Day to Day Living in Sweden
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Day-to-day Living in Sweden
Many Swedish people opt to rent instead of buy. It is a state-run affair, which also means leases and rents are subject to stringent regulation. However, this also means prices are comparatively cheaper than in the UK and other parts of the continent.
If there is one word that connotes Swedish food (no, not meatball) it's hearty; a quintessentially Nordic unity of fish and potatoes. Okay, there is more to it than that, but if we'd mentioned reindeer and potatoes, you may not have read this far.
Swedish cuisine has drawn from many influences, from far-eastern sushi to French gourmet. Unless you are gastronomically erudite, it'll probably be futile listing gravlax, knackebrod or smorgas as some of the national temptations.
Food is comparable to the UK in terms of expense.
The cost of living in Sweden is comparatively high to the rest of Europe. Alcohol, especially, is very expensive. Not only that, but it can only be purchased from the state-run Systembolaget. Like most areas, expenses are heightened in the major cities, and softened in rural, less-populated areas.
Sweden practices the egalitarian ethic. This means everyone is seen and treated as an equal, despite suppositions of grandeur and authority in places such as clubs or the workplace. Swedes subscribe to modesty, so outbursts of egotism are very much frowned upon amongst professional or social circles.
Water and sewage is provided by the regional municipality. Services are subsidised by the state. Water charges in Sweden are comparatively inexpensive, as they cannot legally supersede the costs of supply. Water is safe to drink straight from the tap.
Gas and electricity is available throughout the country. There are two predominant ways of paying utility bills. The first is paying via internet banking facilities. The other is paying at a Swedish Cashier Service.