On this page you find out more about Hej Sweden and the person behind this blog.
Hejsan, jag heter Matthias!
I think I'll just answer a couple of questions I regularly get asked when I meet new people in Sweden.
Who are you?
My name is Matthias Kamann. When Swedes pronounce my first name it sounds a little like Matteeejjas.
Where do you live?
How long have you been living in Sweden?
For more than 10 years. Most of which in Växjö, but I also lived in Umeå, Stockholm and Uppsala.
How come you ended up in Sweden?
I came to Sweden as an exchange student from Germany. After two years of studies at the university in Växjö I graduated with a master's degree (M.Sc.) in Business Administration/International Marketing. After that, I went to Germany for one year, before moving back to Växjö again.
What are you working with?
Nowadays I'm working with entrepreneurship and marketing.
In early 2017, I published the book How to be Swedish – A Quick Guide to Swedishness – In 55 Steps, (here on Amazon), in which I summarize my Swedish experiences and countless culture crashes.
Do you speak Swedish?
I do. But as soon as I open my mouth, Swedes immediately hear that I'm originally from Germany. That German accent is very persistent. After all, Swedish sounds as melodic as a happy bird singing on a sunny day in Spring. In contrast to that German sounds monotonous and harsh – according to some Swedes – like a machine.
So, I speak mechanical Swedish.
Since I'm switching between English (work), German (family and old friends) and Swedish (well, everything else) several times a day, I can proudly claim that I do speak three languages pretty much fluently, but none of which perfectly (not even my mother tongue anymore). So just as my German and Swedish, my English certainly isn't without flaw. And I'm sure you have already noticed one or more mistakes on this page or the blog posts you read before you came here. To be honest, languages were never my strongest subjects in school (by the way neither was math 🙈).
How can I reach you?
You can find my contact information on the contact page, here.
You can also send me a text message or leave a voice mail: +46 768 127 551 (checking the inbox about once a day)
352 54 Växjö
About Hej Sweden
Hej Sweden is a personal guide to Sweden and the Swedes. It's for all who are interested in the Swedish country and lifestyle. Hej Sweden deals with questions like: What is typically Swedish? What is it that makes living in Sweden such a pleasant experience? And what can be annoying? (Swedish culture)
I also share my best Sweden travel tips and places to visit in Sweden.
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