Arrival Day September 2011

8 Jan

A quick look at Arrival Day (and a quick listen to some Swedish!)

S:t Lucia

17 Dec

If you missed all the action…

Catch a glimpse here!

Kanelbullens Dag

4 Oct

Swedish people like to “fika” which means having a break with coffee and baked goods like Kanelbullar.




Every year on the 4th of october the Swedes celebrate the Kanelbullens Dag (cinnamon roll day). So use this day to enjoy some kanelbullar by buying them almost everywhere or even make them yourself what might be the best way.  In order to do this, here is one recipe.

How to make swedish kanelbullar:


Dough; 150g butter, 5dl milk, 50g yeast, 1dl sugar, 1/2 tsp. salt, 2 tsp. cardamon, 1.4l flour

Filling: 100g butter, 1dl sugar, 2 tbs. cinnamon

Glaze: 1 egg, pearl sugar


For the dough: Melt the butter and add the milk and the yeast and warm it up to ca. 38°C. Then add the sugar, salt, cardamon and flour and knead the dough very good. Let it rise at room temparture for 30 min.

Divide the dough in 4 pieces and roll it out in squares (app. 3 mm thick).

Then put the filling on top. First  spread the butter (which should be room temperature) on top and then sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon on top. Roll the dough the long way and cut it in ca. 1cm thick pieces and put them with the cut edge upward in paper molds. Let them rise again for 40 min.

Finally, brush the egg on the rolls and sprinkle the pearl sugar on it. Then they are good to go in the over for 5-8 min at ca. 200°C.

Some activities for october

4 Oct

The International desk is organizing some activities which can be seen below. It might be fun to join some of them.

Tour of the Academic Society (AF) Archives, October 5

The student life in Lund dates back to when Lund University was founded in 1666. The AF archive preserves this rich history and presents a large number of historical artefacts from the Academic Society, the student unions, nations and organizations. The tour will include amusing tales about the old student life in Lund and treasures from different student organizations. The tour takes place on October 5 at 16.45 and is free of charge. You register at the International Desk or by sending an e-mail to before Tuesday, October 4.

Start your own business part 3 English: An introduction to Entrepreneurship, October 5 

In this seminar we will tell you about the possibilities, and about the conditions that are important when starting up a business in Sweden. You will also get the opportunity to listen and ask questions to other students who has taken their ideas into businesses.
How can I find my business idea? What is a company? Where do I find my customers? Where can I turn for help, when starting up a business in Sweden?

Location: Ekonomihögskolan, Holger Crafoord Ekonomicentrum, Lund, EC2-169
Date: October 5, between 15.15-17.00.

“Working in Sweden – Finding a job in Sweden”, October 6

A workshop on:
– how to market yourself, get the necessary tools
– think outside the box, and close the deal!
Lecturer: Annie Duivens, Oyra Rekrytering
When: 2011-10-06, 15.00 – 17.00
Where: Palaestras hörsal

First come first served! Limited number of places. Organized by Lund University Career Services.

International Cat Exhibition in Lund, October 8-9

Cat lover? 350 cats representing 25 different breeds are presentation on the International Cat exhibition this weekend in Färs och Frosta Sparbank Arena. A guided tour of the exhibition takes place at 11.00 and 13.00. Tickets are 40 SEK.

Guided tour in Lund Cathedral, October 9

Enjoy a great tour and learn all about Lund Cathedral. The tour takes place on October 9 at 13.45 and is free of charge. You register by sending an e-mail to

Game night, October 10

Try out different board games, card games and strategy games and meet new friends. The game night takes place on October 10, 17-19, in Gamla Kirurgen (where the International Desk is located) and is free of charge. You register by visiting the International Desk or sending an e-mail to

English Comedy Night – October 14 – VG Nation

Comedians from around the world will come to Lund and perform stand-up comedy in English this week. Aussie & American Specials.

When: Friday, October 14, showtime: 21:30 (doors open at 20:00)
Where: VG Nation, Tornavägen 19, Lund
Tickets are 65 kr and on sale now at Lundaböcker. You can also pay 65 kr at the door to VG Nation from 20.00 onwards to get in to see the show.

Join us on a visit to the famous glass factories in Småland, October 21!

 The southern part of Småland is renowned worldwide for its Swedish glass factories. International Desk and Lund University Foreign Friends now give you the opportunity to visit three of them. At all three glass factories you will have the chance to see the beautiful collections and to buy items from the first and second’s selection.

Date:                Friday 21 of October 2010.

Place and time:  Lund Cathedral at 7.30 a m

Return to Lund:  approximately 18.00/19.00

Price:                300:- (bus tour and lunch included)

Our programme: After an appr. 3 hours drive through the fairly hilly northern parts of Skåne and the dark pine forests of Southern Småland, we will arrive at the famous Kosta BodaThere will be a guided tour of the factory floor where you will see glass-blowing at close quarters. At Kosta Boda you can also find a big outlet shopping center, Kosta Outlet. At around 12.45 we will depart for Målerås where we will have lunch at 13.00. After lunch we will look at artist Mats Jonasson´s beautiful handcrafted crystal with wildlife animals. Our final stop at 15.15 will be Orrefors  a few km southeast of Målerås. There you can visit a very fine museum and a shop.

Tickets can be bought at the International Desk from October 5 until October 12. The number of seats is limited.

