Medical and Mental Health Care Guide

As an international in Gothenburg it can be difficult to know where the heck to go when one gets sick. Even more difficult can it be when suffering from a mental illness. So… where should you go, what should you do, how does everything work? The answers will be listed...

Bank Account & Swedish Identity Number (Personnummer)

SWEDISH IDENTITY NUMBER After you move to Sweden, you soon will realize that without a Swedish Identity Number, so-called personnummer, you will be more than lost. You won’t have access to services and be able to handle bureaucratic issues until you get the number. If...

A Checklist for Survival in Gothenburg!

Wow you made it here! I’m sure everybody has been nice to you so far and showed you basic info and directions to things all over the place. In order to navigate in Gothenburg, Sweden you will have to have a few things though. A) A bus pass. Without this you are...

Photo Walk!

“We are the ones who want to take photos of the moments in Gothenburg, and who want to walk with new friends” Last Saturday around 2pm, I arrived at the Jaegerdorffsplatsen, which was the meeting point of the first Photo Walk. At first, I was worried if I couldn’t...

A “Party” in Olofshöjd

The Olof’s party was everything I expected and even more! It was bring your own booze (b-y-o-b) based, which made you able to enjoy your own best homemade cocktails (or in my case that gruesome 7.2% beer).The underground motion hall location was absolutely fabulous –...

Gothenburg Nightlife – The Best Venues in Town!

The night life in Gothenburg is explosive with fun and exotic entertainment. The city at night is on fire with a multitude of international energy and the streets are buzzing with people from all cultures and eclectic parts of the world! Different cultural events have...

Kompassen International Party!

Wanting to try out everything, I decided to go to yet another welcome party. This time it was a party in Kompassen Mall. Yes a mall, I was surprised as well and a little bit intrigued with the concept. When I arrived, I was greeted by a super friendly security guy who...

Musician Bands in Gothenburg

Artist, musicians, and filmmakers thrive all over Gothenburg whether they are mainstream, independent, big, or small. They are here to inspire, maintain, achieve, and spread their creative individualistic energy throughout the city. I believe it is artistic expression...

Biopalatset Cinema

  Although it is not the cheapest cinema I have ever been, it is certainly worth a visit – especially now the new Hunger Games movie Catching Fire is out!A ticket is about 130 SEK (although they did not check my bag for any beverages or snacks that might be smuggled...

Bar Foxx

“Because sometimes you just need to put that smile back on your face.” I met Andreas, the owner of Bar Foxx, during my Ibiza trip in October this year. Andreas is a Dj from Gothenburg and he opened his café, four months back in Vasagatan, out of the urge to create a...

Searching for Apartments in Gothenburg.. not such an easy task!

Finding placement in student housing or searching for student apartments can be quite difficult given the circumstances of the Swedish system and how it works here! For one, when renting an apartment, the Swedish system has its own queuing system, which is very...

Gothenburg On The Go

Gothenburg is always moving, adapting, changing, and evolving into a multitude of creativity and self-expression. With over 520,374 people living inside the city and a huge portion of those people being international, it makes Gothenburg a very diverse and cultural...

Surviving in Gothenburg

The truth is… living in Sweden can become dramatically difficult if you don´t adapt to the culture and adapt quickly before the winter slowly creeps up on you! Sweden is a whole new eye opener for an international individual and it could be a shocking yet wonderful...

You got the “Winter Blues”?

Living in Gothenburg can always be tough when the weather drastically changes during the months of November and December. People tend to become less open and definitely much more withdrawn and to themselves. Despite, the beautiful into the “Shire” hobbit type feel in...

Life is a Circus (Circo Loco at DC-10 closing party)

Well…. this story is so crazy and unreal that I really don’t know where to start. There is so much to tell but I’ll try and keep it short and interesting. It all started when I met Sam right at the beginning of this semester. He randomly walked up to my friends and me...

In search of snow, reindeers and the northern lights…

Coming halfway around the world to Sweden, I could not miss out on the most noted icons – the freezing winter, the wilderness and the notorious northern lights. My simple quest to experience these three elements turned out to be even better than I had imagined. After...

