Another blogger! Yes, prodded by several of my Facebook friends, I have decided to start a blog because they seem to think I have something to say. The condensed version will (ultimately) be in the “About” section, but here’s the long story:
I was born in Sweden (sometime in the 1970’s) and found myself moving to Montgomery, Alabama in the USA in 1987. Having spent the time since – almost 30 years – away from Sweden, personal circumstances now dictate that I move back. To Sweden. Alone. After 30 years away. Did I mention I’m doing this on my own?
Fortunately, thanks to the foresight of my parents, I speak very passable Swedish (along with a couple of other European languages) so I’m not going in totally blind. However, I have no illusions about this being some kind of rose-tinted homecoming; to me, Sweden is a foreign country – I just happen to have a Swedish-sounding name, am able to speak the language and don’t look immediately “foreign”.
The reason my Facebook friends were (mis-?) led into thinking I have something to say about this is the enormous publicity Sweden has been getting back in the USA recently, through both the Bernie Sanders’ campaign in the Democrat Party primaries and, more recently, through the very high share of refugees accepted by Sweden. Bernie is said to have portrayed Sweden as a Social Democratic Utopia (although some disagreed) and the recent influx of refugees has been described, depending on the political standpoint of the speaker as good or bad.
Through this blog, I will write about my own – highly personal and not all objective, journalistic or otherwise relevant – experiences when arriving in Sweden as a recent immigrant, albeit one who speaks reasonable Swedish and could probably hide in a group of 5 or more Swedes without being spotted. Feel free to comment or ask questions, but, as my old homeroom History Teacher used to say: “Don’t say anything that will embarrass your mother or my children”.