Living in Stockholm Post-Grad Q&A: TJ

TJ studied business at DIS Copenhagen in fall 2013. Upon graduating, he knew he wanted to return to Scandinavia and was offered a marketing position in Stockholm. TJ is fond of his new Scandinavian digs and has really taken to Swedish culture and mindset – find out his recommendations on blending in with the locals.


DIS: There are a total of 14 islands that make up Stockholm. Which one do you enjoy the most and why?

TJ: I usually end up in Södermalm. You can find a lot of cool secondhand clothes, cafes, record stores, and good food. You can also find the best view in the city here. It looks out over central Stockholm.

DIS: Where’s the first place you take a visitor to see?

TJ: I would probably take them to the Vasa Museum. The museum is actually really special. It was built around a sunken 17th century battleship previously resting at the bottom of Stockholm’s harbor. Check it out if you are here. The story behind why it sank is priceless.

DIS: How do you get around on a daily basis?

TJ: It’s super easy to commute around the city. I try to bike as much as possible or take public transport. You can hop on a bus, subway, and even some ferries and no part of the city is ever far away.

DIS: We’ve heard about the concept of mysig. Have you experienced this yet living in Sweden?

TJ: It’s hard not to experience mysig in the winter. The sun goes down early, so everyone lights candles. Many Swedes will tuck themselves away and stick to their closest friends.

DIS: At any given moment… Kanelbullar or Svenska Köttbullar?

TJ: As far as köttbullar goes, there is no meatball as good as a homemade Swedish meatball. Don’t be afraid to mix the lingonberries and brown sauce.

DIS: To live like a local in Stockholm, one should appreciate ____.

TJ: Fika.

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