩 such a pretty city! and always nice to find some creature comforts from home, right!

  • Novila Brown
    Novila Brown

    My husband is from England and said the same things when he moved here. He also thought (still thinks) the banks are terrible in sweden, not very helpful. He thinks that Swede's are bad at queueing in shops (especially if a new cashier opens up to ease up the massive queue, everyone just rushed to get there first xD ). And he says that paying for a carpenter or electrician for example is so so expensive in Sweden, maye that's why we learn to do a lot for ourselves ;)

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      thanks for sharing Novila! interesting to get a fellow Brit's perspective😂you're not the only one to make the case that perhaps everyone here is doing their handy work due to price, so I'm beginning to think there might be some truth in that😅 I've heard similar comments about the banking side of things, but my experience has been fairly mixed I'd say. feel like it depends which bank you use! thanks for watching though and I hope you'll continue to follow along!

  • Anders Bäckström
    Anders Bäckström

    You are a bit wrong about the summer holidays. We are actually by law allowed to have at least 4 weeks off during the summer. Not 3 weeks😄 I usually have 5 weeks off in the summer. Working for the state I have 7 weeks payed vacation each year. Others usually have 5-6 weeks.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      Thanks for the comment Anders!😊 a couple other people have mentioned that I misquoted the allowance by a week, so thanks for pointing that out🙏🏻 wow, 7 weeks? I used to work for the state in England and I'd have loved to have had anything close to that😅

  • Salt Kroken
    Salt Kroken

    I have spent My hole life in sweden

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      Not a bad place to be at all! I really enjoy Sweden🤗

  • Andreas Österberg
    Andreas Österberg

    Stockholm is very different from the rest of Sweden if I might say so myself. here's a long story. To give people an example, I've been in Stockholm 4 times in my whole life (I'm 20) and 2 of these times I slept over at a friend who lives in Stockholm and the only reason why I could get there was because he was extremely nice to pay the ticket both for the trip there and back. This was my 3rd and 4th time. the other 2 times I was so little I could barely even remember how it looked like, but at this time this happened I was 19 and my friend and I lived together at a school and he bringed his friends with him and I was one among them. Anyways to sum it up this was my experience... Seeing Stockholm almost 1.5 years ago was amazing. Going through the tunnel only to end up seeing Stockholm from the train was amazing (First time in a train as well), The apartment I came into was bigger than I had ever seen, I was shocked and I had to take pictures because of how amazing it looked. The buildings around me was at least 5 to 6 times larger than anything I had seen in my entire life. They had tunnelstations that I had only seen on TV. Outside markets, stalls and everything that my town would only see once per year. Outlets on pillars that you could charge your phones when your battery was low. People riding electrical scooters back and forth instead of walking. A cinema bigger than I could ever imagine. Stores with so many stuff I could not comprehend what I was seeing. The view, looking out at the sea seeing the biggest boats I could imagine, seeing amazing bridges and then walking over it the next second only to stand at a mountain seeing all of Stockholm. I've never been in Göteborg or any other big city except Norrköping so maybe these cities are more impressive, but for an outside perspective Stockholm got a lot of stuff going. Here's the thing though... While we were there it was a lot harder to breath because of the amount of people and gas that was in there. I could feel how the air became thinner as we got closer to the city. It's not something I'm used to so for me it was pretty annoying. So if you really wanna see how Sweden is you truely should go outside Stockholm and visit the smaller towns because they are extremely different. For me going into Stockholm feels like another country because how vastly different it is from where I live. But ye, great video and I subcribed =) My english might be rusty so please go ahead and correct me =)

    • TalesOfWar
      TalesOfWar

      Capital cities are like this in most countries. They get all the fancy stuff and give a rather false impression of the country as a whole. It's like this in London for us Brits, and to be honest most people outside of it don't really like the place. It's a big, polluted, fake shit hole that gets all of our tax money for shiny things to benefit nobody outside the M25 (the ring road motorway around it). Like you said, you need to visit the regional cities and smaller towns to really get a sense of a country. In my visits to Sweden I went to stay with a friend who lives on the west coast south of Gothenburg so my experience has been of a more typical "normal" town rather than the "make it impressive for the tourists" spots like Stockholm.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      @Andreas Österberg you don't need to apologise! just thought I'd explain🤗 but I'm glad that you enjoyed it and wanted to leave a comment. So fun to know you're watching my videos🤩but good memo for other people that there's a life outside Stockholm and so much more to see!!

