My name is Erik Isberg. I’m 18 years old and I’m just about to finish my second year at high school where I’m studying social science. Currently I’m living with my parents and my brother in Trollhättan, a small industry town north of Gothenburg perhaps most famous for the recently closed SAAB-factory. When I’m not struggling with understanding Spanish or writing essays in school, I enjoy, in no particular order: literature, music, spending time with friends, skiing in the winter and gazing at shoes I can’t afford on various websites. I spend a lot of time trying to be up to date with news and politics, something that interests me a lot. I’m very excited to leave my usual account @isbergerik to become @sweden for a week. I’ll do my best to tell you my view on Sweden and what it’s like being young in a small Swedish town best known for a closed down car factory.
Erik Isbergwas @sweden 2012-06-04 to 2012-06-10
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Once again: thank you for a great week. *waves goodbye*
Now there are just minutes left for me as @sweden. It's been a great week and a great experience.
@NelsonBonner Having dialogues with people from all over the world has been amazing. The interview with NY Times was ofcourse great too.
@geordiehotline Then there are loads of Swedish crime series out there: Millenium, Wallander, Irene Huss, Beck etc
@geordiehotline The crime series? I'm currently watching a Danish drama called Borgen which I enjoy a lot.
@chrismada9 Haha it is! The rain is pouring down unfortunately, but atleast the dog i awake now.
@Andy_xo I'm not involved in that process but basically you get recommended and then those who run the account checks you out.
@KingTutsWWH Haha no, there's just this noice that not even the headphones can do something about.
The dog snores in one room and my dad snores in another while I'm sitting between them trying to listen to music. *having a breakdown*
@SarahCorde I guess not. There are a few Kent-songs that I really like. 999 is great for example.
@SarahCorde Oh that's cool, the Swedish music scene is really good. That song is good too :)
@smamat No, Annika Norlin is from Hello Saferide! The names sounds quite similar so it's not hard to mix it up.
@scientistical Oh, I can imagine. But yea, Sweden's electronic scene is quite brilliant at the moment.
@AnnaTricity I think one reason could be that a lot of Swedish kids plays an instrument. When many people learn to play = good music.
First of all: Domestic Scene by The Radio Dept. http://t.co/kOvuLJFn I love almost everything made by them.
I've hade some questions about my favorite Swedish music. It's almost impossible to pick out a few but here are the ones I came up with:
@anakinskywanker The unemploymeny rate is around 20% I think. I think it will get better now, that we've past the worst time.
@HerrFlyiboy Learned a lot! Especially about the differences in education systems in different countries.
@JoserraPR Hm... it went a lot easier managing the account when I didn't stress. Really different from the first days!
I you have any questions left don't hesitate to ask!
@theprojectplace That makes it a bit more diffcult! Still think you should support Sweden though ;)
@TheiaLouis Yea, or written by a Finnish author in Swedish really. It's in a way very simple but it's incredibly beautiful too :)
@AnnikaM01 Guessing 1-1 between Germany and Portugal and between Sweden and Ukraine: 2-0 to Sweden :)
@TheiaLouis Oh hard one... I think I'll go for Sommarboken (The Summer Book) by Tove Jansson.
After Denmark's brilliant performance I'm really looking forward to see Sweden - Ukraine on Monday.
@NelsonBonner Oh that's cool, guess you´re somewhat an expert at closed Swedish factories then :)
@FredrikJN Haha oh, the only time someone camped in Trollhättan was when the new World of Warcraft was released.
@NelsonBonner Yea that's really remarkable. Maybee just your subconscious longs for Trollhättan? ;)
@FredrikJN Must've been pretty confusing with people camping on the street for no apparent reason.
Feels like I should erase "addicted to shoes" from my bio after reading this. http://t.co/htcVw7w9 That's a whole new level of addiction.
@yaadayaada Haha swedes are the complete opposite, which makes it very confusing for someone like me who doesn't know all the rules!
@TweetWeekNYC Maybe you can live without driving in the cities, but for us in the countryside it's not an option.
