Posts Tagged ‘Systemet’
Just another small observation from the land of the midnightsun: When people get their salaries, hell breaks loose. The phenomenon is called “lönehelg” – “salary-weekend” and happens twelve times per year, always on the weekend after the 25th.
The entire working population gets paid that day. Swedes then feel so rich, Read the rest of this entry »
Someone interviewed Johan Hakelius in Dagens Nyheter the other day. He has written a new book about extravagant British ladies, none of which are alive today. Johan is known for his love for England and long gone centuries. He is also quite cynical and not at all lagom in his statements.
His British-Swedish insights made me smile. Read the rest of this entry »
Creative people often produce excellent work under time pressure. Filip and Fredrik are no exception. They are journalists, writers, comedians and TV-hosts and they are always together. Almost ten years ago they started their own little shop called Framgångsfabriken ”successfactory”, which rejoices the swedish population with a lot of spontaneous action ever since.
With one week left to the elections they have now come up with a brilliant idea about how to save us from Sverigedemokraterna, Read the rest of this entry »
“They are kicking us out of the apartment!”
“Boat sinking now!”
“The city hall is on fire!!”
“What? Where? What can I do?” would be an expected reaction. And the Prussian part of me instantly throws a net of structure over the situation to identify priorities and a timing for solving the mess. Whereas many of P’s fellow countrymen easily switch to relax-mode. This might come as a surprise to many, but there are quite some soft beats and ganja in the Swedish soul. Read the rest of this entry »
They have not been very reliable this summer.
We woke up to wind that never was predicted and the big baltic rainstorm arrived early last tuesday.
New in the north, I often laughed at sunny swedish mornings, welcomed with a blank look: ”But they said it would rain!” Instead of ”Good morning! Coffee?” and took it as an example of the Scandinavian weather obsession.
Of course wrong predictions can get you into serious trouble when dinners are planned long in advance and all guests arrive exactly at 18.00h.
But it began dawning on me that the source for irritation isn’t solely unexpected winds.
”They” are not the weather guys. They are some kind of higher authority. They seem to sit somewhere with a very big joystick, causing insecurity and confusion when things go wrong.
To this day I have not entirely understood if ”They” sit in the same imaginary building as ”They” giving out rental contracts and those in charge of personal numbers. They seem to be connected to a system you can freely complain about and expect stuff from. ”I should get a 3 bedroom apartment”. A bit like parents.
Fatherland, motherland, my new homeland.
14.15: the sun just came.