Free entry to the Skissernas museum

16 Sep


Skissernas museum Photo © Bengt Oberger (Date:2011-05-09)

150 architecture students became inspired and worked for three days on the museum’s critically acclaimed exhibition ’Dubuffet as an Architect’. Why don’t you come and see it too?

There are only a few weeks left of the exhibition and we are offering all students free admission (on presentation of valid student ID).
“It is big. The Museum of Public Art has never had such an extensive exhibition. Once again we
come face to face with a pictorial universe that has held its own against the world around it.”
Thomas Millroth, Sydsvenskan, 23 June 2011

Programme Kulturnatten 17 September
Join us for a half-hour evening tour of Dubuffet’s distinctive artistry at 19:00, 20:00, 21:00 and 22:00 (tours in Swedish).
21:00 A strange, mutated version of Malmö band VED performs music inspired by Jean Dubuffet’s musical experiments and his ideas about l’art brut and the intrinsic language of materials.

Guided tour in English – Sunday, 18 Sept at 14:00

Skissernas museum | Museum of Public Art, Finngatan 2, Tues–Sun 12–17, Weds 12–21
Follow us on Facebook and find more information here.

Science Slam

14 Sep

Science and humour in harmony

For you who are interested in science, this might be an interesting event here in Lund. On saturday the 17th, a science stand-up will take place outside the universitetshuset. Some of Lund University’s researchers will duel each other and you can vote who is winning. More information can be found here. This might be a good start for the culture night.

City Walk on Sustainable Consumption

8 Sep

City Walk on Sustainable Consumption –  a really great opportunity for new students in Lund to get to know places where they can consume more sustainably in Lund and learn about the impact of their individual consumption. It’s not only about being green, but also good for everyone’s purse, since buying second hand clothes or furniture, and eating seasonable food also saves quite a lot of money and makes living in Lund more affordable – while doing something for the environment and society.

These are the details:

The City Walk on Sustainable Consumption

Where in Lund can I get clothes made of fair trade and organic cotton?

Where to buy local and seasonal vegetables?

Do you know already all of Lund’s fantastic Second Hand Shops?

Hållbart Universitet – Lund Students for Sustainability –  will answer these and more questions in this tour, which instead of visiting tourist sites, will show you different places in Lund, where you can find out about the social and environmental impacts that the production and consumption of goods have – like a pair of jeans, a mobile phone, a cup of coffee or a steak. New students, especially those who are arriving with only a 20kg suitcase, have to acquire lots of new things: furniture, clothes, food and much more. But does it always have to be new? What are the cheap, but sustainable options? Where do I find seasonable fruits and vegetable, which are often cheap and much tastier than imported ones? We will point out alternatives and local examples for sustainable consumption, showing how you can make a difference through your choice as consumer! Remember: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world!” (Margaret Mead) The tour will be held in English.

Meeting point for the city walk is in front of Erikshjälpen Second Hand Store. We will then walk through Lund together. The tour will end at ABC World Shop. Every participant will receive a map of Lund where all the places and shops are indicated that we visited throughout the tour and many more, which you can visit later on your own!

The dates for the next tours are:

  • Tuesday, September 6th, 16:00-17:30 (“register” at our facebook event)
  • Saturday, September 10th, 14:00-15:30
  • Tuesday, September 20th, 17:00-18:30

Interested people can “register” at our facebook page or simply show up the day of the tour.

Those interested to know more about Hållbart University – Lund Students for Sustainability, can come to our new member introduction meeting next Monday, Sept 5, 17:15 in the AF castle, 4th floor, and visit our website for more information here.

Environmental Movie Screening

8 Sep

Movie on “Sustainable Truth?”

The  Hållbart Universitet – Lund Students for Sustainability, the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, Center for Environmental and Climate Science, Student council for Lund students from environmental science, Studiefrämjandet, and Folkuniversitetet are organizing movie screenings every Tuesday between September 13 and November 1. 

If climate change is a seroius issue for you, you would like to know what happiness and sustainablity have in common and you like documentarie, then you should join this series of movie screening. The movies will be shown every tuesday at 6.30 pm in the Ecology building, Sölvegatan 37. After each movie there’ll be speakers who are experts within the theme of each movie to engage with the audience with questions and discussions. All movies will be in English and free of charge.

The September Schedule:

Sept 13: The Great Global Warming Swindle

Speaker: Lars Hansson, IIIEE

Sept 20: Age of Stupid

Speaker: Oleg Izyumenko, & Wake Up Call

Sept 27: Economics of Happiness

Speaker: Oksana Mont, IIIEE

Oct 4: HOME

Speaker: Lars and Doris Almström, SNF

More information can be either found on their facebook event side or here.

World University Ranking

8 Sep

LU maintains Top 100 position

According to 2011/2012 QS World University Ranking, LU is still one of the world top 100 universities (#86). In some subjects it is even ranked as one of the top 50.

You can read the Lunds university official press release here.

Banking matters

19 Aug

Laugh all the way to the bank

Or at least avoid crying on your way back from it because they won’t let you open an account! 😀

Sweden is getting closer and closer to a cashless society – don’t be surprised if even your friends ask to pay you back something they owe you by direct deposit to your bank account! You will most likely need to pay your rent by bank wire (PlusGiro or BankGiro), and if only for that it might be worth considering getting a Swedish account.

Easier said than done of course – so Lund University has prepared this document to help you figure it all out. Don’t forget to take a queue number when you walk in! 😉

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