@TweetWeekNYC Once I can drive it'll be great. There is a certain vibe surrounding it for sure.
I'm home, no one is injured, the car is not broken. Must say today's driving went better than expected.
@juliovolcano A lot of money seems missing still. Not only to the government but to the workers as well.
But the good thing is that I can't hit anyone with the car here.
Practising driving outside the closed SAAB-factory. The most melancholic place I know. http://t.co/1tslWH8d
@Vassaste_Kniven Hahaha I'm just driving in empty parking lots so far. Not even I can hurt someone there.
@MeatMustardz I don't agree at all. The acting in Show Me Love is just brilliant and I could really identify with a lot in the story.
Now I'm off to do some driving practice. I consider myself as one of the worst drivers in southern Sweden, so some practicing can't hurt.
@AnnikaM01 Well yea, for most part the Swedish ones are quite dark & compared with other countries I guess they are a bit more depressing.
@AnnikaM01 Oh that's cool. Some of them are quite good I think, but some of them are terrible.
@richardksmith Here's what crossed my mind: The Radio Dept., Alexis Weak, jj, Jens Lekman, Pascal, Anna von Hausswolff and Erik Enocksson.
@ComptonTyrone Yea, really looking forward to what he's going to do next. Have not seen it but I'm planning to do so.
@AnnaTorndahl Haha well, I'm supposed to give a picture of Swedish teenagers. And we sleep all the time ;)
@ComptonTyrone Yea, it's definitely Bergman's best. Have you seen Play? Without a doubt Östlund's best so far and I loved Involuntary.
@PatrikHed I think that movie is pretty good, but not nearly as good as the other movies I listed.
@Jacqkelly It sure is. I've spent both summers and winters up North since I was a kid. It's fantastic.
@Jacqkelly Another movie with some similarities: Falkenberg Farewell. One of the best Swedish movies from the last 10 years.
@Jacqkelly I'm not living far from Åmål my self. Could really identify with it. Amazing movie.
@laLOVEateur Must add that I've only been allowed to drink at bars for 4 months. So there are obviously better swedes to ask in this matter
@laLOVEateur Actually, most cocktails served in Sweden are classic international ones (mojitos, Tom Collins etc etc).
@Jacqkelly It has, I love it! Yes, that's a good movie too, but if I only could choose one Moodyson-movie, I'd go for Fucking Åmål.
In no particular order: A Swedish Love Story, Songs From the Second Floor, Persona, Fucking Åmål (english title: Show Me Love) and Play.
So I've had a few questions about my favorite Swedish movies. I guess a summarization would look something like this:
Something I'm an expert at: sleeping away my Saturdays.
@xxxheat I prefer the Swedish one too. There are a lot of good Swedish movies to discover I can assure you :)
So now I've seen Prometheus. It's ok, but not a masterpiece.
@MalinFurostam Oh, since I've already bought the ticket I must say I hope you're wrong haha.
Next up: the cinema and Prometheus. Is it worth watching?
These absurd amounts of cake I mentioned earlier are now eaten. Totally worth it despite I can barely move right now.
Bad thing with that: I don't know anyone particularly well. The good thing: I can eat absurd amounts of cake.
So this day basically consists of going to different graduation parties at friends to the family.
Watching the graduation of the 3:rd graders from my school. Would love to run down those stairs as well. http://t.co/3n8qsAMr
Really thankful for all your help, had a lot of useful tips.
@FriederikeHell I guess it would be better to stay there longer, but I'm really excited to see it anyway.
@Debcuisine High Lane look awesome, will not miss. Would love to try jet boats too. Thank you! :)
@Sebbe79 Sounds like a good idea, a lot to see in both Stockholm and Gothenburg really. But since you lived there you already know that ;)
@Sebbe79 Thank you!! Will check out all the things you've written about. Would love to visit Boston too.
@M_Giannangelo That's great, the ususal tourism suggestions are much easier to find anyway ;)
@richardcastiel Will try that for sure. And judging by a quick look of the google results of Old Montreal it looks really beautiful. Thanks!
@anakinskywanker You're like the 7:th person with this kind of advice haha. Won't miss it for sure.
