Some more about us wonderful Swedes.

The only photo I could take today, after that it got to dark.

We Swedes knows that we are the best people in the world and loves to tell that constantly to all the other people on this planet 🙂 There´s no problem we Swedes can´t solve in the absolute best way for every one 🙂 🙂 🙂 Sweden is the conscience of the world! But I guess You already knew that 🙂 🙂 🙂 For instance, we tell all the world how important it is to protect the indigenous people and their rights and urges them to sign that act in the UN. The problem is that we haven´t signed that ourselves. That would cost us to much money 🙂 🙂 🙂

We love to tell countries that is placed in the rainforest regions to protect their old forests, we urge people not to buy furniture’s made of trees from there, but we really don´t care about our own old forests. Up till now only a couple percent is protected here and those old forests usually grows high up in the mountains where the trees needs much more time to grow back, if they ever do.

We´ve always been taken care of by the state in one or the other way, so we really don´t like to take important decisions in our lives. We want the state to give us the solutions to all things we need to do. Or we ant the unions to deal with those problems that might concern our working life. But we don´t want to do any work ourselves, someone else should do the work for us.

We got really chocked some years ago when we suddenly had to decide about how 4% (I think it is that much) of the money for the retirement should be placed in the market. We got loads of fonds to choose from, everything from the safest bond funds to the riskiest mutual fonds. Most never choose anything so their money went to a safe bond fund. I did actually choose some half safe mutual fonds and saw how my money disappeared fast 🙂 🙂 🙂 So I changed and now the money is back again. To be honest, it´s not easy and one really has to be interested of funds and shares to know what to do. I hate it because this can make a huge change in how much money I get when retiring.

The wind is howling outside and the rain is pouring. If this had been a weekend evening I would have liked it 🙂 But they say the weather will change already till thursday. After that we´ll have sunshine and clear nights. Since the moons is going to be thin I think I´ll go out to look at the stars with the help from the book I got from Joyce. I´ve been reading it every night before I got to bed, perhaps that´s why I have had those funny/strange dreams 🙂 🙂 But for now I´ll settle for a cup of tea and some tv 🙂

Have a great day now!


28 thoughts on “Some more about us wonderful Swedes.

  1. Hi Christer,
    I have to say that making decisions about the boring things in life such as retirement plans and so forth is really a pain and it would be very nice if someone would just give me the answers. I can understand how people would rather have those decisions done for them. Finance is hard and really very dull for most of us. My employer did the same retirement thing as yours but I was grandfathered in to the old system and they couldn’t change me unless I agreed. I didn’t have any of the conditions that would have made the new system an advantage to me. It didn’t make sense to change over. People who took the new system had to pay attention to their investments because that was where the bulk of their retirement was coming from. If they didn’t participate fully, they got a really bad deal when they retired. I would hate having to babysit something like that every week. Seriously boring.
    November is the start of the dark time here. When I worked and didn’t get out during the day it was very depressing. I looked forward to February because there was 1/2 hour of daylight after I got out of work. Freezing cold daylight but still daylight. 🙂
    Have a great day.

    • Hi Caryn!
      I think it was easier back then when all decisions were made by the state. I had hoped no other place had followed us into this insane retirement thing we started here. As it looks now I will be lucky if I even get half of what I earn now when I retire! Guess if I am happy that my home will be more or less payed by then 🙂 🙂

      Yes February is the beginning of hope again 🙂 It may be deadly cold but as You say, the light comes back 🙂
      Have a great day now!

  2. That IS interesting about Sweden. I bet a lot of people in this country would love to live there because they too would like the government to decide for them. Work is hard to get over here and there is less union labor and no government jobs State or Federal. Most are on unemployment but that only goes out so far. It will be interesting to see what this nut job party does if elected today. Enjoy your tv.

    • Hi Z&M!
      Unfortunately we have to decide more and more over here now 🙂 When it comes to the retirement plan it is really difficult! I can honestly say that I have no idea how that will work out in the long run. If I´m lucky I will have around half of what I own now in pension. But there are some things that has become better when they force us to choose too, but more of that another day 🙂

      Have a great day now!

  3. The old road looks like an inviting trail to walk.And the last picture that now adorns my desktop seems a great place to find solace. You got it all in your area you lucky Swede you. Enjoy your tea and I will be back tomorrow to see your blog.

    • Hi Woody!
      It is a really nice road and easy to walk on since the spruces shadows the road and the grass stays low. But to get there is another thing 🙂 🙂 High grass and nettles on one side and raspberry bushes on the other 🙂 🙂 I have all these places close to me too 🙂 Most of my photos are taken within a square mile 🙂

      Have a great day now!

  4. Hi Christer,
    Thank you for writing about Sweden and how everything works (or doesn’t) in the government. It is nice that you have a comforting place to go, away from it all and let them figure out their mess. We all need our own space to be what we are. The farm is my getaway. 🙂

    • Hi Barb!
      All places has its positive and negative sides I guess 🙂
      I love living here despite all flies during summer 🙂 and I can understand what Your farm means to You! It ached inside every day before I could move here and the feeling the first morning I woke up after moving to the countryside was the best I have ever felt 🙂

      Have a great day now!

  5. Hejsan Christer!
    Svenskarna kan faktiskt vara riktigt underbara -värre är det med mitt eget folk. Nu när det har dykt upp ett nytt parti, Sannfinnarna, så undrar jag i mitt stilla sinne om inte jag numera är en ‘falskfinne’ – jisses! Inte underbart alls! Undrar om min pappa skulle känna igen sig i ett sådant parti – ändå förlorade han hälsan när han som ung man försvarade Finland mot inkräktare…Så svårt det är med lojaliteterna ibland…/Anja

    • Hejsan Anja!
      Både finnar och svenskar har sina sidor tror jag 🙂 🙂 🙂 Jag har faktiskt hört talas om dem, skulle inte bli förvånad om något liknande dyker upp här också med tiden.

