The modern name Sweden is derived through back-formation from Old English Swēoþēod, which meant “people of the Swedes” (Old Norse Svíþjóð, Latin Suetidi). This word is derived from Sweon/Sweonas (Old Norse Sviar, Latin Suiones). The Swedish name Sverige (a compound of the words Svea and Rike, with lenition of the consonant, first recorded in the cognate Swēorice in Beowulf) literally means “Realm of the Swedes”, excluding the Geats in Götaland. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Agile People – Are you passionate about combining people and agile to create engagement? Do you find most of todays traditionally managed organizations boring places to work in? If you also believe that there is a better way to manage (or self organize!) our companies to make them better places to work in, this is definitely the meetup group for you. [meetup]

CocoaHeads Stockholm – Welcome to CocoaHeads Stockholm! We’re a bunch of people from the greater Stockholm area interested in iOS & Mac development. We try to get together first monday each month to talk about Cocoa and stuff related to Cocoa development. [meetup]

DevOps Stockholm – During the last decade we have seen lots of improvement in the software development domain, but very little regarding how to put systems into production and maintain them. The recent DevOps movement is about changing that – making software development and software delivery/production a continuous and cross discipline process. [meetup]

Elastic – Stockholm – This group is for anyone interested in open source search, logging, analytics & data visualization. We primarily focus on these open source projects — Elasticsearch, Kibana, Logstash, and Beats — but we welcome talks on any aspect of data exploration. [meetup]

Freelance Friday – The answer is simple. Because it is awesome and good for business. Freelance Fridays is your opportunity to work a day every other fridays a month in a creative environmen with other great people like you. Play it right and this could be the start of something amazing. [meetup]

Göteborg Creatives Club – Calling all creatives in and around Göteborg! No matter if you are creative professional, student or passionate hobbyist – Let’s get together to network, exchange ideas, share experiences and to create opportunities for joined projects, performances and exhibitions. [meetup]

Göteborg NightScapes – This is a group for anyone interested in low light and night photography and wandering around Gothenburg. All skill levels welcome. I’m starting this group to meet new people, create a “safety in numbers” environment for night photography, share knowledge and improve my Swedish language skills. [meetup]

Swenug Goteborg – We are a free self-organizing, ad-hoc community of developers bound by a desire to improve ourselves, challenge assumptions, and help each other pursue excellence in the practice of software development. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Motesplatsen.se – Motesplatsen.se is the best online dating site in Sweden. This site is ideal for those above 30 years old. One of the things I like about Motesplatsen.se are the regular events thrown for the community, which include wine tastings and singles cruises. If I had the resources to sign up for only one online dating site in Sweden, this would be it. [visa hunter]

Se.Match.com – Se.Match.com is the second best online dating site in Sweden. Se.Match.com is the Swedish version of the popular site in the United States, Match.com. Rest assured, the Match.com brand is one of the most powerful in the business, and this Swedish version knocks the ball out of the park. [visa hunter]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Free Walking Tours Stockholm – Welcome to the website for guided free walking tours in Stockholm. Our friendly multi-lingual team of city guides, offers interesting, informative and fun tours free of charge. We offer four regular, completely different thematic free walking tours in English. We also offer special private tours at the most competitive prices in Stockholm. [stockholm free tour]

Malmö Walking Tours – Come explore the history and sights of Malmö on an enjoyable walking tour through the streets of the ever changing city. [malmo walking tours]

Our Way – As locals and residents we would say we know the capital of Sweden very well. This is also the subject with which started our business – doing guided tours in Stockholm. We have been operating in the capital of Sweden since 2011, hence you will find a big range of guided tours in Stockholm here: we have everything from Stockholm walking tours to food tours and activities. [our way]

U Tracks – Sweden’s picturesque capital spreads out across 14 islands, each providing a different perspective of the city. Not too far southwest of Stockholm lies Sörmland, often described as Sweden’s southernmost wilderness, known for its pine forests, open green fields and vast lakes. [u tracks]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Abisko National Park, Lapland – In summer, this is the Land of the Midnight Sun with 24-hour daylight lasting several weeks. The park is some 77 square kilometers in size and famous for its pristine natural beauty and Nordic wildlife. It’s a great place for Scandinavian winter adventures and long summer hikes. Abisko is situated approximately 100 kilometers west of the town of Kiruna and is more than 200 kilometers inside the Arctic Circle within the auroral oval, a particular area where there’s a higher chance of seeing the Northern Lights. [planet ware]