So I thought I could ask you guys something. I'm going to New York and Montreal this summer, what should I really not miss?
Best news of the day: first song from Jens Lekman's forthcoming album is out and it's beautiful (of course). http://t.co/xS03uj76
Just woke up and now I noticed that my dad has baked bread. *runs up to the kitchen cheering*
Taking the ferry home to Trollhättan feels, well, just a little bit stupid. http://t.co/erBLDmKo
@JildouH No the house from which balcony the picture is taken belongs to a friend of the family. So we're here visiting :)
@JildouH Not a bad guess, it's taken at Brännö, just outside Gothenburg. Marstrand is beautiful too!
@dosespressos No I'm here to celebrate a friend of the family who graduated from high school today.
The view from the house that I'm at right now. I'm just standing here staring. http://t.co/xBO33iB8
"You can never be to early" - My dad. So now we're standing here waiting for a ferry that will departure in one hour.
Enjoying this great new jj-song on my way to Gothenburg and a graduation celebration. http://t.co/dKdnNP7O
@CylonBookworm In the Swedish government however, I don't think there are any Sami representative.
@harizxcvbnm We don't eat a lot spicy food, except for the tacos, but maybe we should if you think about the reasons you gave.
@rhyminanstealin In high school they are actually quite few. I've just had two this year, and I won't have any next year.
Recovering after the first part of the dodgeball tournament. Best school lunch of the week so far. http://t.co/XaYVsK5C
That's a Swedish summer tradition I don't like equally as much: doing exactly everything outdoor no matter how cold it is.
The dodgeball tournament is this year held outdoor even though it's freezing.
@Britt_W Maybe the teachers are more busy than the students! But yes, I love this time of year.
@SofaKingKoole Haha that's the kind of things that I really don't want to hear anyone say today.
These last days in school, where everyone walks around doing nothing, is one of my favorite summer traditions.
You know, like that Ben Stiller-movie, but hopefully with a bit less hostility.
So today I'm in school, not for lessons, but for the school's annual dodgeball tournament.
Been a great but really intense day. Going to sleep now. Good night!
@worldcuppoprock Oh that's dedication. I adore season 3 and 4. The first one is really, really good too though.
@JPKD I love Snoop and Lester. And a lot of scenes with McNulty is great too. I love season 3 and 4.
@philipoconnor Oh, you´re going to watch the Euro 2012? Wow then you got so many great episodes in front of you.
@RawryPond Lucky you to have everything in front of you. It's just a great combination of politics, humour and action.
Watching The Wire-episodes I've already seen once again. Love that show so badly. Do you guys like it?
@soligblomma Oh I didn't know that. Really sad. I know that people have died while trying to take photos close the water.
@pjaykaiser It's not nearly as hard as in Finland. Sweden's quite generous, even though far from everyone can attain citizenship.
Right now at the national day celebration: new citizens are being welcomed. http://t.co/PboYe5yI
@Vassaste_Kniven But it's still interesting why swedes doesn't seem so eager to celebrate the national day.
@wzhkevin Exactly, which is a quite interesting discussion. Fascinating that the same debate takes place in Singapore too.
@wzhkevin That's very interesting. I think there are many who wants to make the picture of what's Swedish more modern.
@Vassaste_Kniven For sure. I just think it's slightly strange that almost no one, at least among my friends, knows why we're celebrating.
@wzhkevin Norway's day is like that exactly. Since Sweden been independent for so long there is not the same need here I guess.
The celebration has started. Two orchestras are playing and it's almost like a rap battle with orchestras. Guess that's not the case tough.
@sjksanders It exists bunads, but it's just that the national day isn't as big as in other countries.
@zolitariuz Gustav Vasa became king of Sweden this day 1523 and the new constitution was made this day 1809 too.
The national day in Sweden is in a way quite weird. It became a national holiday first 2005 and almost no one knows why we celebrate it.
My family has never celebrated it very actively and I never felt a need to do it. Usually we just eat something nice for dinner.
Actually, I've never been to a national day celebration before.
