Monday, June 25, 2007

I'm not alone

One of the major Swedish newspapers had a feature on the emigration of Swedes to other countries today. Right now a record number of Swedes are leaving the country.

There are over 400 000 Swedish aliens all over the world, most of them in the US. But no one is sure, there is no record of us.... we can be anywhere... Research also shows that 70% of all Swedish emigrants return home (to Sweden that is) sooner or later.

I plan to return "home" in six days. If and when I will call Sweden "home", the future will tell.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am also a swede that left sweden. Due to the low income, the worlds highest taxes, world record in suicide, very high crime rates, welfare for millions who won't work, horrible weather and no freedom of expresseion. The government controls TV radio and news papers via press stod leaves opposition politicians outside with few options. I will visit Sweden a few days sometimes, but i get sick after to many days in sweden, it really is a banana republic that i will never move back to.

JaCal said...

Anonymous - I'm sorry you feel like that about Sweden. I didn't leave for any of the above reasons and my "alien hood" have taught me to more appreciate different aspects in different cultures. For me, Sweden is part of me, my history and my life, no matter where I end up living for the rest of my life. And right now I'm enjoying the great summer weather Stockholm! ;-)

veronika said...

Ska bli intressant och se hur det ar om 10 ar. Det jag tycker ar sa synd ar att dom med hog utbildning prioriteras valdigt daligt i Sverige. Idag har manga svart att fa jobb, sedan ar lonerna inte vidare bra heller. Men antligen borjar Sverige fa upp ogonen for utlandsvenskarna! Norge har alltid varit betydligt battre an sverige pa att ta hand om sina utlandsboende. tex sa tog Norge over alla Svenska kyrkor som fanns forr i olika lander nar Sverige gjorde sig av med dom. Tex sa var sjomanskyrkan i Sf Svensk forr, idag Norsk. Men kallar sig Skandinavisk for alla ar valkomna.
Dar ar forresten min son dopt, min Pappa som var pa sjon i sin ungdom besokte ofta svenska sjomanskyrkan i SF. Har du vagarna forbi sa ga dit! Dom har varldens godaste vafflor och bullar for oss Skandinavier som kikar in.

JaCal said...

Veronika - ja, det är en utveckling som blir intressant att se. Det är verkligen skillnad på synen på hög utbildning i USA och i Sverige...

Jag har inte varit i Skandinaviska kyrkan faktiskt - vår ta mig ett besök - svenska våfflor var det länge sen jag åt...

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