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An Expat Talks about Living in Uppsala, Sweden

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Uppsala

How long have you lived there?

1 month

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

ACTIVITIES: Academic in nature, usually for university students (Uppsala University), though there are some things such as art shows, summer races/competitions, and outdoor activities like camping, fishing and hiking

CLUBS: Everything from political parties to hobbies, to what is NOT illegal according to Swedish law;

ORGANIZATIONS: Everything from English-speaking, to Swedish, to support groups for immigrants, to political organizations are available;

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

Uppsala is as liberal in attitudes as Stockholm regarding religion and cultural diversity. There are Jews, Christians and Muslims in varying populations, but there are also other religions (Eastern, Far Eastern, etc.). There is a liberal immigration policy, but may become more controlled in the future. Racism is fairly recent, but not overt. Middle Eastern, Eastern European, and African immigrants are subjects of racism.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

The main industry in Uppsala is the academic institution. Paper and manufacturing industries probably come next. More opportunities are available to Swedish citizens than foreign nationals, in part, due to the socialist government. In Uppsala, specifically, the food and garment industry as well as sundry stores are available to the general public (for jobs). Most people who obtain a college degree find careers elsewhere in Sweden, on the average. Most people use the newspapers or television to find new jobs.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

People in Uppsala are academic-oriented, or are mostly blue-collar workers because of the university. Work in Uppsala is varied, but those who are in technology or engineering are usually paid better. Family is important in Sweden, and might be hard to get invited to a traditional Swedish home at first for outsiders. Socializing is not as liberal as, say Ireland, but Swedes are respectful and courteous to newcomers. Sports is academically oriented, but observance of the national team is paramount for football (American: Soccer).

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If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

If you enjoy a socialist-type of government and you enjoy the company of more university-bound people, then Uppsala, Sweden, is a nice town to live ! There is a variety of outdoor activities to experience, the people treat you with respect, and most citizens have a humble lifestyle in this town.

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