Greetings from Stockholm, Sweden!

by Talia Klundt / Feb 07, 2012 /
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My name is Talia Klundt and I am blogging from Stockholm, Sweden.  I came out to Stockholm over three years ago to do my masters after two years of living and working in Rome.  While Rome is an amazing place to be located in, I felt it was time for a change and was wanting to a masters program abroad that focused on international education.  My dream is to work in higher education and help promote study abroad/student exchange worldwide and encourage many more young people and students to take time to go overseas for part of their university career or to just spend time living in a new country and culture. 

 

Stockholm, Sweden

Stadshuset (City Hall)

 

Stockholm, Sweden

Gamla Stan (Old Town) as seen from Slussen

 

Lucky for me, I found the perfect program at Stockholm University, I applied and got in, thus making it an easy decision to ship everything over and start my new life in Stockholm. Up until last fall, university was FREE for everyone, no matter what nationality you were, so I did my masters here tuition free.  Policies have changed, and now they are only free for EU/EFTA nationals.   I have been fortunate enough to come to Sweden several times over the last eleven years to visit close friends so I was very prepared for the big step and excited to be living in another part of Europe, so rich with history and at the same time cosmopolitan and trendy. 

 

Stockholm, Sweden

Gamla Stan (Old Town)

 

Stockholm, Sweden

View of Östermalm and The Grand Hotel

 

Stockholm is referred to as the capital of Scandinavia and is the largest of all the capitals.  It is truly a beautiful city, surrounded by forests, nature reserves, lakes and of course the sea.  What makes Stockholm a bit unique from other cities in Sweden is that it is built on many islands forming an archipelago.  One of the largest in the Baltic Sea, it is made up of over 30,000 islands and inlets!  It is very hard to believe that so many islands make up the archipelago.  Summer time is the perfect season to take one of the many daily ferries and go out and explore new islands and even go island hopping!  It might not be quite like island hopping in Greece, but I can assure you it is beautiful and tranquil.  It is one of those moments you must experience for yourself. 

 

Stockholm, Sweden

Djurgården

 

Stockholm, Sweden

Fjäderholmarna (The Feather Islands), one of the closest of the archipelago islands, only a 20 minute ferry ride from the city

 

Stockholm, Sweden

 Fjäderholmarna

 

 

 

Besides spectacular nature, Stockholm boasts top notch restaurants, a great nightlife, several museums and culture events and very happy and friendly people, making it a very easy place to transition to.  Although it is a little over one million population wise, it still feels homey and cozy and very welcoming to new faces!  I am excited to share my life and the city of Stockholm to you!

 

 

Talia is the Sweden Editor for Wandering Educators