Djurgården – Djurgården park with its many wonderful amenities is a guaranteed draw for visitors and locals alike, particularly during the glorious Scandinavian summer months. Throughout are traditional cafés, restaurants, snack-bars, and even hotels. Canoe and bicycle hire are also available if you’re feeling energetic. [planet ware]

Drottningholm – Fairytale Drottningholm Palace on the island of Lovö is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and lies about 11 kilometers west of Stockholm city center (45 minutes by boat). Dating from the 17th century, the palace is now the official residence of the Swedish Royal Family. In the picturesque, terraced park are bronze sculptures from Bohemia and Denmark, brought back as trophies of war. [planet ware]

Kiruna, Lapland – Sharing the same latitude as central Greenland, Kiruna is Sweden’s northernmost town. It’s also the chief town of the largest commune in the country, which borders both Norway and Finland. The midnight sun is visible here from mid May to mid July. Originally a Lapp settlement, the town began to develop when mining of iron ore started around 1900. Incredibly, due to subsidence caused by mining, the entire city is being slowly moved northwest to the foot of the Luossavaara Mountain. [planet ware]

Liseberg Theme Park, Gothenburg – Liseberg is one of the most popular destinations in Sweden and each year, the park lures more than three million visitors. It has a huge range of attractions, from children’s carousels and a fairy-tale castle to adrenalin-pumping rides for speed demons, bumper cars, and four roller coasters. [planet ware]

Lund Cathedral – This is Sweden’s most visited cathedral and one of the most visited sites in the southern province of Skåne. You’ll understand why when you stand in front of the imposing Roman structure with its magnificent twin towers. It was founded around 1080 by the Danish King Canute IV and is the oldest and finest Romanesque church in Sweden. The present building dates from the 12th century. Over the altar is a magnificent 14th-century carved reredos, the work of a north German master. The crypt is the oldest part of the cathedral. [planet ware]

Oresund Bridge, Malmo – From Malmo city center, a 15-minute drive takes visitors to the magnificent Oresund Bridge. Famous throughout the world since opening in 1999 and several decades in the planning, the structure has gained further notoriety through the hit Danish/Swedish TV drama ‘The Bridge.’ This incredible engineering feat now links Sweden to Denmark, and in turn, the continent of Europe. [planet ware]

Sigtuna – Famous as being Sweden’s first ever town and founded in AD 980, the last century of the Viking era, the idyllic village of Sigtuna nestles alongside Lake Mälaren in the lush green landscape of Uppland, north of Stockholm. Sigtuna’s amazing history is to be found in the medieval churches, ruins, rune stones, and buildings that remain to this day. [planet ware]

Stockholm Archipelago, Stromma Boat Tours – Stockholm is often referred to as the Venice of the North. Water is everywhere, and around 30,000 islands lie in Stockholm’s wondrous archipelago (skärgården). Distinctive red and yellow timber summerhouses occupy some islands while others remain totally unspoiled. [planet ware]

The Göta Canal – Often described as Sweden’s greatest feat of engineering, the canal dates from the early 19th century and is 190 kilometers in length. It’s now one of the country’s premier tourist attractions and offers a unique perspective on Sweden’s heartland. In addition, by connecting with lakes Vänern and Vättern and the Trollhätte Canal, it forms part of a water link all the way from Stockholm, in the northeast, to Gothenburg, in the southwest. [planet ware]

Vasa Museum – The Vasa Museum in Stockholm is Sweden’s most popular museum and now attracts around a million visitors annually. More than 20 million people have visited since the museum opened in 1990, and it’s not hard to see why. In 1628 the pride of the Swedish Imperial fleet, the Vasa battle ship, sank on its maiden voyage. The ship lay below the icy waters for more than three centuries until, in 1961, an incredibly ambitious salvage operation took place. [planet ware]

Visby, Gotland – Steeped in medieval history and brimming with ruined churches, the rose-entwined, walled town of Visby, on the island of Gotland, is a huge draw for visitors from around the world. Quaint cobblestone streets snake about the town, and when exploring, it’s all too easy to lose your sense of being in the modern world. Adorned with stepped gables, many medieval trading houses remain, as well as some timber buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries. [planet ware]



