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Five reasons to move to Sweden

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At one point in our lives, we all consider moving to another country. With nations bordering every 600 miles or so, Europe offers more opportunities than anywhere else in the world. Sweden is a modern, liberal country with comprehensive social policies, yet it has some of the most beautiful scenery. While their national language might not be the most widespread – prata svenska? – most of the population speak perfect English so you can actually live there for years without learning the local vocabulary (not that you should!). But let’s take a look at what makes Sweden great.

Nature

The first national parks in Europe were created in Sweden in the early 1900s. The country now boasts 30 national parks, over 4,000 nature reserves and is a world leader in the preservation of wildlife and the natural world. If you’re environmentally conscious and want to live somewhere where each person regards protecting nature as their responsibility, you can broaden your ecological knowledge, explore a country that’s accessible to everyone – thanks to Allemansrätten, the right to roam – and enjoy some of Sweden’s glorious landscapes.

The weather and the food

Despite what you might think, Sweden has a relatively mild climate, with warmer seasons depending on where you are along the coastline. Although in the north, the winters are colder and longer with a good covering of snow, the south of gets very little and the temperatures in July and August are similar to those seen in most British summers. That’s a good thing because August is the month when Swedes host their traditional crayfish parties – Kräftskiva – celebrating this national delicacy on warm summer evenings. In fact, Swedish cuisine encompasses a whole range of foods that relate the country’s history and traditions of foraging and fishing, as well everyone’s classic family meatball recipe – there are also plenty of delicious sweet treats to enjoy, particularly during your daily fika.

Fun activities

Fika is not just taking a moment to drink a cup of coffee. It’s a reflective, often social time in the day where people consciously make time to take a break. The Allemansrätten also keeps people outdoors all year round; there are over 100 ski resorts to choose from in the winter and plenty of foraging opportunities in Spring and Simmer. But the activities aren’t just outdoors, there’s a thriving online gaming environment that you can explore with review websites such as www.casino.se. Whether you are at home or out and about, there are always things to do.

Sweden can boast the best benefits in the world

The work-life balance in Sweden must be the envy of many. Though taxes are high, the gains are too, with affordable health care, free education for EU/EEA citizens, generous parental leave for both female and male workers who choose to have children and city transport networks that work – and help to keep cars off the road. This health and green-conscious country also runs off more than 50% renewable energy and has one of the fastest internet connections in Europe.

A wonderful (and equal) social system

Sweden has a great reputation, particularly in its attitude towards gender equality in the workplace and in society. Women represent a good proportion of employees in government agencies and management roles across various sectors – though their numbers do fluctuate from year to year. The nation’s childcare system is one of the best in the world, with free daycare available and ever-evolving practices to improve the quality and meet the needs of children in their early education. In Sweden, the focus is for everyone to collaborate and contribute towards the social system and therefore all can benefit from it.

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Local footballer jets off to Sweden

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spiring soccer star, Orlin Petersen from Southfield, is excited to be heading to Sweden to participate in the Gothia Cup in July.

For Petersen, this is the fruit of his love for soccer that he has carried in his heart for years.“I am blessed with very good support, with my family encouraging me at all times. I can say it all took hard work, discipline, focus and determination to get here.”

He is currently training hard and is even taking advantage of the Argus Cycling Tour taking place next month to stay fit and ready for the overseas game.

Petersen also praised his team, Tramway FC, which has made it possible for him to fulfil his passion and share “love to win.”

His love for soccer was inspired by his father who used to play and at a later stage became a coach and chairperson of a team.

“It started at an early age. I used to attend all sessions and training with the soccer team my father used to coach.”

However, Petersen said, another reason to stay committed in soccer is to keep away from social ills and he is hoping to be a good example in his community. He has even taken it upon himself to help his family raise the R25 000 needed for the overseas trip. For the past few months, they have been hosting a series of events to this end. The next event coming up is a disco that will take place on Friday 8 March at Square Hill Hall in Retreat from 19:00.

“Due to crimes in our community, I want to encourage other youngsters to see that anything is possible, but I can only achieve this with the support of the community. And I thank all those that have come out to support me so far.”

V For more information about supporting Petersen, call 076 348 4202.

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Sweden’s grid operator plans $1.4 bn investments in 2020-2022

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OSLO: Sweden‘s grid operator Svenska Kraftnat plans to spend 13 billion Swedish crowns ($1.40 billion) on electricity grid investments over the next three years, it said on Tuesday.

The grid’s business plan, for the years 2020-2022, was submitted to the Swedish government and the investment budget it contains is devoted to strengthen its backbone network and transmission capacity.

“The core network needs to be expanded in step with the development of society and so that political ambitions can be fulfilled without the network constituting a strong limiting factor,” said its acting director Lotta Medelius-Bredhe.

About 4.35 billion crowns of the suggested investments relate to 2020, said the firm, adding that the plan will include an increased proportion of projects with large information technology content.

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Sweden’s former prime minister just dragged Bernie Sanders for this Soviet love fest

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) loves Sweden. One of its former leaders doesn’t exactly love him.

The 2020 contender has spent a lot of time praising Sweden and other Nordic countries for their policies focused on the working class. But in a Monday morning tweet, Sweden’s ex-prime minister Carl Bildt took direct aim at a 1988 speech, in which Sanders lauded a far more socialist nation.

In the speech, then-congressman Sanders touted the “very very effective” transportation system, “chandeliers that were beautiful,” and puppet shows he saw on a visit to the Soviet Union. The conservative Bildt sarcastically called out these “stunning socialist achievements” in his tweet, before mentioning that the socialist state later “collapsed under the weight of its own spectacular failures.”

During the 2016 election cycle, Sanders’ Scandinavian praise prompted then-presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to suggest Sanders would be “a really good candidate for president — of Sweden.” He’s only running for U.S. president right now, but it looks like he doesn’t have Bildt’s endorsement for either office. Kathryn Krawczyk

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