The interview felt really good, looking forward to see it on paper. Next up: national day celebration.
*twittering while a photographer runs around trying to take a photo of how I look when I'm twittering*
The interview is going really well. But this quite scary part is left: the photographing.
Next up today: interview with NY Times about @sweden and the what it's about. Really, really excited.
@chinji Wow, that's quite a large question. And right now, I'm not really sure. Just finishing my education is very important for me now.
@Tikmanis First of all: I live 400 km from Stockholm. But I know that the biggest and most famous celebration is held at Skansen.
@miguelsaddress We don't have that kind of exams here. You can do a test to access university, but that's not compulsory.
@richardksmith It's partly because Gustav Vasa was choosen to be king this day 1523 and also because the new constitution came 1809 this day
So far I've celebrated the national day in what I think is the most common way: sleeping the morning away.
I'll take the chance to sleep a little bit extra tonight since it's the national day tomorrow and no school. Good night!
@NelsonBonner I've not heard of Severed Ways, but cool if the old Bergman movies keeps living in other forms.
@thegreatdays Wow, that's great. I almost speak fluent too, been thinking about study more to be able to speak really well.
@NelsonBonner Oh I love Bergman. Even though I would consider Persona as my favorite movie by him.
@dosespressos Oh! Thought you meant that classical Swedish dishes with fish are bad. Some of them really are.
@cutiebee2 Haha hard for us who lives here to come with excuses then! But it helps my motivation for sure.
@TweetweekUSA Wow, that's a great view you got there. And quite similar to the view from "Kopparklinten" here in Trollhättan ;)
@RebelRevell Yea, I'm still a bit overwhelmed. Haha in my opinion I've been twittering rubbish since I made my account, so you never know ;)
@RebelRevell Two ppl who manage the account began to follow me on my usual account. Then I got a mail asking if I wanted to do this.
Took some pictures when I was out jogging (great excuse to stop and rest). http://t.co/t6V0d8Mj
@GLarAuna I know and I agree. Usually I don't eat them, but forgot to say I didn't want any today.
@EJSM It depends a lot from place to place, but we have a great little restaurant here in Trollhättan.
Ok, home again. Really tired and soaking wet due to the rainstorm that caught me and my friend by surprise. Next: a hot shower.
Unless I drop down dead halfway, I'd estimate that risk to 50%, I'll see you guys in a bit.
Going out for a run. And don't worry about the sushi, that pic just came up a little late. http://t.co/i66oojYG
@liberalajag For sure, even though I doubt any school can beat sushi. But I'm not really objective here haha.
Even though the food in school is good, it can't beat a plate of sushi. http://t.co/HkiCP7Py
@chrismada9 Yea, I always used to bike to school as a kid. Now, at high school, it's to far. I miss that sometimes.
@worldcuppoprock CEO, jj, Team Rockit etc etc. So many nice bands. Have you checked out Emotion? Another great Swedish label.
@worldcuppoprock I love them! And I basically love everything else on Sincerely Yours as well.
@JoserraPR Agree! Swedish schools are good teaching English, but they really need to improve the education in other subjects.
Going to spend about 45 minutes watching this, not very exciting, view. Really need to fix my drivers license. http://t.co/F3Q4SA1J
@JoserraPR Exchanges during the summer are quite common, but that's something you have to do outside school and pay for yourself.
@JoserraPR Yeah, and in my opinion the english education is generally better than the education in many other subjects.
@JoserraPR First of all: thank you! We study a lot of English in school and English is a natural part of the Swedish society.
@mohammad_94 That means you study quite a lot then. Do all high school students study as much as you in Saudi Arabia?
@I_adik Going to eat sushi with a friend and maybe go out jogging. Will share it with you guys ofc :)
@mohammad_94 Wow, that's a lot of exams. Do you have that every year? During my last year I won't have any final exams at all.
@mohammad_94 I've only had final exams in English and Swedish, and those exams are done by now :)
However, this is not a usual school day. Many lessons are cancelled since it's just one week left to the summer holidays.