Winter Trends in Gothenburg!

Each city or culture has trends that make up society. Trends create a movement within culture and they tend to curve people’s interests. Interests can change over time, but during the Swedish winter, they seem to always redundantly come back due to the...

Christmas At The Door Here in Gothenburg!

Christmas is at the door, and since most of the international people in Gothenburg travel home to spend the holidays with their family, the period of pre-Christmas parties has already began. Actually, they are just another excuse to hang out with lovely people, eat a...

Gothenburg & Numbers!

Studying abroad is always a unique experience. After almost 4 months as an international student in Sweden, this is my colorful life in numbers: 1.000.000 minutes spent on running to catch the tram/bus and even begging the driver to open the door and let me in....

Scandinavian Beauty And All It’s Mysteries

As an international expat I cannot help but adore the beautiful awe aspiring Scandinavian beauty surrounding me. As someone who has recently moved here a few years back, the difference in culture has astounded me in a positive way. Scandinavia has its own special...

Oslo: Our Cheapest City Trip

Yes – that’s right indeed! According to numerous rankings, Oslo places in the top 5 most expensive cities to visit. However, if you really want cheap, you get cheap – and we spent a very reasonable amount of 120€/1000SEK throughout 3,5 days. Both of us wanted to see...

And We Danced… (The Macklemore Experience)

26 October When Petra heard that Macklemore was coming to Stockholm, she became so excited that she immediately got up and bought tickets to see the concert. She amazingly got a spare one and sold it to Dannii – leaving Myrthe very jealous. Not being able to cope with...

Stud-illing at Condeco

Condeco is the perfect place to go if you are tired of studying in the library or in your room. You can find the café in different places in town. We usually chill in the one next to Kompassen or in Nordstan. All their outlets provide free wi-fi and charging spots....

Sports, Activities and Second Hand!

Sports, Activities and Second Hand! Sports The City of Gothenburg have made ready a lot of equipment to be used freely, but unfortunately it can be a bit difficult to find everything. We have because of this gathered different hotspots in the city. This includes...

Looking for a Tenant in Gothenburg?

Are you a GU student going on exchange or for an internship abroad? Or perhaps you just spent a semester at GU and are heading back home? Either way most of us who are not on a student residence and are leaving Gothenburg have the bothersome task of finding someone to...

Erasmus Arrival Day in Gothenburg!

22 January With 270 people arriving in Gothenburg Sweden at the 18th of January there was a certain crew that had their work cut out for them. The students per say were of course excited and nervous at the same time, wondering where they had come and some even saw...

Down, down to the Underground

Have you experienced the whole city of Gothenburg? Do you want to try something new and alternative? Something that has not yet seen the light of the day? If you said yes to at least one question, then you have to consult this short article about an event I have been...

Christmas market at Gunnebo house

Are you looking for the Christmas market? Do you want to enjoy peaceful park and lake at the same time? Then you should definitely visit the Christmas market at Gunnebo house! We visited the market on a Sunday. Before I was invited to this, the only Christmas market I...

Swedish Meatballs and More!

  The student exchange programme is often about stepping beyond one’s comfort zone, to see the world and to meet friends of different nationalities and cultures. The GISA buddy program is one excellent way to do that! Our group consisted of friends from all over the...

Windows

8 February “I discovered windows one afternoon and after that, nothing was ever the same.” Anne Spollen Before arriving in Gothenburg, Sweden, I decided to set myself a task a challenge, if you might, of capturing moments through a window. Now, I must first confess...

Bathroom Frenzy

Do you remember the day you set foot in Gothenburg, Sweden as an Erasmus student abroad? Have you had any fun and outrageous experiences or even met someone who has told you about their own vibrant experiences? It seems that everyone has a story to tell or some gossip...

Gothenburg International Film Festival: Flirting in Korea

It’s Saturday night and time for the Gothenburg International Film festival! I am very excited since this is the first time that I will watch a South Korean movie. The film is called December and is about a girl in her last school year that has a crush on a guy...

