Yoanne Clovis sitting on the quays of Vancouver.
Learning the unique social codes of a new country can be a challenge for any newbie. For Yoanne, not only has she done it in many different countries but she has now decided to help others do the same. Yoanne Clovis is the founder of Serene Expat, a service dedicated to helping people enjoy all the thrills of starting...
Extrovert singing karaoke
You walk into a room full of strangers and it's like you're back at a junior school disco. The nearest group has been talking about a show you've never heard of for the last five minutes. You've missed your chance to jump in. You curse yourself for not being an extrovert. Will it ever get easier?
Meeting people in Sweden for dinner
Meeting new people in Sweden can be a daunting experience, especially when you are not sure of the local social codes — those which influence when and how is it acceptable to approach someone, what questions are off-limits and at what pace friendships progress.
Two women on swings
Being an adult kinda sucks. Work, bills, taxes... with all the responsibilities that come with being an adult, it can be difficult to find time to maintain the relationships that are most important to you. While bills, work and other obligations may feel like chores, friendship shouldn't. Check out our simple tips to...
Scrabble letters FRIEND
Surprisingly my 3 years, 9 months and 8 days in Sweden have resulted in 2 Swedish friends. If my math is right, and it might very well not be, I have added one Swedish friend to my circle of friends every 686.5 days. Outside of my two Swedish friends, I have 3 Russian, 3 German, 2 Portuguese, 2 Turkish and 1 Jordanian...
Olga talks about the struggles of making friends in Sweden
Making friends can be tough. But what's life like for someone who's completely new to Sweden? We spoke to Olga to find out: "For the most part people’s friends are from their childhood or maybe university. Social interaction is based on planning, it’s not very spontaneous. It’s really tough to get yourself into someone...