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04-21-2011, 03:23 PM
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Stockholm INFO

Hey guys heading to Sweden (Stockholm) and Finland (Helsinki) for ten days to coach hockey.

Just wondering what is good for night life... what type of foods I should be expecting in either city and any points of interests. Sports bars etc etc...

Also how much English do these countries speak?

Thanks in advance

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04-21-2011, 04:18 PM
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The majority of the young people in Sweden speaks english kinda fluent (considering it beeing a second language). And you could probably talk basic english to 99/100 persons you meet.

Not entirly sure how it is in Finland, but I would assume they're not as good as the average Swede, but definitely manageable. Finland was under swedish control for over 600 years, and Swedish is a official language there. So there alot of similarity in both countries. Been open borders and no requirments of passport while traveling between these countries for a long time.

The food in Stockholm is like in any other large city, you have a wide spectrum of diffrent cuisine, everything from moroccan to korean cuisine. For typical swedish food, wikipedia have a good site about it.

I don't live in Stockholm so can't really give you hints about the nightlife or POI, hopefully someone could fill that in.


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Stockholm

Night life: Either Stureplan (posh and expensive) or Södermalm (hipster hangout). Don't wear baggy jeans.

Food: I hope you like meatballs...

English: Most Swedes speak quite good English but with an accent.

I recommend a boat trip for sightseeing, Stockholm is beautiful this time of the year.

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WOW thanks alot guys much appreciated.... I'm pumped to see some of the sights and the night life in Sweden. I m glad they speak English, that will be a big help...
Do they have alot of fast food places, chains? I heard Reindeer was a major food there lol... can't say Ive ever tried it..

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Reindeer is _not_ a major food. It's very expensive and quite rare, but it is pretty damn tasty meat I must say. It's easier to come by up here in the North.

There's plenty of fast food, I mean they probably have a McDonalds store on Antarctica right next to the Coca-Cola machine. But there are better fast food joints like Max or Frasses in Sweden, McD sucks hard. Also Pizza parlors aren't very hard to come by.

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04-21-2011, 05:08 PM
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You can read up on Stockholm here: http://www.thelocal.se/stockholm/

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From experience, I've learned that finnish people born 1970 and onwards are as good if not better than swedes when it comes to english, it's just their accent that is more obvious.
Of course, it could just be that I've met the right kind of finns.

lol, reindeer..

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Reindeer is very common in Finland just pick it as "sauteed reindeer" and it's a jackpot!

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Here's some more useful reading about Stockholm.

http://www.visitstockholm.com/en/

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Stockholm is nice it's a bit like LOST with polar bears everywhere

If you like music Debaser is the best consert place/bar, they have one in Slussen and on on Medborgarplatsen. The best record stores are around St: Eriksplan. If you like to drink alcohol theres tons of places that have outdoor seating in the summer, theres a lot of nice places with a good wiev over the quite beautiful town (for example Mosebacke). If you like beautiful women, well your in Sweden...

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Why would anyone want to visit Sweden's butt?

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Swedes are pretty good at English. Although most sound like they're doing a Sean Connery impersonation.

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Swedes are pretty good at English. Although most sound like they're doing a Sean Connery impersonation.
Gabriel Landeskog is an expection. Boy has a near flawless lack-of-accent.

When I was in Stockholm, the only one who I found couldn't speak English was the 50 year old lady who cut my hair. She did a surprisingly good job for someone who I couldn't properly communicate with.

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Why would anyone want to visit Sweden's butt?
Well, if he'd rather go to a small fishing village...

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You can read up on Stockholm here: http://www.thelocal.se/stockholm/
Might just be me... But why on earth does that site have a category that says "Gay". Are we a big tourist attraction for gay people?

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Might just be me... But why on earth does that site have a category that says "Gay". Are we a big tourist attraction for gay people?
Uh, so what? Anyone is welcomed, I rather have a bunch of gay foreign tourists here than some thickheaded redneck from the Swedish outback running around the streets looking to beat on or bully people that 'seem gay'

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Might just be me... But why on earth does that site have a category that says "Gay". Are we a big tourist attraction for gay people?
Why not?

Helsinki is the most popular place to visit for gays in Europe, don't you think it brings us huge loads of money?

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I don't think Smolandia meant anything by it... I find it a bit odd as well that we have sort of a special section for gays, surely they are regular tourists like most other people.

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Wow that kind of made me come across as kind of homophobic didn't it? That's not what i ment at all.

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I don't think Smolandia meant anything by it... I find it a bit odd as well that we have sort of a special section for gays, surely they are regular tourists like most other people.
Yes exacty. I found it kind of strange that they had a special section just for gays. Wouldn't you assume that they do the exact same things as heterosexual people when the visit other countries?

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