Ingrid Öhrnell
was @Sweden (2014-04-21 to 2014-04-28)

Hello and Welcome to my week as Curator of Sweden!
I am very excited to have you staying with me and I promise we will have a great time!  I will tell you a little bit about myself.
 
I was born in the early 1960’s in a small village in the area called Jämtland in the middle section of Sweden. My family has owned our farm, including forest, since the 15th century and I grew up with breeding dogs and horses. Because my mother had epilepsy, I did a lot of work on the farm in my youth including the forest. I did not appreciate how much I learned from the hard work until I was older.
In the 80:s I moved to Uppsala, 70 km from our capital Stockholm, to study law. During my studies I also worked extra at Uppsala University Hospital for some years. It was a great time to study law.
 
After I had finished my studies I got my first work in Jönköping, a city 140 km east from Gothenburg, at the Swedish Board of Agriculture. Jönköping is located in an area called Småland. The most notable export of Småland is Pippi Longstocking by writer Astrid Lindgren.  Even though, Sweden is not known for being religious, there are some areas like Småland that are very religious.  This can be difficult for people that are not religious and not active church goeRdrs.
 
Since arriving in Jönköping years ago, I have had the opportunity to work in courts, law offices, and my own agency.  For several years, I have been working in the parole office.  This is incredibly rewarding work.  I help people that have violated the law get their lives back together and on track after making bad decisions.  Everyone deserves a second chance.  Sometimes I learn more from them than they do from me about perseverance.    
 
My husband is a judge and we have four children between the ages of 8 – 17 years old.  I still have a love of animals, which includes a horse (Ardennes), a dog (Norwegian Elkhound), and cats (mixed breeds).  I am very active socially with several hobbies – skating, sailing, camping, reading books, architecture, silver smithing, cooking, wine tasting, and all things nature.  I am an active member of the wine association called Munskänkarna.
 
My family and friends are very important to me and there is nothing better than meeting new friends. I’m famous for talking a lot. :-)

I’m @oehrnell on Twitter and Instagram.
 
This week I will write about everything that passes my head from work to fun to home!
 
And remember that this week I’m here for you so don’t hesitate to follow me and give me your questions about my way of living in Sweden!
 
Hugs from me to you! / Ingrid  :-)

@Sweden april 24, 2014 07:27

The travel up in north continues.
In Sweden you have
mountains (big hills with trees on) and
Fjäll (big hills without trees on the top).

@Sweden april 24, 2014 07:26

This year it’s 20 years since the ferry Estonia sank in the Baltic see and 852 people drowned. I big catastrophe!

@Sweden april 23, 2014 23:25

Today it’s okay to speak with dialect in the Swedish radio. For many years it was not accepted. It used to make people upset and angry.

@Sweden april 23, 2014 23:11

In Sweden you can have a silent protest that’s more important than words!
E.g. 1. Nailcolor 2. In haircut 3. Protest by wearing skirts.

@Sweden april 23, 2014 23:01

Learning language through the cell phone…what a good idea! I think I will try it!
Chinese? Portuguese? Finnish? Swahili? I can’t choose!

@Sweden april 23, 2014 22:55

Language museums to know:
1. Mundolingua, Paris
2. National museum of language, Washington D.C.
3. Museu day lingua portuguesa, Sao Paulo

@Sweden april 23, 2014 21:31

Someone named Ingrid today offered to stand on the square in town on Saturday NINE O’CLOCK and advertise her workplace! She must be crazy!

@Sweden april 23, 2014 18:04

The job is done for today. As a board member of the association where I live, I shall now go on the annual meeting.
See you later! :-)

@Sweden april 23, 2014 13:45

And who forgot to take a photo of the lunch that I promised you before???
Well done of me! :-( :-(
Sorry!
Maybe tomorrow… :-) :-)

@Sweden april 23, 2014 12:13

… the feeling… :-)
Sitting at a meeting talking about one of my clients and…suddenly realising that I have papers from another client!

@Sweden april 23, 2014 12:00

And now….time for lunch!
I’m hungry! :-)
I’ve been working for 4 hours now!

….I will soon post a lunch photo for you! :-)

@Sweden april 23, 2014 07:14

The municipal signs in Jämtland do not only contain the names in Swedish but also in Sámi since there are a lot of Sami in the area. >>>

@Sweden april 23, 2014 06:46

Good morning from Sweden!
It’s already Wednesday and it seems to be a sunny day. That’s a good start of the day! :-)

@Sweden april 22, 2014 10:12

The day started adversity until that kind colleague sticking his head in my office and asks if I want a new screen?! OF COURSE! :-)

@Sweden april 21, 2014 20:21

Gota Canal is a 190.5 km long channel since 1832. A 390 km long waterway through Sweden from the Baltic to the Kattegat. It has 58 locks.

@Sweden april 21, 2014 20:15

The school was off last week so the family decided to go north….710 km to the Swedish area called Jämtland where I come from.

@Sweden april 21, 2014 18:14

For all of you who wonders if Jenny that had this account last week and I are twins (same photo) the answer is NO! Waiting on my avatar to >