Gothenburg Culture Festival – For part of August the streets of Gothenburg are awash with all the best of arts and culture that the city has to offer. One of Sweden’s biggest city festivals, the Gothenburg Culture Festival combines a giant street party atmosphere with high culture at its finest with ballet, street theatre and all sorts of music from jazz to hip-hop to symphonic works. A wide array of street food is also on offer with pickings from all over the globe, including traditional Swedish fare tempting passers-by as they amble towards art exhibitions or poetry readings happening during the festival. [the culture trip]

Kivik Apple Market – Long the hub of Sweden’s fruit production and distribution, Kivik set up the Apple Market to pay homage to the fruit industry of the area. Today it is a full-blown festival that combines creativity and productivity in one event. A free festival at the end of the country’s harvesting season, the Apple Market not only shows off the produce in all its various forms (pies, desserts, cider and more) but also brings a certain level of artistic expression to the proceedings with the ‘apple art’ showcasing great mosaics of colorful imagery from the humble fruit as well as events such as apple tasting and a visit to a cider brewery. [the culture trip]

Midsummer – Some Swedes would have people believe Midsummer is as important an event as Christmas to them while others would say that it is more so. Like a family Christmas, the event has a unique spin depending on individual cultures and traditions but essentially it is a continuous lunch party that lasts well into the night. Communities coming together to raise maypoles, put flowers in their hair and dance in the glorious sunshine. A nationwide event that happens in almost every park and garden in Sweden, you’ll find most of the country singing songs and devouring pickled herring throughout the day. [the culture trip]

Parkteatern – There has been free, open-air theatre in Sweden’s capital city of Stockholm since 1942 and it continues to this day. Up and down the city in all of its many parks, people can enjoy classic and modern theatre productions performed in the surrounding greenery. It’s not just for Swedes either. Non-Swedish speakers can find performances of Parkteatern that may suit their language or their Swedish speaking abilities. If the dramatics aren’t enough, there are also circus performers, workshops, musicians and traditional Swedish folk dance, all for free and all in the great outdoors. [the culture trip]

Peace and Love Festival – Founded in 1999, Peace and Love is a festival designed to celebrate diversity, community and peace and love. Until bankruptcy in 2013, Peace and Love was Sweden’s biggest annual music festival. Fortunately, it has risen from the embers and came back to life in 2014. It tries to promote a healthy respect for others’ opinions through events and workshops, and to engender a spirit of understanding, solidarity and mutual respect all the while providing the best music around. Attracting big name stars as well as local talent this is effectively the equivalent to Sweden’s Woodstock. [the culture trip]

Stockholm Early Music Festival – In early June, a collection of some of the best musicians from Scandinavia and around the world come together to perform iconic and little known pieces from the baroque, renaissance and medieval periods. Taking place in the grand and historical setting of Stockholm’s old town, the Stockhom Early Music Festival is a far cry from your muddy fields and dilapidated campsites most commonly associated with the European music festival circuit. Instead it lends an air of sophistication and elegance to the whole idea of a music festival. The festival offers lunch and evening performances alongside seminars and master classes. [the culture trip]

Summerburst – Marking the start of summer, the Summerburst music festival brings the best dance acts the world has to offer to the Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg, for two days of heart-pumping, ground-shaking electronic music. Massive acts such as Tiesto and David Guetta join the roster of performing artists alongside some home-grown talent on the bill. Since being moved to Ullevi Stadium, one year it attracted 24,000 people but organizers promise to make it bigger and better with the young festival going from strength to strength. [the culture trip]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Long-distance bus services – It is often cheaper to travel by bus than by train. However, it is important to remember to buy your ticket before getting on the bus! There are certain discounts for student card holders, young people (16-25), and pensioners. The most well known express bus service is Swebus Express. This operator runs services across Sweden, and connects major cities with neighbouring countries. [just landed]

Metro – The metro system in Stockholm is called the Tunnelbana (T-Bana). There are seven lines which are divided into three colours (green, red and blue). The 100 stations which make up the Stockholm metro map are divided into three zones. You can buy single travel cards with a zone ticket which can be valid from 1-2 hours depending on the zone you are travelling in. [just landed]

