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Just another American living in Sweden

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half way to 30

By this I mean I’m half way between being 25 and 30, and I would like to check in and see how I’m doing on my 30 before 30 list.


Ideally, I’d be half way through…

  1. Topping off my 25 before 25 list means two international trips. One to Italy and one to Greece, these have yet to be completed or even booked. Though I have gotten married, watched some IMDb movies, and found a great lasagna recipe. I’m still working on running a marathon, painting a painting, learning to play the guitar and doing a handstand push-up. 3/9 – not quite half.
  2. There are 20 items on my Things to do in Sweden list, and I have completed 16 of them. Though I’ve only posted on 11, so stay tuned. I’m definitely more than half way done on this one, so that feels good.
  3. Still going strong on reading a book a month.
  4. I’ve only read 10 of the 24 books that I own and have not yet read, so that’s certainly not half way.
  5. And I have yet to read a single one of Francine’s “Books to be Read Immediately”.
  6. I have my Swedish driver’s licence.
  7. As well as my Swedish passport.
  8. I have not seen the Grand Canyon.
  9. Nor have I gone to Vegas.
  10. Evelina and I went to Iceland on our honeymoon. We highly recommend the helicopter rides.
  11. I still need to build a savings plan in order to strictly follow it.
  12. My family tree is still just a seed, in need of soil, water and sunshine. To be honest, I haven’t even been to the store to buy the seed. That is to say, I haven’t even begun.
  13. I did my best running å-loppet this summer, but my training was not up to par (a.k.a. non existant).
  14. The long list of posts that I’ve promised to write is not so long anymore, I only have 8 of 26 posts to write to get everything wrapped up and tied with a bow.
  15. Four of five things to DIM (do it myself) off of Pintrest ain’t bad, I’m definitely pleased to be well on my way with this one.
  16. No cruises completed or planned, unfortunatley.
  17. With one of ten movies watched, I can’t exactly claim to be half way on my IMDb movie list.
  18. And zero of five Nordic movies watched is certainly not the percentage we were looking for.
  19. I have started my university studies, soon to be 1/3 of the way through my degree, so this one is definitely a check plus.
  20. Baking a princess cake is still squarely in the “To Do” column.
  21. Seven of ten things to cook from Eggtons blog is a great place to be at my half way point.
  22. No barking dogs here.
  23. I did get a brand spankin’ new pair of glasses, that time I accidentally got an eye infection. (Does anyone purposefully get an eye infection…?)
  24. No graduation to attend yet.
  25. And no Ice Hotel visits.
  26. No Northern Light sightings.
  27. And I am a long way off from getting 100 burpees in.
  28. Of course, that big birthday surprise was an event to remember! Cross that one off the list.
  29. There’s no need to start planning my big birthday bash yet.
  30. My 35 before 35 list is also still a long way off.

With only 6 things completed, and 4 items half way completed I’m more than a stone’s throw away from the halfway point on this list. That’s okay though, still two and a half years to go!


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swedish elections

If you were an American voting in the Swedish elections how would you vote?

Today is election day in Sweden, and for the first time I get to vote, with my newly acquired citizen status.


The thing is, I still haven’t decided how to vote. I’m totally new to politics in Sweden so I’m playing catch up.

Here are the parties:

  • The Center Party (Centerpartiet )
  • The Liberal People’s Party (Folkpartiet Liberalerna)
  • The Christian Democrats (Kristdemotraterna)
  • The Green Party (Miljöpartiet de Gröna)
  • The Moderate Party (Moderata samlingspartiet)
  • The Swedish Social Democratic Party (Sveriges socialdemokratiska arbetsparti)
  • The Sweden Democrats (Sverigedemotraterna)
  • The Left Party (Vänsterpartiet)

On election day you go to your assigned voting place and write in your ballot. Information is sent home in advance about when and where you can vote. Everyone has the opportunity to vote in advance, so basically there is no excuse not to vote…unless you still don’t know who to vote for…

This is what they stand for, or what I can tell are their big points of interest in the coming election.

  • The Center Party aims to make all areas of Sweden inhabitable as one of their bigger standing points this election. Much of Sweden’s land is not inhabited, and the Center Party would like to increase the Swedish people’s ability to live in more remote places by making all services available in cities available in remote areas as well as decreasing the taxes on gas to facilitate transportation. In general the Center party aims to decentralize government power by giving more decisive power to the municipalities of Sweden, as well in the past being opposed to nuclear power. This election the center party aims to create more jobs through supporting small business owners.
  • The Liberal People’s Party stands for gender equality and aims to work towards improving the school system in Sweden. This election the Liberal People’s Party aims to bring more power to those working in the school system in order to uphold a certain level of discipline and order in the class room. The Liberal People’s Party even aims to increase nuclear power in Sweden.
  • The Christian Democrats: stand for the Swedish family. It is important for the Swedish family to be able to decide for themselves what is best, for example how individual families choose to send their children to pre-school or divide up “parent vacation days”. The Christian Democrats also support lower taxes and decreasing regulations on companies in general, as well as better care for the elderly.
    Kristdemokraterna ..
    Side bar: In Sweden parents have the right to one year of “parent vacation days” for their newly born children.
  • The Green Party: stands for creating an environmentally responsible Sweden. This election the Green Party aims to even increase the salaries of teachers in order to reverse the decline in Swedish schools. The Green Party believes that our biggest responsibility as humans is to achieve environmental responsibility and create a sustainable planet.
  • The Moderate Party stands for economic liberalism and aims to support more private businesses and a general decrease in many taxes. This election the Moderate Party is focusing on job creation. The Moderate Party supports increased discipline in Swedish schools in order to combat declining results, as well as maintaining an open border policy especially with regards to refugees.
  • The Swedish Social Democratic Party: stands for equality, all people have the right to equal opportunity in all areas of life. This election they are focusing on anti-racism and creating a Sweden that welcomes immigrants and asylum seekers alike. The Swedish Social Democrats aim to increase opportunities for people to obtain higher degrees in order to increase their opportunities to get a job. This election the Swedish Social Democratic Party is against private schools which earn money and possibly make decisions with money in focus rather than the students. In general the Left Party supports free healthcare and free education.
  • The Sweden Democrats: stand for the restriction of entrance into Sweden. People seeking asylum in Sweden will have to go through a more rigorous process in order to gain the right to live in Sweden. The Sweden Democrats support a social corporatist economy. This election the Sweden Democrats support an increase in specifically educated teaching professionals in schools to improve the environment in schools.
  • The Left Party stands for equality. This election the Left Party is focusing on creating a Sweden where everyone has the opportunity to go to the dentist, so that it is no longer a class question whether or not the Swedish people can afford going to the dentist. This election the Left Party is particularly against private schools that earn money and potentially make decisions with money in mind instead of students. In general the Left Party supports free healthcare and free education.

We’re set to write in our ballots today, and I’ve yet to make a final decision. So, I’ll ask you again. How would you vote?




(all political party pictures from Wikipedia)