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Hejsan, jag heter Matthias!
Hi, my name is 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?
I live in a cozy town in the South of Sweden, called Kristianstad. People in Kristianstad speak skånska which is a Swedish dialect which Swedes from other regions make fun of. Yet, not as much as about my German accent 😅
How long have you been living in Sweden?
For more than 10 years. Most of these years I have been living in Växjö, a beautiful, typically Swedish city in the middle of Småland (check out my post about Växjö’s best places to visit: One day in Växjö – what to do), 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?
Apart from running Hej Sweden, I’m an entrepreneur working with publishing, writing books and as well as creating graphic design.
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 instantly notice that I’m originally from Germany. That German accent is very, 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 probably speak some sort of 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 unfortunately none of which perfectly (my German has suffered substantially). 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 any blog posts you’ve read before you came here. To be honest, languages were never my strongest subjects in school (by the way neither was math, or physics, or geography, or chemistry, or … well, pretty much any other subject there is).
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)
291 42 Kristianstad
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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