Today, the 6:th of June is the Swedish national day. Happy Birthday, Sweden!
I thought I'd take the opportunity to share some of the differences I've observed between Sweden and New Zealand since we moved here almost two years ago.
Yes, both Swedes and Kiwis talk a lot about the weather, only in New Zealand we have, what we call April weather in Sweden, all year around. That is all: the four seasons weather on the same day. And longer summers, at least here in Raglan.
The seasons change by the calendar here in New Zealand and in Sweden, it’s by the temperature.
- Sweden is on the opposite side of the globe.
- When it's winter here it's summer there.
- When it's night here, it's day there. The time difference is 10 hours now and when Sweden goes into wintertime and New Zealand goes into summertime there is a 12 hours time difference.
- We drive on the opposite side of the road
- Soccer is a summer sport in Sweden and a winter sport in New Zealand
In Sweden, you can buy tomatoes in the store all year round at about the same price. When we came here in winter July I couldn’t believe how expensive tomatoes was, and a lot of other things. I kind of like it now, to shop groceries adjusted to the season and really enjoy our local organic veggie and fruit bag.
When we moved into our first rental house we were really surprised to see that curtains, but not fridge and washer, was included in the rent. We soon learnt that curtains actually have a function here, except looking nice, they protect against wind and weather. Which moves us to the next subject: Houses
In Sweden, a house is a place where you take of your outdoor clothes and the temperature is always between 19-21 degrees all year around. My experience of the New Zealand houses is that they protect you from the rain but then its good to have the same temperature on the inside as on the outside so you are in contact with nature and get some fresh air.
Homeschooling is actually illegal in Sweden since 2010. In New Zealand, on the other hand, it is a legal alternative to the public school system.
I could go on… but I’ll save it for another day. It Is so interesting to be living in another country and learn new rules and get to know the culture.
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