Raiha Buchanan

It’s been almost ten years since I first started my life in Sweden. Ten. years. I first moved here as a bright eyed 23 year old from New Zealand, with high expectations, hope and a want to make things happen. And I have made it happen, at least to some extent; I’ve carved out a reasonably good career; studied; bought and sold an apartment; started a company, closed a company; started investing; travelled; got an amazing fluff-ball dog and last & not least have a wonderfully supportive sambo of almost-eight-years, whom I met in Stockholm.

Yes, sounds pretty rosy, but don’t let it fool you. Sweden can be hard, like real hard and it’s not just the weather. Knowing your way around things here can take ages and hardly anything comes naturally or easy, at least not in the beginning. But life in Sweden can be great. It’s really just a matter of finding a great group of friends, maybe the perfect job and having your ducks in order. One of the best things about this country is the fantastic work-life-balance, that you may or may not get, depending on your industry/career-stage and ambition level; however it can be there, if you want it. Some of the not such great things are tax and sometimes navigating your way in the Swedish work culture, which truly takes a bit of getting used to.

This site is called “Swedish Fresh”, it’s for those of you have just started or thinking about your life here in Sweden. It’s those tips and tricks about work, money and life that you probably won’t find anywhere else unless you’ve been here for ages. Like me. This is basically a cumulative knowledge of the last ten years that I’ve probably learnt the hard way, or someone I knew learnt it the hard way.

Happy reading.

xx Raiha