Regional bus services (Lanstrafiken) – Most cities in Sweden have their own local bus and train services which are often operated under the same ticket system, this system is called Lanstrafiken. Just as Stockholm has the Storstockholms Lokaltrafik (SL), the operator for the bus and rail systems, Gothenburg has the Vasttrafik, and for Malmo and Skane there is the Skanetrafiken. [just landed]

Taxis – Taxis can be booked by phone, can be taken from a taxi rank or hailed in the street. Swedish taxis often run on fixed prices rather than using a meter, this is why you should check with your driver how much the journey will cost before you get into the vehicle. Taxis taken from Stockholm Arlanda airport to Stockholm centre are fixed at 520 SEK (around €57). [just landed]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Bangladeshi ICT Professionals in Stockholm Meetup – This is a group for Bangladeshi ICT professionals in Sweden. Everybody is welcome who has ICT as professional background and Bangladesh as country of origin. We few decided to start this meetup so that we can expand our professional network and share our knowledge and experience with each other. [meetup]

Chinapreneurs of Sweden – The group is for people who are interested in doing business in Greater China or with Chinese companies. We want to provide a network where people can make new connections. [meetup]

Dental Professionals in Stockholm – The aim of this group is bringing together Dental Professionals ( dentists, dental hygienists, dental technicians, dental industry ) from all nationalities who work in Stockholm to discuss in an informal way, while enjoying a beer, some wine or food, about dental topics, case studies, materials..with the purpose of growing ourselves as professionals and networking. [meetup]

Docker Goteborg – This group will be a basis for discussions, presentations and experiences shrill winding Docker. [meetup]

English speaking jobs in Sweden – This meetup is for international professionals and students seeking an English speaking job in Sweden.We come together each month for networking with fellow expats, professionals at global companies and innovative startups in Sweden. [meetup]

Javaforum Göteborg – Javaforum is the Gothenburg Java User Group, part of Javaforum that is the Swedish JUG. We arrange great tech talks about software development in Java and also Java hack nights. [meetup]

Scrum Beers Göteborg – We meet on a monthly basis and discuss how to improve the agile process in our different organizations. [meetup]

Software Craftsmanship Göteborg – We talk the talk, but it’s time that we start walking the walk. Let’s start with monthly meetings with hands-on workshops in test-driven development and working with legacy code. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Beef and Burgundy Professional Networking for Expats – Greetings and welcome to the Beef and Burgundy Professional Networking Group. The aim here is to form a group of professionals both expats and locals in finance, technology and general business. [meetup]

Expat Career Sweden – “Expat Career Sweden” meetup connects global minded people together, in Sweden through various events related to career. [meetup]

Göteborg Internationals Group – Having just moved to Göteborg and not knowing many people here, I assume there must be some interesting people out that that I would like to meet and develop friendships with. All nationalities are welcome. Even Swedes! [meetup]

Language Exchange- Göteborg – This group is for improving your language level and ability, and helping each other. We focus on Conversation, and giving people the confidence to talk, loud and clear using real situations. We plan to have regular meetings set up for Swedish English Spanish German French Italian Arabic Russian, Chinese, Italian, Portuguese and Greek conversation to come as we grow bigger. [meetup]

Language Exchange – STOCKHOLM – We have regular meetings set up for Swedish, English, French, Spanish, German, Russian, Portuguese, Italian, Finnish, Arabic, Chinese and Japanese and more languages to come. [meetup]

Language Meeting – Im looking forward to meet up with friends who speak Swedish and want maybe to exchange language with arabic in “Sergels torg espresso house” [meetup]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Out In: STHLM – The Gay Social Club of Stockholm – We organize events and meetups as a way to meet new people and have fun in this great city. Our activities can range from beer tasting in Söder to camping in the archipelago. [meetup]

Stockholm Bisexual Women Social Club – This NEW group is for young women (18 to 38) looking to make new women friends, and have a good time in the heart of Stockholm. This group is for single women as well as women-couples who wants to make some new friends. [meetup]

Stockholm Gay Parenting Through Surrogacy – This group is for anyone who has or is interested in starting their own biological family through surrogacy. [meetup]

Stockholm Lesbian Social Club – Looking to meet new friends, join up with old ones, or just get out and have a good time in the heart of Stockholm. This group is for single & couples who wants to meet some new friends. No matter where you from, here on holiday, work or just passing by… [meetup]



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