Heather Jonasson

Heather Jonasson
is @Sweden

You can call me Heather, or Heeter, or Heder as I am often known in Sweden. The ‘th’ sound can be a little tough for some people so I just go with it.

I was born in Texas, where it’s a slight bit warmer than Sweden.

I met a Swede over the internet back in 1994 (such a pioneer) when I realised it was possible to make friends all over the world. He swung by for a visit in 1999. We fell in love, got married six months later and I sold everything to move to Stockholm. In retrospect, maybe I shouldn’t have sold everything, as I didn’t realise how expensive things are here!

My husband and I have two sons, ages 7 and 10. I learn a lot about how the Swedish school system works as well as disgusting Swedish words I never learned in my language classes. Thanks boys!

I’ve worked a variety of jobs here in Sweden. Currently I’m juggling three at once: translating documents for my own company, researching information for an architechture/food company and doing invoicing for a designer friend.

The past 15 years have been tough with the language and embarrassing cultural mistakes, but I find that humour is the best way to deal with things, which is why I’ve been keeping a blog on my strange and funny experiences called Life in the Land of the Ice and Snow. This past year I also wrote and published a book with the same name.

And when I’m not writing on @sweden, you can find me here: @heatheraudrey.

@Sweden februari 28, 2015 09:52

If I ever have something valuable to hide, I think I’ll keep it down in the laundry room. It’s the Swedish form of Swiss bank vaults.

@Sweden februari 28, 2015 09:52

Glad my laundry is so safe. In fact that laundry is safer than my family in my apartment. Only takes 2 security doors to get into our place.

@Sweden februari 28, 2015 09:50

We have a washing machine in our apartment but for large loads we use the shared large machines in the basement of our building.

@Sweden februari 27, 2015 18:20

Our family gets take-out meze from Bosphorus at Hötorget. However, it’s the only night of the week we DON’T eat together.

@Sweden februari 27, 2015 14:06

When we first got married and my grandmother hurt her hand, my Swedish husband told her she should get a casket (he meant to say “cast”).

@Sweden februari 27, 2015 13:58

Had 2 kids over. 1 went home. When other kid asked, I meant to tell him that he left (went away) and I said in Swedish, “Han har gått bort.”

@Sweden februari 27, 2015 10:04

Many homes are furnished with Ikea furniture. When someone comes over, they point out the same table, couch, etc that they have.

@Sweden februari 26, 2015 09:40

“@SimaSiahposh: we ppl of Iran thinks Sweden is Awesome,spc it`s Nature & ppl,been there had so much fun,loves the long days & nights! :D”

@Sweden februari 26, 2015 08:52

Excerpt from my book:”Is it possible that there are no actual graffiti artists, but just a network of spies sending messages to each other?”

@Sweden februari 24, 2015 20:11

In Texas you can get pickles at the movies. Not so in Sweden, but you can get fried bacon-tasting chips. And popcorn/candy of course.

@Sweden februari 24, 2015 14:17

I will never get over the fact that some kids in Sweden eat caviar for breakfast and occasionally veal in the school cafeteria.

@Sweden februari 24, 2015 13:36

Ok all. In TX, you put flour in the fridge to keep away the weevils. Doesn’t happen in Sweden, but I still prefer it in there.

@Sweden februari 24, 2015 09:25

You’ll notice it translates more to ”sport” break rather than spring. The reason for this is … we live in Sweden.. in February.

@Sweden februari 23, 2015 18:51

It was originally hard for me to understand how you could attend a fancy dinner party at someone’s house without your shoes on.

@Sweden februari 23, 2015 14:11

Weekends- Swedish husband is in charge of waffles, I’m in charge of blueberry pancakes. Whoever doesn’t cook sleeps in :) We switch off.

@Sweden februari 23, 2015 14:09

Kids want me to say that weekday breakfast are boring but weekend breakfasts are pancakes and waffles, of which they approve greatly.

@Sweden februari 23, 2015 14:03

These days our typical breakfast is fruit, toast, yogurt and milk/coffee (depending on your age). Apples are served with peanut butter.

@Sweden februari 23, 2015 14:02

The first time my husband came to stay with me, I served chocolate cake for breakfast. Apparently not a common morning meal in Sweden.

@Sweden februari 23, 2015 12:40

We get Christmas cards with my husband’s name (Måns) that read Mäns, Möns, Møns (not even a Swedish letter). My favorite was Man’s.

@Sweden februari 23, 2015 11:16

In Sweden, some people have trouble pronouncing the “th” sound in my name. Therefore I am called “Heeter” or “Heder”… sometimes even Ester.

@Sweden februari 23, 2015 10:27

A few requests for funniest Swedish mistake. Let’s see..1. Using conditioner for a month instead of shampoo. ”Why is my hair greasy?”

@Sweden februari 23, 2015 10:20

I keep a blog on my experiences in Sweden called Life in the Land of the Ice and Snow. I also wrote and published a book with the same name.

@Sweden februari 23, 2015 09:44

Howdy y’all! Ok, that’s out of the way while also informing you that I grew up in Texas. But Stockholm has been my home for 15 yrs now.