Life in Sweden

You don’t need to live in Sweden to be a Swedish Freak

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Life is a funny thing. It never turns out how you expect it, and it never turns out how you plan it, no matter how hard you try.

I suppose otherwise life would be pretty boring. Sometimes you just have to accept the path that life gives you and follow it.

Usually life knows what it is doing, and leads you to a better place.

So I try to let the river of life lead me to where I need to go. And while I may hit a rapid here or there, and spin around a little pool area for awhile, I always know that the river of life will take me to where I need to be.

Unfortunately, at this time in my life, Sweden is not one of the places I need to be right now.

This is nothing against Sweden or the Swedish. For the short time I had to live in Sweden, I truly became a Swedish Freak and the country and its wonderful citizens found a place in my heart that will always be there.

So what will happen to Well, I say, I don’t need to live in Sweden to be a Swedish Freak!

As many of you have read, I did a quiz about “How Swedish Are you?“. And it didn’t end with the questions “Where do you live?” There are so many parts of Sweden all around us, no matter where you are living.

Through this site I have met Swedish Freaks in the continental US, in Alaska, in Russia… Everywhere around the world. These are true Swedish Freaks, and they may not have yet had the opportunity to live a life in Sweden as I have, but that doesn’t make them any less of a Swedish Freak than I am.

So I will find the Swedish here in Montana, and when I can’t find it I will bring it. I also still have many Swedish experiences I have not posted here yet, so I will get a chance to update my blog and reflect even more on my 20 months in Sweden.

I luckily have many great friends in Sweden who I hope I can visit to bring you more posts about Sweden, and I hope I will be lucky enough to find some Swedish Freaks out there who live in Sweden and want to share with us their take on life in Sweden.

So while this site may change a bit with my current circumstances, the core of it will not change. The love of Sweden, Swedish, and its people will not change. And it will still be a welcome haven for all the Swedish Freaks out there.



  1. February 9, 2012 at 18:18 — Reply

    It is too bad that you were unable to return to Sweden. I hope that things will work out for you here. There is a little bit of Sweden everywhere, and you will not believe the places you will find it.

    • February 9, 2012 at 18:49 — Reply

      That is what I’m hoping!

  2. Youma
    February 9, 2012 at 23:46 — Reply

    All because of the visa problem? That’s terrible!

    • February 10, 2012 at 01:37 — Reply

      No, actually it is because of lost love. I was there on a “sambo” visa, and without a sambo, I’m without a visa. I probably could have fought tooth and nail to stay without that visa, but like I said, I like to follow the river… So I’m catching up with my family in Montana for now.

  3. February 10, 2012 at 20:00 — Reply

    Good luck with anything you decide to tackle in the future!

  4. February 12, 2012 at 23:22 — Reply

    Sorry to hear that! Everyday is a new beginning however.

  5. February 15, 2012 at 10:24 — Reply

    You aren’t coming back 🙁 Hope it isn’t just that silly airline counter worker’s fault. Has the embassy been unable to help you in all this? I mean if you have record of your application?

    Either way, sounds like you have a good attitude about the whole thing!

    • February 15, 2012 at 17:21 — Reply

      Nope, not the visa issue, though maybe that was a sign from above to stay here. I was staying in Sweden on a Sambo visa. No sambo, no visa 🙁 Bozeman, Montana is a great place to land though!

  6. Kimberley Beyer
    March 31, 2012 at 20:40 — Reply

    I’m sorry that you can no longer stay in Sweden. We will retire there. I have cousins and family there. Since we will be self supporting and buying property, I don’t think the residence permit or visa will be a problem. I hope that someday, you can be self supporting and return.

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Hilary lived two years in Norrland, Sweden (Northern Sweden) and fell in love with the country. She lives in Prague, Czechia and hopes to one day soon return to Sweden.