Knowing Your Rights as a Mommy to be in Sweden*

Sweden is one of the most family-friendly countries in the world. Here are some of the reasons why: Free or Subsidised Prenatal Care As a resident of Sweden, you’re entitled to prenatal care through midwife-led antenatal care centre (barnmorskemottagningar or BMM) before a baby is born. In Skåne, you can choose which BMM you want…

5 Pregnancy Essentials in Sweden*

As you are no doubt aware, pregnancy is one of the moments when you have a mixed feeling. You’re happy, of course, but most of the time, you’re anxious. Especially if you’re pregnant while away from home. Therefore, knowing these pregnancy essentials in Sweden might be a little helpful. 1. Important Contacts Being pregnant in…

What to Expect when You’re Expecting … In Sweden*

I had just recovered from severe flu when I realised I missed my period. I was a bit surprised but kept my expectations low as this wasn’t the first time I missed it. Days passed by and the monthly visitor still didn’t come. I started to wonder: “Am I really pregnant?” My skeptical husband asked me…

The “This is Sweden” moment

Daisy Goodwin, an English writer once said: “Marriage is like living in a foreign country as an adult: You can become fluent in the language, you can step yourself in the culture, you can know all three verses of the national anthem; but no matter how hard you have worked to assimilate yourself, there will…

Finding Home in Sweden

When I first noticed that the slogan of IKEA, the Swedish-originate-Dutch-based home furnitures, kitchen appliances specialist, is: “Home is the most important place in the world,” I started to think that it’s indeed the best way to describe how house is generally perceived in Sweden (and also a smart persuasive message for the customer of…