Stockholm Postmuseum – An Experience!

Only until recent days, an ultimate aim of a museum has been to impart a sense of knowledge and deep understanding into certain subjects and topics of interest. With the rise of technology, museums today are radically transforming the people’s experience and along with the above two, they also impart inspiration. One such example is Postmuseum situated in the old town, Gamlastan.

Post Museum, one of the oldest museums in Stockholm

Post Museum, one of the oldest museums in Stockholm

Postmuseum was established in 1906 in the same building which dates back to 17th century which also used to be the capital’s only post office until 1869. This makes the Post museum to be one of the oldest museums in Stockholm.

Two external factors inspired me to visit this museum. One was the delivery cycle and the other being Riktiga Vykort – an app. The Delivery cycle is a no ordinary cycle. It is so carefully designed that it eliminates the stress on the postman and the compartments in the bicycle are ergonomically arranged. The application is a smart move by the Postal department to boost the use of postal system. Users can use their own pictures in their smartphone and send it as a postcard to the people they wanted. The bottom line here is Innovations! I fell in love with the postal department of Sweden and I understood that they are quite different and dynamic. Myself being an enthusiast of Postal system, (I used to send home a postcard on several occasions including birthdays and whenever I am in a new city, I send home a post card from that place, thereby having a big collection of postcards), I decided to pay a visit to Post Museum to understand further.

Some interesting points to note:

Although the postal activities existed as early as in the beginning of 17th century, the foundations of were laid in 1636. Before the establishment, much of the work was undertaken through farmers. Horse drawn carriages were deployed and because of bad roads, it took a long time for the parcels to reach.
Surprisingly, it was quick in winters because of the frozen lakes and streams and so these horses can be manoeuvred in the shortcut routes. These are clearly demonstrated in the post museum through artefacts.

One motivating factor to establish the postal system was that during the Swedish war, when King Gustav II Adolf was shot dead, it took several weeks for the message to reach stockholm. So a royal charter was passed and the postal system was established.

The replica of the royal charter at the museum

With the improvement of technology and upliftment of society, the postal service was also improved with the usage of all means of transport – be it boats, trains, and now through air to the latest usage of electric vehicles, making the process as environmental friendly as possible. Posten has to its credit that it has the highest number of electrically operated vehicles in the world.

Apart from the main activities, Postal service in Sweden was the first to publish newspaper in the name of “Ordinaries Post Tijdender”.

The post office was built in such a way that it was a place to hangout and chat to exchange news and information. Usually the retired soldiers became post masters and it was their home which was usually a post office. The post master puts up the names of the people who have got a mail in the board outside his home. People used to flock there enthusiastically to share news and catch up with new buddies!

Posten, the then Swedish Postal Network again differentiated itself in 2011. It established the Climate Foundation and the money was used to implement the ideas of the Posten employees. Almost 100 million Swedish Kronas was generated in one such year.

During the times of Industrial era, where there were shortage of men, Sweden was a bit clever in utilising the resources of women, who were mostly free at their homes. They also were happy with less wages.

Likewise, the innovations that happen in Postal department in Sweden are countless. One such big project was called “Letters to myself”.

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In 1994, 20000 people were asked to write letters to themselves and the concept was that they shall get back in 20 years. “As said, they were exactly returned back to them in 2014 which created a lot of buzz”, says Lotte Edsbrandt, one of the directors of the museum as her face gleams with happiness and excitement. She also added that there were lot of emotional moments when some people wrote letters to their spouses and now they have been expired. Some of their letters are displayed in the exhibition and it was fun to read. You must visit it if you find time as these are soon gonna be removed!

Lotte gets excited as she explains me about some interesting cases of the Project,

Lotte gets excited as she explains me about some interesting cases of the Project, “Letters to me”

Another engaging section in the museum is “The Little post Office”, an exclusive section for the kids where they can drive a postal van, learn to sort the cards and deliver them at the right place and make their own post cards.

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If you think its the place only for kids, you might be wrong. There is another interesting section called “Hej”, where there are typewriters placed and you can type a letter and send to your loved ones! I typed a letter to my dad on his birthday and he was happy to read a typewrited one!

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Listen to what Lotte says to me about the Museum,

Special thanks to Lotte for letting us know more about the Museum in detail

Special thanks to Lotte for letting us know more about the Museum in detail


Midsummer – The gala festival of Sweden

You might have not seen a Midsummer celebration happening in Sweden but the chances are that you might have heard about this famous Swedish gala.