And after this not extremely exhausting lesson I'm free to go home. So this is my school-day in short: came here, ate cupcakes, went home.
Going to end the day by watching A Swedish Love Story. In my opinion one of the best swedish movies of all time.
@alfiejackson92 He's good live, saw him at a festival last summer. Hopefully he'll do a world tour so you'll have a chance to see him too :)
@alfiejackson92 Yea, he played Gothenburg yesterday I think. A bit disappointed I couldn't be there.
A little music tip: you can stream the great swedish singer The Tallest Man On Earth's new album here http://t.co/iLTvcCs5
@TimeChangeGirl Yeah, it's working out quite well I think. Even though there are some problems too. Like ppl taking the money for themselves
@deanprocter I don't act differently while texting/mailing etc. So I must say the answer is no.
@Quaxi_ However, I do think that privatly owned schools can be something that benefits the students.
@Quaxi_ Hi there Hannes ;) First I prefer oxfords. Regarding the profits I'm don't support the massive profits some companys make.
@deanprocter Actually, I don't think about it very often. I don't feel like I've a reason to suspect that my phone is bugged.
@TimeChangeGirl There are private schools that are run privatly but are funded from the state som it's free for everyone to go there.
@thegreatdays Depends on what program you are in. I'm reading social studies so I tend to have more pressure on the humanites.
Coming home -> sits down on bed -> lies down -> falls unintentionally asleep -> wakes up two hours later.
@Kiryu14 It depends on what program and school you're studying at. I read a lot of social studies, history and Swedish.
@waldmeisterwout In high school you get 1100 swedish crowns a month from the state. At university you can take loans.
@flitigalisan Jag tror det är bra att det finns variation bland skolorna men jag är mer tveksam till de stora vinsterna som tas ut av vissa.
@Mickael_L Hard to say, but I think that it's important that it becomes more attractive to be a teacher.
@JoserraPR No it's voluntary, but you can use the results to apply to any university in Sweden.
@blueproto Hi there! It's up to the teachers generally except for a few national tests every year which are compulsory for all students.
@austingmackell It's not discussed very often, but it feels like the opinions are on both sides of the spectrum. Not one general opinion.
@JoserraPR We have a general exam which you can do if you want, otherwise you apply with your high school grades.
If there is anything you wonder about how it's like to be a high school student in Sweden I'll do my best to answer your questions :)
@lucho870601 I know that it's tax funded. But it makes it possible for all people to eat in school, not only the rich ones.
@caymsortweeted Haha judging by the replys from England it seems like we can consider it a draw.
@themeaningofV Meant shopping in my last tweet of course! You should, there is a lot to see.
@alfiejackson92 Hopefully it will be warm and sunny, but if you're unlucky it can be quite rainy.
@themeaningofV I'm there quite often and I really like it. Lots of nice restaurants and good shipping.
@svknco I go to school there and I like it too. Even though it feels a little bit small at times.
@sweden_cul Cool! I almost live next to the museum and luckily it's still open even though SAAB shut down.
@IanRobHowell I've had quite a few too even though the food is generally good. Just shows the importance of good food.
@Vassaste_Kniven Social science or samhällsprogrammet in Swedish. Thank you, this whole thing is so exiting.
@IanRobHowell Yeah it's pretty good and very important for the students too. Hard to study while you're hungry.
@lanjoe9 Haha well, judging by how comments generally look at Swedish newspapers sites, I would say yes.
@TonyTheGigGuy Sure! Jonathan Johansson, JJ, Zhala, Alexis Weak and The Radio Dept are bands/singers I'm listening a lot to right now:)
@JoserraPR yeah, even though a lot of people takes a pause between high school and university.
@x333xxx Haha that's great, you should be really popular here with that kind of number plate.
Right now I've just had my last Spanish lesson (not Finnish as I managed to sneak in earlier). Feels great to be done with it.
Wow thanks for the warm welcome!
I'm living in Trollhättan, a small town north of Gothenburg and I'm looking forward to show you this part of Sweden.
Here is a little about me: I'm 18 years old and I'm a high school student. Right now, I'm about to finnish my second year.