Housing in Sweden

What are you worried about when you are planning to move to Sweden?

Finding an accommodation.

Yes, we can relate.

But don’t worry! We decided to list the first things you should know when you are trying to find an accommodation in Sweden.

Don’t forget to let us know if this was helpful!

Innovitalia 3.0

Are you an Italian researcher abroad (maybe in Sweden)?

Great!

There is a new virtual meeting space where you can share ideas, information and research opportunities. #Innovitalia 3.0 is an international platform that connects universities, companies and research centres aiming to create new projects and opportunities.

For more information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTgXe3LANyY

Register on: https://innovitalia.esteri.it/

“Jag är bror till XX” – Fleur Jaeggy

Jag är bror till XX” (“Sono il fratello di XX“, Adelphi Edizioni) is a collection of short stories written by Fleur Jaeggy in 2014.

In these stories, in which time and space seem not to exist, you will not find a regular and linear path, but you will notice the pleasure for storytelling. Fantasy, autobiographical inspirations and reflections about life’s foolishness are only a few ingredients of these stories, where the neurologist Oliver Sacks, the Russian-American poet and essayist Joseph Brodsky and the Austrian poet and author Ingeborg Bachmann are the main characters.

Fleur Jaeggy is an Italian writer born in Switzerland, but she has lived in Milan since 1968. Jaeggy writes in Italian and her books have been translated into 30 languages. Her most-known novel is “I beati anni del castigo” (1989) – Swedish title “Tuktans ljuva år” – which has been awarded the Italian literary prize Premio Bagutta. Another novel “Proleterka” (2014) was named by The Times Literary Supplement as one of the best books in 2003.

Both “Tuktans ljuva år” and “Proleterka” have been published by Nilsson förlag, that has recently translated into Swedish “Jag är bror till XX” too, thanks to a grant by the C.M. Lerici Foundation

Nationalmuseum Stockholm

Nationalmuseum in Stockholm is Sweden’s museum of art and design.

Its collections include painting, sculpture, drawings and prints from 1500 to 1900 and applied arts, design and portraits from early Middle Ages until present day.

The museum has finally reopened with a new exhibition – “Zorn – en svensk superstjärna” (“Zorn – a Swedish Superstar”) – that is dedicated to one of the best-known Swedish artists.

C.M. Lerici Foundation supports art students and researchers as well and the Nationalmuseum’s collections offer many interesting insights.

Do you know this museum and its history? Would you like to visit it?

International Children’s Book Day – Moomins by Tove Jansson

Once upon a time, there were strange little creatures, somewhere between trolls and hippos“.

Today we celebrate the International Children’s Book Day (ICBD) with one of the most loved childreen’s books.

The Moomins where created by Tove Jansson, a Finnish writer who belonged to the Swedish-speaking minority. She is known all over the world for the Moomin series, that received the Andersen Prize.

The Moomins are a family of adventurous and friendly trolls: Papa Moomin, Mamma Moomin and little Moomin, who also live with Grugnina, Moomin’s girlfriend, and Sniff, Moumin’s friend. Other characters are the cousin Ombra, Tabacco, Mimla and the little sister Mi, the distant relatives Fungarelli and many other strange creatures.In Italy the Moomin series were first published as comic stripes on the magazine Linus.

Nowadays Iperborea published these stories as books and many others are planned to be published in the next few months.

Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award – Jean-Claude Mourlevat

This year the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award was given to Jean-Claude Mourlevat, “a brilliant renewer of fairy tale traditions, open to both hardship and beauty. Time and space are suspended in his fictional worlds, and eternal themes of love and longing, vulnerability and war are portrayed in precise and dreamlike prose.

Mourlevat is a French children and young adult author and translator. Fairy tale, fable and fantasy are the key ingredients of his books, in which he draws on literary traditions to create worlds that resemble no other.

Since 2002, the global prize Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is given annually to a person or organization for their outstanding contribution to children’s and young adult literature, in order to promote every child’s right to great stories.

Mourlevat’s books have been translated into nearly 20 languages, including Italian and Swedish.

Have you read anything by Jean-Claude Mourlevat?

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Premio Strega 2021

The 12 books nominated to the Strega Prize 2021 have finally been revealed.

The Strega Prize is the most prestigious Italian literary award. Founded in 1947, it awards the best work of prose fiction written in the Italian language every year.

Among the candidated authors, we can find Donatella Di Pietrantonio and her new novel “Borgo sud“, that is the sequel of “L’Arminuta“, a story about motherhood, love and abandonment.

L’Arminuta” was published in Sweden in 2019 by Polaris thanks to a C.M. Lerici Foundation’s grant.

Have you already read one (or more) of them in Italian? Which one would you like to read in Swedish?

World Poetry Day: “Historier”, Antonella Anedda

Celebrate the World Poetry Day with the Italian poet Antonella Anedda.

Lyrikvännen has recently published “Historier“, a selection from Anedda’s latest critically acclaimed collection, which investigates personal and public issues, history, geography, astronomy, and international politics.

Antonella Anedda is one of Italy’s most popular poets and essayists. She wrote multilingual poetries that resort to different dialects. Her work won several prizes and it has also been included in various anthologies that has also been translated into various languages, such as Japanese, Korean, Hebrew, Spanish, French and English.

Historier” has been translated in Swedish by Ida Andersen and Nina M. Olsson and it has been published thanks to a grant by the C.M. Lerici Foundation.

International Women’s Day

Today it’s the International Women’s Day, a day to remember how important are women in society, even if gender equality seems to be still far from our society.

Advancing gender equality in science and technology is essential for building a better future”, Secretary-General António Guterres stated.

According to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), “women account for only one third of the world’s researchers and hold fewer senior positions than men at top universities, which has led to a lower publication rate, less visibility, less recognition and, critically, less funding”.

Changing the future is possibile, but it needs our collective efforts. C.M. Lerici Foundation supports women in all the professional fields through annual scholarships aimed at promoting the cultural exchange between Italy and Sweden.

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QS World University Rankings

The QS World University Rankings could be a valid help to find where to study.

Based upon academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact, the QS World University Rankings show the best universities in the world, classified by subject.

This year, La Sapienza University in Rome ranks first in “Classics & Ancient History”, while 7 courses of MIP Politecnico di Milano – including “Arts and Design” and “Architecture” – have been evalueted as the best 50 in the world.

In “Arts and Humanistic Studies”, Ca’ Foscari in Venice reaches the 107th position in the world and the 3rd in Italy for the disciplines Modern Languages (59th in the world), History (among the best 150) and Linguistics (among the top 200).

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