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Dealing with homesickness in Sweden

Hello everyone,

Being an expat in Sweden can turn out to be a wonderful human, social or professional adventure... with potential moments of nostalgia and homesickness along the way.

What are your personal tips to prevent homesickness?

How do you deal with such feelings?

Are there shops or stores offering products from your home country in Sweden? Or maybe venues with music and ambiance from your homeland?

Thanks for sharing your experience,

Priscilla

I spent my first Christmas away from home last year in Sweden with my then boyfriend and his family. No Christmas tree in our apartment, I didn't have all my decorations, no pumpkin pie or baking cookies or any of my own traditions. I spent my first winter in Sweden where there was very little daylight. I admit, I was homesick.

I spent June, July, and most of August there with no Taco Bell, no Dairy Queen, resturants where you don't special order your food, no ice in my coke, no penut butter or oatmeal raisin cookies at Subway, no ranch dressing. I was far less homesick.

The secret is finding all the things about Sweden that your home country doesn't have. I really enjoyed the midsummer celebrations and feeling safer walking around at night and so little traffic as compared to the USA. The eternal daylight of summer. The lack of thickness to the air and the breeze. The peacefulness that not even being in the country in the USA can bring. The stars, the trees, the new experiences I gained, and experiencing the difference in the people and our cultures and such.

Being with the one I love also helped. I reminded myself that we're starting a new chapter in life together.

As for things I'm missing from the store, Amazon! I've found many items that will ship to Sweden from the Amazon USA site and a lot of American items on the Amazon UK site.

I have an iPhone so I can FaceTime my family and friends who have Apple devices as well as iMessage them to keep in touch. For those with androids, I have FaceBook and FaceBook messenger. Did you know you can make video phone calls for free with FaceBook Messenger?

Now I'm sitting here in the USA and my new husband is sitting 4000 miles away in Sweden. I'm waiting on my residency application to be processed. I'm more homesick to return to Sweden than I ever was for the USA. I want to return to my beautiful town and be with my husband and our furry little children. Yes, I miss our cats! I still have family and friends here in the USA and there are things I thought I missed but my life, my heart, my home is in Sweden.

I hope this is what you were looking for.

Homesick, 
I never had that problem,  because its my choice to be here with my partner and kids,  yes I miss my family,food climate but I know that life back wasn't easy. I live my life every day as my last day,  and I enjoy every minute of it. I help my sister and am happy to see them finishing collage, we talk sometimes. I don't think too much about my past life, I look forward positively.

Usually Swedes are considered reserved and not much friendly. But my experience was totally different. My Swedish landlord and his family was very friendly. We usually sit together for dinner and other chit chats. We talk about everything from religion or any other topic and exchange ideas. Over weekends, we used to visit places together. So, for me, it was good time spent in Sweden

That's really great .   I know some of us from other countries afraid to come closer to Swedish people because we're afraid to be egnor, criticised, and called by colour. But most of them have a welcoming hearts

I will be celebrating my one-year anniversary coming up October 13th. I moved to Sweden with the general understanding that people usually respond to me as I respond to them. I have encountered really friendly and sweet people.  I moved to be with my partner, who warned me that Swedes are not very outgoing and rather shy.

Typically shy people are seen as unfriendly, but I am good at getting folks to smile.  I found that smiling makes others comfortable and smile back. I have had so far a really pleasant time.  My only gripe is the lack of job options for me. But then again I suspected that would be the case initially since I still have to master Swedish.

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