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Shopping for Sweden

Wow! What we have been waiting for is finally here! Are you excited? Is anxiety creeping in? How are you getting ready for this adventure? Speaking of getting ready, are you thinking of what is necessary to take along with you? Well, today’s post would help with this 😉

I have created a checklist that you might find useful as you prepare for the move and the first week of your arrival. On that list, you can decide on what you would buy here in Stockholm or what you bring from home. I wrote out information you might want to pay attention to for some certain items.

However, in creating this list, I asked other students an important question, “Is there anything you wish you knew before coming or are there any items you packed to Sweden that was of significant advantage in the long run?” It was no coincidence that their answers were the same – electronics and food. Why these two?


In Sweden, anything in this category is expensive even when on sales. In this category, I would also include laptops, mobile phones,etc. There are student discounts available on some brands but even with these discounts, comparing the prices to other countries, it is still expensive.

Another important thing is a router. I use TP-LINK AC1750, which is a bit expensive in Sweden. So, you can either get a TP link or D-link DIR series router. These are the best in my opinion.

                 TP-link AC1750
               The common one amongst students

As you can see the most common router used by students, one can be lucky to get these at reasonable prices in Sweden. At this point, I would like to mention that “” is a good site to check before buying any item mentioned in this category. This is because they always let you know the store that sells your desired item at the lowest price.

Also, bring your converters. In Sweden, all sockets come in type C or type F (as shown below) including electrical extension boxes.


Food was on the lips of every African and Indian I asked (haha!) It is very understandable as this is something I did not regret taking along with me. However, as much as food items and local spices are things that cannot last forever. The African, Chinese and Indian stores I have been to are more expensive that it would be better to curb costs where possible.

Another good reason is, as a new student there are other things that you would be trying to get used to. So, for the first few weeks, let food not be part of the list (at least this was my view and it did help a lot!)

Finally, below is the ultimate checklist! If you have any questions, you can ask or if you think there is something important I missed, let me know:)