    • Andreas Österberg
      Andreas Österberg

      @Just a Brit Abroad Thank you! It was a fun video to watch. I was too naive and thought you lived in Stockholm, sorry about that :). Many people who come to Sweden only get the beauty to visit Stockholm and not much more and I just wanted to shed some light for others how different it truely can be for someone who has barely been there. Thank you again for reading and have a good day =)

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      thanks for the comment Andreas, it was really interesting to read your story and your experience of Stockholm! I'm actually not living in Stockholm, you've actually been there more times than me😂 I've been twice so far! I'm living in the same region as you, Östergötland! So the Östgötska way has definitely affected my experiences of Sweden😂 hehe but I really like Gothenburg and you're right that its a different experience entirely to be in Norrköping for example. So fun that you enjoyed the video though and decided to subscribe! I've got lots more on the way, starting tomorrow with the first of this week's 2 videos! Fun to know you're going to be along for the journey! And no need to apologise for your English, you did amazing!! It was almost faultless!!

  • Linda Tisue
    Linda Tisue

    Wish my Swedish engineer was into fixing things. I have to do everything that involves a screwdriver or pliers. I have learned a lot about bike repair.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      ah no Linda haha what a shame! you must be super handy if you're holding up the hands on side of the family!!

  • Larsa Jr
    Larsa Jr

    I mean, we are handy for sure, but some things needs to be done by professionals. Few things about electricity etc requires a permit to work with.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      yep, totally agree with you there!👌 always best to ask for help when it could be dangerous to do it yourself!

  • Ingvar Törmä
    Ingvar Törmä

    For most of us Swedes, the weekend is important because then it is time to relax in addition to those who work the weekends. That's why we have "fedags cozy" so it says that now it's no job the next day, that's why it has become a tradition to have a Taco evening or eat something else good and relax. You watch a movie or something on TV. "Saturday candy" is another day to celebrate that you are free from work and the children from school. Then you buy sweets to just relax and enjoy the holiday.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      Yeah, you're right there Ingvar! I'm a bit fan of fredagsmys och lördagsgodis! Nothing wrong with kicking back, relaxing and making the most of life once in a while, right?

  • Nina Elsbeth Gustavsen
    Nina Elsbeth Gustavsen

    In Sweden everybody is a "Larkin". Doing what ever, when ever they like. 🚣‍♂️🌳⛺🚶‍♀️🚶‍♂️🐕🌲.🌞 Growing up assembling IKEA furniture, and doing odd jobs on their "Stuga", makes most swedes handymen. And then there's Ernst.... Who'll teach the few non natural handymen how to...👷‍♂️🛠👍 Consecutive holidays and the daily fika prevent the swedes from being overworked. 🤗☕🍪☕😎 The swedes solve their shyness problem by bingeing on candy. 🍭🍬🍫While high on sugary sweets, they get happy and relaxed. Singing while drinking works too...😊🍻😃🥂😍 Stay safe and well. Love from Norway 😘 🇳🇴 (Not bullying. Just observing. Got swedish ancestry....). 😁 🇸🇪

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      Thanks for stopping by Nina! Always fun to see your comments🤗 funny to hear your reflections from neighbouring Norway! I hope to go and experience Norway for myself in the not to distant future, once this pandemic is gone at last!

  • Martin
    Martin

    According to law it's 4 weeks of vacation in the summer

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      yeah, thanks for confirming Martin! A couple of people have pointed out that I quoted the wrong figure there. Oopsie! but its good that you guys have put me right! haha anyway, hope you enjoyed the video🤗 more to follow really shortly, so I hope you'll subscribe and follow along!

  • BP THEGOD
    BP THEGOD

    As a fellow Swede, I have to agree on the first point you made. Almost every day I stay between 15 minutes - 1 hour extra every day at work, just getting a little bit more done. I do it without pay aswell. Can't really explain why but it feels good afterwards as I know I probably got a lot done etc.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      thanks for your thoughts on this one! and impressive to hear about your dedication to your work! I know what you mean about liking to feel like you're on top of things though. I'm sure lots of people can relate!

