Sweden is North from Berlin

If you ask many people in this city, nothing exists in the North from Berlin. They are already suffering under the Nordic weather that we have here and would never even in case of an emergency want to go further North. Coming from the South I was always fascinated by the North. It could be that there are some viking and rural fantasies playing a role there. When I visited Sweden last week I was kind of surprised how quiet and  idyllic the whole scenario is. A bunch of bloggers and me where chosen to discover Goeteborg and Stockholm. Some new discoveries from the land of delicious cinamon rolls from a Berlin perspective  and some photographic impressions afte the jump.

10 things I found out:

1.The Swedish people were really thirsty in the past and built there cities on the water. Yes, i know that this is not an urban speciality for Sweden. But I really felt like 90% of the cities consists of water.

2. A lot of my favourite brands are from Sweden like 5preview, Acne, Nakkna, Carin Wester and Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair. Sadly the prices are even more high than in Germany.

3. German people – no matter how smart and pretty they are – have a complex of inferiority towards more Nordic countries. I had to listen to a bunch of people complainig the whole time how ugly and unstylish they felt. Please: You all look amazing so get over it.

picture: Matze Hielscher

4. Swedish nightlife consist of two things. Legal boring parties. And illegal great parties. Some of my friends told me that you have to get some Facebook invites to find out where illegal parties take place. So before going to Stockholm try to hook up with some Swedish hipsters and get some insights.

5. Danish people are hotter than Swedish people. Still Sweden is candyland if you are into blond and emotionally cold people.It is really subjective, discriminating and sexually objectifying to write those things and I think I will get some post gender lessons from my Turkish tandem partner. Shame on me!

6.  Swedish people love fancy vintage amusement parks. With the lack of  frenetic nightlive I think that a rollercoaster might be the only alternative for some adrenaline. Still I was impressed how nicely the parks were.

7. Swedish is a beautiful language. Still no need to learn it since they are all perfect English wannabe-native-speakers.

8. Tattoos are really common. People are proud of them and don’t feel sexually harrassed if you ask them to strip in front of you just to see them all.

picture: Matze Hielscher

9. Swedish people don`t care about football. There were several heterosexual guys who could not tell me when Sweden was playing. A really good reason to move there I think.

picture: Matze Hielscher

10. Sweden’s cities – no matter how big they are – will never be urban. Too much prettiness and cleanness around to become a real big city. For us Berliners visiting Göteborg or Stockholm is like pure relaxation. No big city hassle at all and still great cultural and shopping opportunities.

In the upcoming days I will post a little shopping guide for Stockholm. So stay tuned. For now I thank Visit Sweden and Airberlin for the support. If you want to find out more about our trip check it out here. I also want to thank my great travel companions that they have tolerated me with all my daily bitchiness and anti football mood. They were: I Love Ponys, I heart BerlinTravelettesJust TravelousLea von LesMadsStylespionIntroMusikexpressTripwolf, Mit Vergnügen and the beautiful Anna from Lachsbrötchen who is the covergirl of this article.

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<a href="https://www.iheartberlin.de/author/cr/" target="_self">Claudio</a>