Remember how I’ve been discussing moving to Sweden because the start of the year? Remember when I moved to Stockholm last month? Though it was only likely to be for some months, I was very excited to relocate to Sweden. After all, it’s beautiful, it’s clean, the folks are nice (and beautiful), the standard of life is fantastic, and did I mention the people listed below are beautiful? Plus, I was looking towards learning Swedish, having my very own kitchen, and joining a gym.
Well, as possible probably guess from the title of the post, I’m not moving to Stockholm anymore.
I became the most recent victim of Sweden’s crappy housing system. In Sweden, they don’t build apartments to meet up demand, so are there always more people who would like a location than places exist. This is also true in Stockholm since a lot of people want to live here. For Swedes, if you need to rent a location, you have to can get on a list. There’s also the very least number of points you will need, which determines your house on the list. Or the sort of place you can find.
I’m not necessarily sure.
It’s all really perplexing. I’ve no idea how Swedes “get” points. I simply know that miracles are often involved. Among my friends had her sister rent a flat on her behalf because her sister had “points.” Among the girls who works within my hostel just put herself and her fiancé upon this list. They’ll be first in line to achieve the next available place 15 years from now. It’s so very bad, people will put their newborns on the list to allow them to have a flat by enough time they become adults.
Exactly why is it in this manner? No idea. Even the Swedes complain about any of it, and they appear to be baffled to explain the machine if you ask me. “It’s just just how it is,” they state. The right-leaning, more market-based party doesn’t want to improve the laws anytime soon either. Add the actual fact that Stockholm doesn’t build new places to meet up demand, and you have a recipe for a city without housing. Sure, this keeps the town old and historic, but it’s a pain the ass. I don’t realize why they don’t provide some high-rises on the outskirts of town where people may not notice so much.
This housing crunch leads to an enormous secondary market, where in fact the owner rents their place out to others at a higher price. Sometimes the renter then turns around and rents it to another person for a lot more money!
So that’s the first problem I’m facing.
The second reason is that I’m only here until November, & most apartments want an extended commitment than that. (Or they only want per month, and I’ve no need to be on the constant search for a new apartment on a monthly basis.) Third, I’m not Swedish, and I believe that hurts too, though I can’t prove it.
During the last month, I’ve found a few places, however they were either too short-term or very costly, or the owners fell through.
Among the reasons I wanted to go to Stockholm is basically because I want to relax, have some roots, create a routine, visit the gym, and do all that other “normal” stuff people do. But after per month here, I find myself in stasis. I’m not continue, and with out a firm spot to live, I don’t want to place money right into a gym or Swedish classes.
And as time passes wasting away, I decided that it’s easier to just move on. It’s disappointing, but I can’t sit around forever. A few of my Swedish friends spend months looking for a flat before they find one. I don’t have that luxury. Although it could have been nice to be here, I take delight in the actual fact that I tried. I didn’t take the simple road and stay static in NY. I took a chance. When you use of your safe place, that’s always successful — no real matter what the results.
I’ve no regrets.
On September 2, I’m flying to Portugal for some weeks prior to going to Spain. I’ve two conferences in September: one in Portugal, another in Spain. From then on, I’ll check out southern France and Copenhagen. I’ve a flight booked to america on October 10. I haven’t decided if I’ll be onto it or if I’ll change the dates, but also for now, I’m likely to execute a little traveling.
I’m looking towards putting down some roots, nonetheless it appears like that’s just likely to need to wait a bit longer. On the other hand, it appears like I’m heading home earlier than expected.
And I’m really OK with that.
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