Llegando al Círculo Polar Ártico, Suecia está cubierto en su mayoría por bosques y con la costa más larga en Europa. Los suecos son muy apegados a la naturaleza y después del fuerte invierno, disfrutan de los meses cálidos al aire libre, nadando, hiendo excursiones, o visitando familiares y amigos. Un único regalo en el verano es el midnattsol (el sol de medianoche) cuando el sol es visible durante 24 horas por días casi por dos meses. Los suecos están comprometidos con la sostenibilidad, por lo que un líder global en la agricultura ecológica, el reciclaje y las energías renovables.

Los adolescentes en Suecia suelen disfrutar de los conciertos, las películas y pasar tiempo juntos. Es común el transporte en bicicletas. Después de la escuela y en los fines de semana, puedes juntarte con tus amigos en los centros para jóvenes, conocidos como fritidsgård, para disfrutar de juegos y pasar tiempo juntos. Los amantes de los deportes pasarán una buena experiencia en Suecia, jugando fútbol, tenis, hockey de hielo o yendo a esquiar.


People & Community

Most Swedes live in small rural towns, and while the cities are populous and modern, they retain their ancient charm with pockets of medieval streets and architecture. You could be placed throughout Sweden, though most host families live in the countryside or in small towns. Mutual respect between children and adults is nurtured from an early age. The Swedes prize personal freedom and accountability, so your responsibilities at home and school will reflect those values. Household chores are usually equally divided among family members, in small and tidy houses.


School in Sweden begins in mid-August and goes until mid-June, from 8 am to 3 or 4 pm, though the class schedule varies between programs. Your school schedule will be determined by your interests and the classes you’ve already taken. Swedish schools offer a variety of tracks but sciences and humanities are the priorities for many. No matter what you focus on, expect to take Swedish, English and math.


Swedes speak Swedish, though almost 90% also speak English, as it has been a required subject in schools since 1849. Many Swedes speak a 3rd or 4th language as well. You don’t have to know Swedish before starting your exchange, but some basics will certainly be helpful. AFS will support you in learning the language before and during the exchange by providing materials, links and language lessons.


Common Swedish meals include potatoes, cheese, seafood, meat, fresh vegetables, salads, and open-faced sandwiches. Smorgasbord, a bountiful buffet, is common for special occasions. Meatballs, lingonberries, and smoked salmon are popular delicacies.

Let AFS guide your intercultural adventure

Go abroad with AFS to discover who you really are, make new lifetime friendships and immerse yourself in a fascinating intercultural experience.

Our learning program will prepare you for an amazing AFS intercultural experience. The program begins at your home country with a pre-departure orientation and continues with orientations and other supported learning activities and facilitated conversations will help you maximize your experience, cope the challenges of navigating a new culture and community and gain knowledge, skills, and a global understanding, throughout your time abroad, and as you return to you home country. AFS volunteers will be there to support and guide you and your host family through your learning journey abroad.


The Global Competence Certificate (GCC) program will support your intercultural learning experience. This state-of-the-art program prepares you to successfully navigate new cultural environments—during your AFSNext experience and long after you finish the program. Online intercultural learning modules combined with in-person sessions help you develop practical and global skills, knowledge and attitudes that employers need and mission-driven organizations believe will help achieve their social impact goals. You will receive your certification upon completion of the training program.   

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