  • KL
    KL

    Quite a few think they are handy but when you move in somewhere new you see the result of some peoples’ ”skills” up close... It’s not all impressive. There can be a lot of visions and motivation, but not neccesary that much knowledge before starting something. Maybe there are just many doers in this country.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      haha fair comment KL! Its good to have a desire and a passion for something, but its also worth doing things well - especially if you are planning to live with them for a while! Nothing wrong with picking up something new, but its also important to know your limits🤗

  • Emelie Svahn
    Emelie Svahn

    If Swedes are handy around the house I'm sure we at least partially owe it to children's educator Eva and her Funkarprogram. Just watch this episode on water and plumbing fishows.info/post/d9url7qtZoqe0Lc/videot.html Quality children's TV show, this! I'm sure anyone can learn how to do some basic plumbing ❤️

  • Dreez76
    Dreez76

    Don't ever ever *EVER* fiddle with your phone if you're invited over ... it's considered *extremely rude* . If you don't turn off your phone or "forget" to put it on silence when you go to the movies... *extremely rude* . Don't use speaker on your phone while in public... no one cares about your call, no on wants to hear it, even if its music. IF you're getting invited somewhere. Call or msg that you're on the way, or if you're being late.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      Some interesting reflections! Thanks for sharing! Totally can relate to the never be late point though! I think us Brits are quite similar to the Swedes in that respect

  • F1rst World NomaD
    F1rst World NomaD

    Never worked in Stockholm but I have close friends how have and are. As far as I've been told, the whole working though your lunch is not very common unless you're in a higher up position looking to climb even higher and even there it's not even the norm. Staying over is very much depending on where you work and how much you care about your work. I believe this is applicable to all of Sweden. I've had jobs where I've stayed over 3 or 4 hours a day but those were jobs based on commission, sales etc. You have a very low base salery and everything above is based on how many sales you do. The % are generally really good in these types of jobs (between 30 and 50%) so a single extra sale a day could basically double your salery, going from 20k~ to 40k~ is not trivial. This makes a strong insensitive to stay over. But outside these types of jobs, I've never seen anyone stay over regularly to get the job done, it's always if there is a rather sizable benefit for the employee themselves and I think that's pretty much the general mindset. Very few people would work overtime just to make a good impression.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      interesting to get a comparison point with Stockholm, thanks for sharing! Can completely understand why monetary and provision-based incentives could result in longer working days though!

  • BeingSwenglish
    BeingSwenglish

    Haha, we both covered the sweets topic, great minds think alike! I shoot my 'Fact Fredag' at the beginning of each week and schedule it :) congrats on the 1k dude, your channel is shooting up in subs!!

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      clearly both got sweets on the mind ey 😂there's so many different pick and mix options here that its kind of hard not to get obsessed!! Yeah, I saw you were doing a Friday series now, recently caught the ikea one. Nice job! And thanks for the congratulations! its really fun to have reached 1,000🤗

  • ArchieArpeggio
    ArchieArpeggio

    You would propably noticed exact same things in Finland as well if you would´ve moved here instead ow Sweden. Biggest difference is that we don´t propably eat so much candy even though we he also have "karkkipäivä" same way that we eat candy mostly saturdays. It was big thing as a child but now as adult at least i don´t consume candy as much. Instead candy we consume much more coffee here by some reason :D.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      interesting to hear Archie! I'm yet to get to visit Finland but its certainly on the list!

  • Lynda HugGus
    Lynda HugGus

    You just summed up my Swedish husband without meeting him. Hardworking, DIY enthusiast, outdoor sport freak, sweet addict and nature loving😄

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      @Lynda HugGus hehe I'll bear that one in mind, thanks for the heads up!! And for watching my videos! I hope you enjoyed what you saw!

    • Lynda HugGus
      Lynda HugGus

      @Just a Brit Abroad yes. Ask him about social etiquette over here. Especially in Stockholm 😊

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      haha really?😅that's so funny😂have we found our archetypal Swede?😉 maybe I need to talk to him to work out what other trends and stereotypes to talk about next time😅😅😅

  • Ma.Melinda Saurin
    Ma.Melinda Saurin

    Nice place to work in sweden but expensive

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      Are you living in Sweden too? funnily enough, I just did a video about cost of living in different parts of England and Sweden. Did you see it?

  • MrFelixify
    MrFelixify

    It's about being effective. If you need to stay late, you are doing something wrong.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      I don't disagree with you there! but as I mention in the video, I think its also about societal expectation. Working in London, there was something of a pressure that you would work late, and sometimes I stayed not because I hadn't finished everything I wanted and needed to achieve but simply because everyone else was still there! Obviouisly I didn't just sit around twiddling my thumbs though, as there's always other things you "could be doing", but the question is, do you need to do those now!

