FAQ

by Joel Sherwood


The Americans in Sweden Facebook group has a list of frequently asked question about living in Sweden. Doyle has some ideas for the list.


Credit Score

by Joel Sherwood


I got an email today that my credit score in the US is stronger. I apparently passed a threshold into well-regarded terrain.

Isn't it odd to have climbing creditworthiness in a country where I have no job or income, and where I haven't lived for more than a decade? Then again, if having and doing nothing is good, why isn't my score perfect?

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Palm Tree

by Joel Sherwood


Poor palm tree. I bet it's thinking what I sometimes think in Sweden: how did I end up here?


The Russians

by Joel Sherwood


I went to a bandy match this weekend. A couple of the referees were Russian, and visiting from Russia to do the game. The picture below is not them. 

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Trash

by Joel Sherwood


There was a piece of trash stuck in the tree outside our building. We looked at it every morning for years. And then yesterday a guy climbed the tree and cut the piece of trash down. I miss you trash. 

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Freedom of the blog

by Joel Sherwood


I’ve been looking for angles to cover immigration tension in Europe. I’m an immigrant in Europe, and nationalism is simmering everywhere. Yesterday’s shootings in Paris made me reluctant to keep pursuing the topic. Too dangerous to write about. But that reaction feels wrong.

It feels as wrong to let extremism hinder 'freedom of the blog' as it is to let it prevent freedom of the press. Even for a small-time, largely unfollowed blogger in far-away Sweden, like me.

I remember I was nervous in September when I did a spoof on Sweden’s far-right party. I’m nervous about most stories I post. You never know how they'll be received. Yesterday's event reminds me I should be more worried feeling I can't post at all.

There are fears the shootings will stir up Islamophobia.  I'm nervous saying Islamophobia and the steady advance of anti-immigration politics in Europe look equally as dangerous as cartoonist killers.  But I'm glad I can say it.