If any Swede is asked about the Midsummer celebration, the common answer that one could get is that, “Hmm, Yeah, We celebrate the festival by erecting a maypole, singing and dancing around with wineglasses in hand”. But, getting the facts straight, “Mid”summer gives the meaning. It marks the summer solstice when the people experience the longest day of the year. In fact some people say, the sun never sets. Although assuming the truth was a bit stretched here, for the past few days, we did see that the daylight was available for most of the time. A lot of green will be seen during the celebration because the vegetation shall be seen at their highest. Its also interesting to notice that exactly 6 months down the line, people shall be celebrating X-mas!


Midsummer Maypole

It certainly is the day for children, as a lot of kiddos shall be seen looking so happy. A number of games are held to engage them. I too did participate in one such game, where I figured out that its a trick, but still children feel happy playing it. Fish a parcel, Nail it fast, Spin the wheel were some games being arranged in Vitabergsparken.

More people spreading the spirit of summer day! #midsummer #visitstockholm #visitsweden #sthlm #stockholm

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The traditional dresses are worth to make a mention. One such person, whom I met was with her daughter. She said me that, the dress what she wears belongs to her grandma’s and the dress what her daughter wore was worn by her when she was young! And she was proud to say that!

Flowers are also an integral part of the celebration. You can see a lot of people wearing flower head garlands. I too managed to borrow it from a benevolent soul! 😛

😎#midsummer #picoftheday #sthlm #visitstockholm #visitsweden

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Another interesting belief is that, as said by one of my friend, young girls keep the flowers beneath the sleeping pillow during the midsummer night and the tradition is that they shall dream about the man of their lives. It would be funny to see if they dream an animal, a cow or something! 😛

You can ask me that being Midsummer, why does it rain! Hell yeah, that bewilders me too! :O Check this video and see what people say to me during this midsummer.

Don’t forget to enjoy this crazy song in the video! It’s damn good.

SmÄ grodorna, smÄ grodorna Àr lustiga att se. (The little frogs, the little frogs are funny to observe.)
SmÄ grodorna, smÄ grodorna Àr lustiga att se.(The little frogs, the little frogs are funny to observe.)
Ej öron, ej öron, ej svansar hava de.(No ears, no ears no tails do they possess.)
Ej öron, ej öron, ej svansar hava de. (No ears, no ears no tails do they possess.)

Kou ack ack ack, kou ack ack ack,
kou ack ack ack ack kaa.
Kou ack ack ack, kou ack ack ack,
kou ack ack ack ack kaa. (This is super fun!)

8 Reasons why Stockholm is the place for Students đŸ“–

If at all there is one day, that every person related to academics will look forward for, that will be a day in December when the Nobel prize ceremony will take place. A day when Stockholm City hall will be filled by top-notch achievers in five disciplines. While it has been evident that Nobel Prize founder, Alfred Nobel is a Swede, it is like that “elephant in the room” situation when it comes to academics in Stockholm. Its a true known fact that there are ample opportunities for learners. Since the day I had been to Stockholm, I had been visiting a number of places including libraries, Student study places, Startups, meetups and many other places, and I was simply flabbergasted. Why? because of the following,

  1. Books? Name it and you’ll get it.

With a plethora of libraries, I bet you don’t get out, without reading something interesting and fascinating, when you get in. Books, ranging from writings of history in National Library of Sweden to latest books on Fashion, Psychology and Arts, you shall find in Stockholm Stads Bibliotek. Some of the universities and Institutions also permit public to use their libraries and also to become a member too. In fact, I am currently a member of the above two, Stockholm University and Konstfack University college of Design. And yes, so my wallet has grown a little bigger, containing these extra cards ;

Collection of Books and Book Collection system at Medborgarplatsen Bibliotek

An #automatic #book collection system at #stadsbibliotek #sweden #swedishmoments #visitstockholm

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2. Eduroam, Omnipresent

My phone and my laptop automatically connects to Eduroam, making students to access the global information in a flick! Accessing researched data also gets easy sometimes as these member institutions subscribe to a number of journals.

Eduroam - Wifi

Eduroam – Wifi

3. Save money with Mecenat 

Student phase of life is often characterised by full of ambitions/goals and less of $$$. Students are usually enrolled with Mecenat, who provides the ID card and in turn, they operate with a mutual benefit between students and the companies. Almost anything that a student needs can be bought at a discount from groceries, clothing to study related materials. Students always have a special discount everywhere which includes flights, local transport or almost anywhere.

Mecenat Card

Mecenat Card

4. Akademibokhandeln – State of the Art! 

Being one of my favourite stores, it can be spotted on malls, crowded areas and near the institutions. With an intriguing collection of books, stationary supplies, gifts and many more, the store is so pleasing that you will not come out without any purchase. I had bought something on both the occasions I have been to these stores.