  • F D
    F D

    However when you have a top position job or you own business, you work much more than the average Swede.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      and as you mention, its likely that the more responsibility you have (e.g. business owner) can result in a change in your working routines and hours - I think that's fairly normal too :)

  • F D
    F D

    oh my! not everyone is handy in Sweden. It depends on your background and studies. A banker won’t normally be handy.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      haha of course it can't be "everyone" everyone, but I'd be willing to hazard a guess that the average person is more handy here than they would be than, for example, England!

  • tom eng
    tom eng

    More Things That Shocked Me About Sweden. Plz Just a Brit Abroad.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      ah thanks Tom! Glad you're enjoying the content! Definitely more like this on the way. Stay tuned!

  • Dan Hanqvist
    Dan Hanqvist

    The three-week holiday... Whether you will get it is also different in various industries. But at root, it's about climate. If people didn't get their time off in the summer, they would waste from vitamin D deficiency. It is also a remnant of the older industrial industry. The plants had to be closed down for maintenance and you can't run a plant with various people off on holiday. So most industries closed down in July. Even in the 1980s July was really closed down. Not so much today. Mind you, when I grew up my mother had 2, then 3, weeks per year, which made the very long summer school-holidays rather difficult. So things have changed.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      @Dan Hanqvist yeah I've heard that too! and a few years back you had a few years with real heatwaves in May/June right!

    • Dan Hanqvist
      Dan Hanqvist

      @Just a Brit Abroad What on earth brought you to Sweden?

    • Dan Hanqvist
      Dan Hanqvist

      @Just a Brit Abroad Actually, the weather pattern has changed. June used to be better...

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      I completely understand the need for some serious Vitmain D😂 though what I've noticed being here the past few summers is that the best of the weather seems to come in June, so I'm wondering if it might be time to switch holiday month to June😂 perhaps I'll be proven wrong this year!! I hope not though, I'm ready for some serious sun after that coooold winter we've just had😅

  • Dan Hanqvist
    Dan Hanqvist

    That work-balance thing... It largely depends on in what kind of industry you work. For many professionals life is much more like London.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      yeah I assumed as much Dan! like you say, certain jobs and professions have that sort of a mentality and culture, I suppose for historic reasons. And over the years as jobs have decreased and people have had to do more with less time, I guess it hasn't made it any easier!

  • Roger Danblad
    Roger Danblad

    Don't know how it's abroad... But here it's more or less a human right to get free coffee at the work place. I still haven't worked at a place where there's not a coffee machine...

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      @Paul Ingvarsson hahaha I'm impressed that it came down to that! interesting😂

    • Paul Ingvarsson
      Paul Ingvarsson

      Many years ago there was a dicussion at my work about free coffe or not. My boss then decided: give them coffe so they can work!

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      @Linda Tisue that's exactly how it is in the UK too actually, in the majority of places at least! I can imagine its a surprise when people first move away from Sweden haha

    • Linda Tisue
      Linda Tisue

      No, not a right in the US. Bigger places have a vending machine with awful coffee, some smaller places will have a coffee fund honour system.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      @Roger Danblad I've heard that too actually, I do believe :)

  • jesper Å
    jesper Å

    the ''local'' handyman in Sweden is your friends here xD

    • What's up!?
      What's up!?

      @Just a Brit Abroad haha yeah!

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      @What's up!? ah that sucks! would perhaps be a little bit long of a commute for some DIY tips now wouldnt it😆😆

    • What's up!?
      What's up!?

      @Just a Brit Abroad hahah, maybe. A bit long from you though. I live in a smaller city in Dalarna :)

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      @What's up!? does he take bookings?😂I'm always up for the help!!

    • What's up!?
      What's up!?

      My Handy man is my dad ❤️😂

  • philip visma
    philip visma

    oh tank you brit for speaking abute the posetive stuff we do make more videos like this we swedish ppl needs to hear this stuff is makes us feel better and we need to hear it

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      There's certainly more where this came from Tony! So I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it and thanks for watching. Next week I've got a video coming about habits I've picked up here in Sweden, which I think you might really enjoy, for example!

  • PennyAfNorberg
    PennyAfNorberg

    Pluming and eclectic ( 230v or greater) isn't that good to thinker with if you don't know how for that we actually have plumbers and electricians

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      completely agree with you Penny! Best to let someone who knows what they're doing take over at that point!

  • Calle Carlzon
    Calle Carlzon

    This year i am forced to take 4 weeks vacation, during summer.

    • Just a Brit Abroad
      Just a Brit Abroad

      yeah I've heard of that being quite common in some professions! I guess it depends whether they want to have production up and running in the summer or whether they'd prefer to shut down and save costs completely right!

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