SWEDEN

winterI had been living in Lund, Sweden for more than 1 year from August 2005 to November 2006.  Lund is the oldest city in present-day Sweden and located in southern Sweden. Lund is famous as a kingdom of bicycle and university city. Because the city is so small and most of people living there for study. The permanent inhabitants is around 100.000 only.  Lund is unique, it is small, beautiful and simple in appearance, however the city itself is innovative. The most famous Swedish telephony company – Sony Erisson has head quarter there.

The first Swedish word I learned is LAGOM. What is Lagom? Lagom is very much Swedish and not find the equivalent word in English or Vietnamese because its just a very Swedish idea, or feeling. A popular etymological translation is “around the team” meaning enough food or drink for everyone at the table, this translation is said to go back to Viking times. Lagom is “Just enough,” “Not too much or too little,” “Just right,” “Enough to go around,” “Fair share.” It indicates balance. Lagom doesn’t have the negative connotation of “sufficient” nor does it claim perfection. It works in a lot of different contexts, which is why its so interesting and special. When searching for unique words, this one was always proudly suggested. “How are you?” can be answered with “Lagom.” “How is the weather?”  the answer can be “Lagom”  Someone can be a “Lagom” height. This term not only has many applications but it represents the Swedish cultural and social ideals of equality and fairness.

Tack så mycket, Swedes!

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2 thoughts on “SWEDEN

  1. My heart was stolen in Sweden when I first landed in Stockholm.
    Waiting in a queuce for checking visa at custome barrier, my first impression was that people here are very self discipline but having golden hearts. The cusome officer asked me about purpose to travel to Sweden and returned my passport with a warm smile. I had to run as quick as possibe to catch next flight to Malmo. Unfortunately, my small hands were not able to keep a heavy backbag with computer, I felt down …

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