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International Experiences at KTH

Many of our previous blogs have been about how Sweden has surprised us with its amazing culture and practices. In this blog, I will take you through how my Swedish and international friends were surprised by our practices and how they find it to be amusing.

1. Sharing Food: We have grown up in an environment at school where we mutually dig into each other’s lunch boxes and share food amongst friends. I find it rude when I don’t offer my food to a friend sitting next to me. So, every time I ask a Swedes, they are amused by this concept and gradually they have adopted this practice of sharing food.

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Happiness is sharing food!

2. Music: The pressure buildup over the week is released by dancing with the corridor mates on a Friday night. All my international corridor mates now have Bollywood music memorised in their mind and enjoy dancing to its beats.

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Dance your worries away!

3. Festivals: During festivals, we gather together at each other’s corridor and celebrate by cooking special food. And that happens quite often since we have a special festival almost every fortnight. And the international people find it amusing that we have these many things to celebrate every month and sometimes join us in the celebration. THS Flavours is planning its traditional Holi celebration – A festival of colours. So stay tuned.

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Holi celebrations at KTH

4. Education System: Our education system had around 6 subjects every semester with back to back exams. But here it’s maximum of 3 subjects per study period. While everyone else is stressed about examinations, they find us to be relaxed and composed.

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Be calm and Ace it!
Vivek Anandbabu
Hej, I am from India currently pursuing Integrated Product Design at KTH. Moving to Stockholm has given me an opportunity to explore the new city like a local yet maintain the awe of a traveler. The vibrant KTH campus and its activities are itself a treat to a creative and aspiring mind. Join me on this journey of stories as we meet amazing people, exploring the innovation and sustainability pursuits happening throughout the KTH campus and the historical treasures of the city and the ways of employing jugaad to survive on a budget in one of the most expensive cities.