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  • Politics in Sweden is much more left wing than in the UK which is shown by its full welfare state which most Swedish people are very proud of despite any slight issues over the cost. at the moment there is a coalition government called the alliance for sweden between the 4 relatively right wing parties. There will also be a general election in September. Sweden has been a member of the EU since 1995 and hosted the EU presidency in 2009. There is a tradition of neutrality in Sweden since the first world war and this has turned into Sweden being part of many peace keeping and negotiators across the world as well as giving large amounts of international aid.
  • Sweden has a reputation for being very environmentally friendly and is one of the few countries that has met its Kyoto agreements. There is lots of recycling in Sweden and a glass deposit system where glass bottles can be returned to get a small deposit back again. Cycling is also much more common in sweden than in the UK especailly in uppsala. Allemanstratten means everyman's right – where you can walk and camp freely in the open countryside as long as you do no damage. It also shows the love of nature and outside sports in Sweden, with hiking and camping being very popular activities. The large national park system whi9ch contains over 3.5% of sweden combines the environmental concerns with the outdoor sports.

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  • Svinesund Bridge, Norway-Sweden Sweden & Norway A Presentation by Phill, Shane, Ruth, Maria, Chris and Kate
  • A Shared History & Culture Union of Sweden-Norway (1814 –1905) Kalmar Union (1357-1523) Nordic Passport Union The Viking Age (8 th - 13 th Century) Lutheran Christianity North Germanic Languages Egalitarianism
  • Scandinavian Foods Köttbullar Meatballs (Sweden) Smoked Salmon (Norway) Fårikål Stewed Lamb & Cabbage (Norway) Rye Bread Pickled Herring Klippfisk Dried, Salted Cod (North Norway)
  • Some Key Facts Sweden Norway Population 9.3 Million 4.8 Million Capital Stockholm Oslo Language Swedish Norwegian Currency Krona (SEK) Krone (NOK) 'Big Mac' Price £3.02 £3.81 Dialling Code +46 +47
  • Uppsala Cathedral Gustav Vasa Bernadotte dynasty Olof Palme
    • Sweden has a population of approximately 9,325,429 people.
    • Its capital city is Stockholm
    • Other major cities include Gothenburg Malmo and Uppsala
  • Malmo Gothenburg Uppsala
    • 85% of the population are ethnic Swedes
    • The other 15 percent are made up of persons from Finland, other Nordic countries, Iraq, Bosnia, Africa, China, Yugoslavia, Thailand, Chile, Lebanon and Poland.
    • Swedish is the official language of Sweden.
    • Other languages include:
      • English
      • Meankieli
      • Sami
      • Romani
      • Yiddish
    • Sweden’s main religion is Christianity (Lutheran)
    • There is also a small population of Jews and Muslims
    • Sweden has a system of universal healthcare, whereas all members of society have access to proper services
    • It is funded through taxes and nominal fees.
    • Ranked as one of the best health care centres in the world.
    • Swedish Krona
      • 1 Krona = 0.0901 Pounds
      • 1 Pound = 11.10 Krona
    • (as of May 4 th 2010)
  • Politics
    • Left wing
    • Welfare State
    • EU
    • Election
    • Alliance for Sweden Coalition
    • Peace
    • Environmental Reputation
    • Kyoto
    • Recycling
    • Glass return system
    • Cycling
    • Allemanstratten
    • Nature
    • National Parks
  • Accommodation - Uppsala Uppsala University doesn’t provide accommodation for the majority of its students however it will seek housing for its exchange and study abroad students. This housing will usually be single rooms in apartments with shared amenities such as kitchens and laundrettes. Study abroad students will have the choice to select from a variety of housing options, including housing with Swedish students or just international students.
  • Local Transport Bicycle- FREE! Bus 20 SEK=£1.80 Taxi 120 SEK-£11
  • Student Life - Uppsala Uppsala offers a ‘student nations’ program for every student, including those studying from abroad. Each student will have to choose to join one of the 13 student nations. Joining these student nations will provide you with an informal chance to interact with some of the other students studying at Uppsala. Every student will have to pay a compulsory joining fee of around 150 – 200 SEK (12 – 20 pounds approximately).
  • Visiting Other Countries You can board a ferry from Stockholm to Helsinki. The ferry also goes to Turku in Finland and Estonia. It takes around 16 hours from Stockholm to Helsinki in the overnight ferry costing around £30.
  • Getting There Flights- http://www.edreams.co.uk London Stansted Stockholm Arlanda £55 return (excl. admin fee) Train- Arlanda express Stockholm- Arlanda Uppsala £9 single
  • 'Dugnad' Norway Rich in Natural resources: petroleum, minerals, fish Winter Sports Champions Viking History
  • “ One evening, I was walking along a path, the city was on one side and the fjord below...I stopped and looked out over the fjord as the sun was setting, and the clouds turning blood red. I sensed a scream passing through nature...I painted this picture, the clouds as actual blood...This became The Scream.” - Edvard Munch Fjords 'The Scream' Geirangerfjord Romsdalsfjord
  • Music Tromsø Open Air Festival Black Metal
  • Bergen 'The Cultural Capital'
  • Getting There By Plane 2 Hours, £120+ Oslo-Bergen Railway 7 Hours, £30+
  • Getting Around Bus #100 FREE Travel Around Bergen! Night buses run on Fridays & Saturdays Bergen Card
  • Some tips for staying in Norway.
  • Arriving in Bergen you may start to think about how much you actually know about your host country.
  • Remember to read up properly on your host Country and don’t take anything as given! As well as giving you need-to-know Information you can also pick up tips To save money and to have a more fufilling Experience. You may have some idea of what Norway might be like….
  • Then you can land with a more realistic idea Of how you’ll be living abroad.
  • Accomodation
  • Taking the monorail to Bergen you will find yourself in Fantoft student hostel which is full of 1,300 exchange students. You might be living here!
  • American France. Living in a multicultural environment there will be more than just one cultural divide! Konnichiwa G’day Hey bonjour Guten Tag
  • Shopping
  • Hvor er ost? Where is the cheese? ølet er dyr!! The beer is expensive!! der er nei fortreffelig noodles! There are no super noodles! Some things in the supermarket will be different so it helps to know how to ask for help. Remember to keep receipts to reclaim tax!
  • Academics
  • !TIP! As Books in Norway are expensive It may be worth while to buy text Books before arriving in Bergen While at university it is possible that you will Only have 4 hours in university per week BUT !The work load may be a lot heavier! A lot of independent work has to be done!
    • Courses
    • Each module is worth 15 ECTS credits
    • Two Modules Each Semester are taken and
    • Tend to be more in-depth!
    • !There are many courses taught in English!
  • The End Enjoy the Study Abroad Experience! g