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Get involved

You’ve landed in Sweden and taken care of all the paperwork. Next up is making some Swedish friends and building a social life. But being a ‘new kid on the block’ is always challenging. Getting involved in activities is a great way to get your social life sorted.

Join societies and organisations

Interest groups and organisations are big in Sweden. If you have an interest – from singing in a choir to knitting, salsa dancing to history – there’s likely to be a society for it somewhere near you.

Many municipalities have society listings, and a web search can also direct you to local groups.

Join a sport club

Swedes of all ages are often members of sport clubs, making joining in a great way to meet new friends. Some of the most popular sports include football, ice hockey and handball, but you’ll find teams for any sport you can imagine throughout the country. Individual sports like martial arts and boxing are also popular.

A good place to start when looking for sport teams is Korpen, a national organisation for amateur sport. You can also search for local teams or studios either through a web search or through your municipality.

Gyms also often arrange sport classes. Two of the biggest gyms in Sweden are Friskis and Svettis and SATS, but there are also many other chains and private gyms.

Take classes

Adult education is popular in Sweden, with many organisations offering courses in everything from genealogical research to stand-up comedy. Two good places to start are Folkuniversitetet and Medborgarskolan. Both offer a wide range of classes and cultural events, usually with several meetings throughout each term. Your local university may also offer evening classes in a variety of subjects; at Studyinsweden.se you’ll find an overview of Swedish universities.

Find your local religious congregation

Though Swedish society is highly secularised, if you practice a religion, you’ll most likely find it represented in Sweden.

The Church of Sweden, Sweden’s national church, is represented in most cities and towns in the country. The church is Lutheran and is open to all.

Many Catholic churches can also be found throughout Sweden.

Muslims are one of Sweden’s largest religious groups, and there are many mosques found throughout Sweden. Contact the Federation of Swedish Islamic Congregations for help finding a mosque near you. Sweden’s Young Muslims also has an extensive listing of organisations for young Muslims throughout the country.

There are three main Jewish congregations in Sweden: in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö.

A Syrian Orthodox church is located in Stockholm.

There are many Buddhist congregations throughout Sweden.

Of course, many more religions are represented in Sweden – a web search for your congregation of choice will point you in the right direction.