5. Study well with Studentpalatset

Home – sometimes gets too bored,

University – someone always comes banging your door or sometimes too mainstream

So what will be the whole new ball game? Well it will be Studentpalatset. It is a big House with almost 300 rooms for the students of KTH, KI, SU, SSE, managed by SSCO – Stockholms StudentkĂ„rers Central Organisation. Every time, I have been there, I would have learnt more than what I could have accomplished elsewhere.

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6. Housing? Not a problem at all!

Stockholm disappoints with respect to the number of built up apartments, but the good thing is that its not for the students. SSSB – Stockholms Student BostĂ€der is an organisation dedicated to help students to find them a place to live, which is again run by SSCO.

7. Clear Info and easy Inquiry 

All the websites in Stockholm/Sweden explain the stuffs clearly. Even if you need more assistance, you can shoot emails, and sometimes, I get quicker responses through their social media channels.

8. People going for the extra mile 

People who want to go the extra mile never get disappointed with Stockholm. Apart from the mainstream academic stuff, there are more cooler stuffs like

Open lab – a place for Design Thinkers

Stockholm Makerspace – a place for doers

several Meetup groups – ranging from Photography, arts, crafts, Entrepreneurship, Books, Language and much more.

Institutions like STING – Stockholm Innovation and SUP-46, Startup People of Sweden help a lot of budding Entrepreneurs to make their dreams a reality.

#sthlmtech #hilton #slussen #stockholm

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The proof is in the pudding. Opportunities are endless for the people who deserve. Stockholm is a place of people who wanted to study space or software, Engineering or medicine, Management or Psychology!

The gates are always open, Choice to enter is yours.

P.S: For more details on studying in Stockholm, visit Academic Stockholm

A day in Startup Day đŸ’ž

I believe that the ultimate purpose of any conference would be to kindle lots of inspiration and motivation. At the end of the day, meeting passionate people, hearing to those who have accomplished a lot, generates new thoughts and gives a more holistic perspective on what we do. Startup Day 2015, organised by Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship was no way different. But wait there were some unique differences! Continue reading

Best time and best place to roam around in Stockholm

Especially hailing from India, where its colors and light all around, Oh boy! Stockholm was rather gloomy for past 6+ months! Now since the sun has started to remove its shades, it’s time here in Sweden to put on shades!

While this goes on, I get a number opportunities to go around the city in the night especially after I got a cycle.


The ferry from slussen to DjurgÄrden gives you a breathtaking view of the land and the waters.

Best thing with Stockholm is,

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Solar Eclipse in Stockholm, the best eclipse I’ve seen so far.

Until today, the best eclipse I have seen were only through the pictures in internet or books. Today, for the first time, I saw the best eclipse of my lifetime. I was worried that, I couldn’t get a solar eclipse safe glass to watch although the weather was not so favourable. Most of the time the weather was cloudy and hence a sharp image of the sun was not able to obtain. Just somewhere before 80% eclipse, I was able to see a nearly crisp image of sun, but just for few minutes.

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How Game Of Thrones exhibition changed my last weekend?

Well, not as squiggly as Joffrey

I had been of a notion that “Game of thrones” was a computer game until my friend corrected me two weeks back when we were about to step into the Exhibition, a few days later! 😛 I had been that bad in TV serials. A person who knew nothing about it, except for the title, now have a big understanding of what the story is about, the characters (most of them). Last weekend was one heck for me. 4 seasons, 40 episodes, almost 40 hours in 3 days! Isn’t it earth-shattering? Yes it was to me as well. Now I can’t wait for the fifth season! Now I understood why people exclamate “Game of thrones”!

The exhibition itself was a thrilling one. Two hours to stand outside in chilling cold in long queues before we step in!

Just before the entrance was the famous Iron throne!

Well, not as squiggly as Joffrey

Well, not as squiggly as Joffrey

Sandheep Kumar, house of Skrapan (well, thats the name of the building I live in 😛 ), first of his name, King of the Andals and the first men, Lord of seven kingdoms and the Protector of the Realm 😀

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The best experience stays with you forever – First day of cycling in Stockholm


When you ask, it shall be given

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A day’s visit to AntikmĂ€ssan

A bronze statue in the entrance

Attending a fair has it’s own benefits. To name a few,

  • Knowing the latest trends and new developments,
  • To know new companies in the related domain
  • To meet like minded people and share views

But attending a fair of a domain which is not relevant to you, interestingly gives some unexpected benefits which might be

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