A Slottsskogen Sunday

Before heading over to Gothenburg, I was curious as to what the residents of Gothenburg like to do for some rest and relaxation, so I looked it up on the Internet. Along with indulging in fika at a quaint café, a visit to a park came out tops, too. My interest was...

Dubstep på Röda Sten

The area called Röda Sten stands on a remnants of battles between Sweden and Denmark. Area got its name by a red painted boulder which lies next to the shore. According to the legend it was coloured with the blood of a Swedish officer who was killed by the Danes....

All I Want For Sweden is Christmas

Ok, let’s be honest. When it comes to Christmas, Swedes are experts.  These guys have scientifically examined and analyzed the whole concept of Christmas joy. They split it in magnificent parts of festive beauty, dreamy decoration and colorful fantasy, they put it all...

Hisingsparken

I’m a big lover of nature, always trying to go out since exercise in the fresh air is advantageous for good health, I am also trying to animate my fellows to go out as often as possible. Now, if you’re bored of just walking around the block and don’t know where else...

Why a Friend is the Best Thing to Put in Your Luggage

I thought about how we sometimes forget to acknowledge the people dearest to us, simply because we’re so comfortable with them, and it becomes almost easy to overlook their love. That’s why I decided to start off my first post with things that I hold close to my...

The Best Semlor In Town

Kavringsbageriet is the perfect place to feel at home. It is on the opposite side of the bus stop Utlandagatan, which is the nearest from Olofshöjd, our famous student accommodation. Thanks to the big sign KONDITORI you can’t miss it. Kavringsbageriet is a café owned...

International Team – Doing it the right way!

As an American moving to Gothenburg, Sweden I remember having this perplexed feeling of walking backwards trying to learn everything over again.  A language, a culture, a city,  a new beau – cracy, taxes, and so many other perplexed obstacles that can not compare to...

Into the North: Snowmobiles and Scaling Waterfalls

Going on a student trip to Lapland was definitely one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Not only did my journey to the far north of Sweden provide me with new things to see, but I also got to do a lot of things I would never be able to do at home. And the best...

Into The North – Sami and Raindeer!

Going on a student trip to Lapland was definitely one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Not only did my journey to the far north of Sweden provide me with new things to see, but I also got to do a lot of things I would never be able to do at home. And the best...

Film Festival On A Sustainable World

  On the weekend from 22. to 23. of March, the Society of International Affairs (Utrikespolitiska Föreningen Göteborg) held a movie festival. The theme of this year`s festival was sustainable world. There were 5 movies screened and each of them told its own special...

Language Can Be A Tricky Little Thing

But not here in Gothenburg. One of the things that really surprised me when I first came to Sweden is that most Swedish people speak English fluently. It might be thought of as a natural thing here, but it surely is an amazing thing to me.I could not speak Swedish at...

The Nothern Lights

“I am nature. I eat nature. I become nature.” Sigrid Bjørkedal Standing on the road in the middle of the night and waiting patiently – hoping, wishing, praying with every fibre of my being to be able to catch a glimpse of the northern lights. Even if it didn’t appear,...

Snippets of Welcoming Spring

22 April As spring started to dawn upon us, a group of us decided to make use of the barbeque pits in Olofshöjd. It was an impromptu meet up amongst friends who have travelled and been away from each other for weeks. It was an opportunity to make use of the good...

Valborg: Enjoying the Wickedly Chalmers Cortège

One of the nicest things about studying abroad is learning something about local traditions. One of these is Valborg (Walpurgis). Despite being named after Walpurga, a Christian saint, this Swedish celebration isn’t very religious in nature. Instead, the Swedes use...

10 Places You Should not Miss in and around Haga

I’m sure all of us are familiar with Haga. When we google Gothenburg, Haga would definitely be in the top hits of our search results. I’ve been to Haga a few times myself, and that should be enough… or so you’d think. Yes, we’ve walked on the rustic cobblestones,...

From this Generation to the Next: Tips for Your Stay in Gothenburg

Knowing that I’ll be leaving this city in two months fills my heart with sorrow. It seems only yesterday that I first arrived, dragging two big suitcases around the city with me. Most of my friends will leave at the end of the month, and as I try to make the best out...