Forgive the stream of consciousness but I had to start somewhere…
Jill’s latest visit home has her experiencing one of the most common expat conundrums, ‘is it worth it?’
“I’m living in a country whose liberal and plural values are sliding into non-existence at an alarming rate. The rise of far-right, extremist neo-nazi attitudes and rhetoric is sickening. As a #proudimmigrant whose future is entwined with Sweden, it gives me the fear.”
Pregnancy in Sweden is a no brainer, speaking from experience. Sweden is a westernised, medically advanced and socially organised country. According to the Commonwealth Fund, Sweden is ranked third in the world for it’s progressive healthcare system, high proportion of doctors, above-average healthcare spending, and relatively low prescriptions of drugs (2016)
To define the meaning of “expat” or “immigrant” it comes down to a period of time. Is it a pit-stop for a few years, or a permanent transition? It seems like the emphasis on these two adjectives is given more meaning than it should.
Stockholm in a day…with kids is a handy, short, sharp guide to getting the most out of Stockholm, in a day, with kids. Like a tin of Ronseal, “it does exactly what it says on the tin.”
It’s all been a bit quiet at Littlebearabroad HQ recently, on the website front, the social media front and the real life front. Sorry! We’re going through the annual VAB ritual that starts at this time of year and usually finishes around the end of March.