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Welcome to Learning Swedish – a free language course!

Learning Swedish is a free online course in Swedish

Learn Swedish
Made for beginners with material for self-study for adult learners. It is your fast track to learning Swedish wherever you live. The course gives basic spoken and written knowledge of the Swedish language, as well as an insight into Swedish culture and society. All instructions are given in English.

In the course you will meet Nathalie from France and her friends who are studying at a Swedish university. Learning Swedish has been developed by the Swedish Institute and partners.

We would love to hear your feedback and ideas! Contact us at info(a)
Interested in teacher support?
Learning Swedish PLUS is a teacher supported course based on the open online course Learning Swedish. The PLUS course includes additional assignments and individual feedback and support. We offer two types of PLUS courses – with or without Skype sessions. Please note that there is a course fee when you register on the PLUS course. See: Learning Swedish PLUS



This is Kiruna: How to Move a City

The world’s largest urban relocation – Kiruna.

The city, north of the Arctic Circle and the world’s 2nd largest municipality, is at risk of being swallowed by sinkholes as it was built on and around mining.

The documentary “This is Kiruna – How to move a city” features interviews with locals, such as the 4th generation owner of the historical Centrum clothing store in the old city centre, whose heritage listed sign will be transferred to the new city centre.

We also meet Californian architect Mark Szulgit from award winning White Arkitekter, a local resident since a decade back; heavily involved with designing the new city centre. Other interviewees include the Vice Chair of the Municipality of Kiruna, the strategic planner at Sweden’s biggest mining company LKAB, a chef and a wilderness guide.  All in all, the project is innovation in practice – and concerns building a better, more sustainable city and future. The 10-minute short documentary “This is Kiruna – How to move a city” can be viewed here:



Invitation to “International Expats Club Party” in Café Opera the 28th of April

Invitation to International Expats Club Party the 28th of April in Stockholm!

Hello all international people living in Stockholm. We are a global free of charge membership organisation for people who moved abroad called InternationalExpats Club. Our mission is to make sure you can meet new international people for social or business reasons in a party atmosphere. We are over 80.000 members world wide, we arrange monthly cocktail & mingle parties in 38 cities in 22 countries and we grow with around 1000 new members every week. Our members are normally between 25-55 years old and social friendly people. So if you like to have some fun, have a few drinks and get to know other international people who live in the same place as you… then feel most welcome to this next party in your town. You can book the free entrance ticket or our VIP ticket incl first drink and access to the VIP area at the party. You need a ticket to enter, so please CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR ENTRANCE TICKET. You are most welcome, please share the event with the buttons below to invite your friends also 🙂

Hope to see you as guest at the party!

Claire O´Donoghue – Global Event Manager
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An expat in Stockholm is an award winning travel photographer

Lola Akinmade Åkerström, Multi-Award Winning Travel Photographer: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary

Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10th Anniversary notes:

I picked Lola as a Black Women in Europe Blog10th Anniversary Shero not only because of her enormous photography talent (my Swede was impressed with her camera when he observed it draped around her neck and resting on her baby bump several years ago) but because of her enormous body of work. She’s been to just about every corner of the world, seriously and has been published in everything from National Geographic to the BBC and took a selfie with Sweden’s Crown Princess before selfies were all the rage. I’ve written so many blog posts about Lola’s achievements that I can’t decide which award is the most impressive.  I know first hand how amazing Lola’s eyes are as she has made me look magical from behind the lens. And I’m touched this globe-trotting mother of two and trophy wife still wears the stylish girlfriend hat. All I had to do was ask (and follow up a couple of times) with the amazing Lola to create something to mark my anniversary and she did not let me down. Indeed she created something museum worthy and for that I will always be grateful.

I will treasure this expose Lola! Tusen tack.

In Photos: On redefining dreams in Europe

Multi-award winning photographer Lola Akerstrom.
Multi-award winning photographer Lola Akerstrom.

Words and photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström

As a Nigerian-born, Sweden-based self-taught photographer, my dream as a child was to one day see my images grace the pages of National Geographic which opened the world of exploration to me during my childhood. My professional work has appeared in various publications such as National Geographic Traveller, BBC, CNN, The Guardian, Travel + Leisure, Slate, Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, and several in-flight magazines, and my photography is represented by National Geographic Creative.

photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström
photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström

My style is inspired by the conscious act of “listening”. I tend to isolate people or subjects and place almost all focus on them. I make traditionally “mundane” scenes more interesting through isolation. This is something I both consciously and subconsciously do. I observe interactions – how people are interacting with each other, with their environment, and how light interacts with them – to capture a sense of place. This is conscious. The subconscious comes from listening. Because I always try to listen to people and places, I tend to isolate individuals and visually listen to and elevate them. I listen to their verbal and nonverbal stories. I let them tell those stories themselves through my photography. And I strive to dignify them during the process of telling their own stories visually.

photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström
photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström

I’m always inspired by strong black women who are actively carving their own creative paths despite the challenges we collectively face and are building successful lives and careers for themselves in unconventional ways. Living in Sweden for a while now, I’ve been fortunate to meet so many resilient black women doing amazing things – from entrepreneurs in the beauty and baking fields to performing artists, photographers, filmmakers, fashion designers, authors, and many more. All redefining what it means to be successful by actively pursuing their dreams and passions.

photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström
photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström

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