      Ha det gott!

  6. Hello!
    As my friend Andrea would say, your photos today are uglier than ever :))
    I’m loving this series on their home!
    It’s always very interesting to learn about other ways of living, it always enriches us. And what at first sight seems strange, starts to make sense.
    I’d love to know more about customs and way of being of the Swedes.
    I’m wondering how to live in such long periods without the sun can affect the way of being one person. You know … the way they relate with others, in psychology.
    Well .. I also wonder how we who live under so much sun, how it affects us 🙂
    Regarding the question of government … I would love to trust them enough to let them make decisions for me:))
    Have a great day & Kiss:)

    • Hi Didi!
      🙂 🙂

      The more we know about each other and our habits the better we will understand why we think and act like we do. It is really interesting to learn about other cultures!

      We up here in the cold and dark north is less open towards others compared to the ones living further south. We do sty home much more during winter than in the summer. But we do worship the summer 🙂 When the first warm sunshine reaches us in spring we try to sit in it as much as we can. That´s the biggest reason we get a lot of skin cancer here 🙂 We also often gets a lot of colds during winter too. You could say that we are alive during winter, but starts to live when spring comes again 🙂

      Have a great day!

  7. Väldigt vad du går på då;)) men du har ju faktiskt en poäng där:)) Vi har i alla fall yttrandefrihet och det är ju en himla tur. Ha det gott/Monne

    • Tjänare Monne!
      Nu hade jag ju talat väldigt väl om oss och vårat land ett tag, så det var väl dags att ta fram de lite negativa sakerna också 🙂

      Ja tack och lov att vi har yttrandefrihet och allt annat positivt vi har här i landet 🙂

      Ha det gott!

  8. Hello Christer is nice to know the culture of other countries.
    How to enjoy summer, there is very good, because summer is never too hot, so it was good for me! (I like to feel the warm sun in winter, but do not like being with clothes soaked in sweat from the heat Heheheheheheh)
    As the summer sun exposure and skin cancer, use of sun blockers, very helpful, but may lie in the sun with protection!
    Good night
    The photos are beautiful as always!

    • Hi Andrea!
      Yes it is fun to learn about other cultures, like us and summer 🙂 Most of us do use sun blockers but not enough I´m afraid.

      Have a great day!

  9. Hello Christer
    I saw on TV that matter in Iceland, people let their baby strollers outside the shops, offices while they shop, so they are beginning to get used to the cold, here in Sweden there is also this custom?

  10. hi christer..the problem with socialism is that it keeps everyone in a childlike state. when most things are taken care of for people, they expect everything to be taken care of. believe me, i deal with that with my adult children! there is a pride that comes with taking care of oneself and making your own choices. but america is truly a joke too. i used to live in a town that was predominately swedish but also had norwegians and other scandinavians. i’ve had a lot of experience! did you ever see the movie ‘babettes feast’? if not, you must see it. it is one of my favorites!

    • Hi Joyce!
      In many ways I do agree with You, we do expect to be taken care of (or used to anyway, things are changing). But we have always been a capitalistic country so we should actually be able to make choices of our own 🙂 🙂 It is hard to find a balance in any system I guess.

      I know the name of that film, but I´m not sure I´ve seen it 🙂 I´ll look after it next time I´m out in a bigger town.

      Have a great day now!

  11. well……….
    my retirement plan is to work until I die.
    I’ve taken care of myself since I was 16 so….
    I’m hoping that I will still get some social security benefits since I’ve had it deducted from my paychecks for the last 37 years……
    so, if I can have a job that I enjoy doing(hopefully creating art) and just stay healthy until one day when I drop over dead, well…that’s the plan.

    • Hi Cindi!
      I can honestly say that I hope to be able to retire early! Jobs in the industry does destroy our bodies real fast. But who knows what the future has to give us 🙂 There might not exist any retirement money when it is my time 🙂 🙂 🙂

      But as You say, it would probably be fun to continue working if I had a really fun job 🙂 🙂

      Have a great day now!

  12. I hope we can retire by age 60 — I don’t know if that’s going to happen but we will give it a try! It’s so interesting to hear about the ways in other countries. Take care!

    • Hi Kristina!
      I wish I could retire that early too, but I guess I´ll have to work until I´m 65 at least. Well I could win on the lottery of course 🙂 🙂

      I think that it´s interesting too 🙂

      Have a great day now!

  13. Lovely pictures. I have been in companies where we had to choose where to invest. It is so hard to know what to do. Though the investment idea seems like a good idea if the people don’t know how or aren’t educated they a gambling away their retirement. That seems really scary to me. Loved the blog. Enjoy the tea!

    Chelle 🙂

    • Hi Chelle!
      I really don´t like to have to choose these things myself since I have no idea what I´m doing 🙂 🙂 But to be honest, the market doesn´t seem to knw what it´s doing either 🙂 🙂 🙂 So I just hope for the best 🙂

      Have a great day now!

  14. Thanks, as always, Christer for an interesting and informative post about how some things work in Sweden. I retired years ago and now wonder HOW I ever got anything done with working – busier now than before it seems! The second photo of the pines was my favorite in this series.

    • Hi Beatrice!
      I have realized that when retiring comes life really starts 🙂 The busiest people I know are retired and they never have a boring minute 🙂

      Have a great day now!

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