Sunday, July 31, 2016

Ethio Sweden Football Team Lifted the Trophy in Netherlands

This topic is most relevant to : Swedish and International people interested in Ethiopian cultureHabeshas born and raised outside EthiopiaHabeshas Studying and Working outside Ethiopia

The Ethio-Sweden football team has lifted up the cup  at the 14th sport and cultural festival that was held in Netherlands. There were doubts about the performance of the team considering  past year results at Frankfurt but the team has delivered more than expected and are now going to play for the first division in the upcoming annual festival. 

The team has won the trophy in a very much interesting competition which reached to penalty shoot outs.The opponent team at the final was Ethio-Bergen and were leading Ethio-Sweden 3 to 0 until half time. However, the Ethio-Sweden came back from behind and equalized the score by netting three goals and leveled the result in a normal full time. After that the penalty shoot outs  have taken place and has ended 3 to 2 with team Ethio Sweden being the championsWatch Ethio-Sweden team celebrate after winning  here.

Swedish Version

Den Ethio-Sverige fotbollslag har lyft koppen vid den 14: e sport och kulturfestival. Det fanns tvivel om prestanda av laget pga de senaste årsresultat i Frankfurt men laget har levererat mer än väntat och nu kommer att spela för den första divisionen i den kommande årliga festivalen.

Laget har vunnit trofén i en mycket intressant match som nådde till straffläggning. Motståndaren laget i finalen var Ethio-Bergen och var ledande Ethio-Sverige 3-0 tills halvtid. 
Men kom Ethio-Sverige tillbaka bakifrån och utjämnade ställningen genom att göra poäng tre mål planat resultatet i en normal heltid. Efter att straffläggning har ägt rum och har avslutats 3-2 och Ethio-Sverige bli mästarna. Titta Ethio Sverige laget fira här.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Religious Institutions for Habesha in Stockholm

This topic is most relevant to : 
Swedish and International people interested in Habesha cultureHabeshas born and raised outside EthiopiaHabeshas Studying and Working outside Ethiopia.

There are few religious institutions that Habeshas can visit in Stockholm. Depending on the type of belief you follow, there are establishments that one can stop by. Unlike many Swedes that does not indulge in the subject, Ethiopians have close ties to religion. As a result, coming from a nation where the value of religion is significant, it is difficult for one to experience the rituals and the ceremonies that are common in the establishments. It is even more uncomfortable if you are located in small town other than Stockholm.

EOTC Stockholm
Fortunately, there are some institutions that you can visit if you are in the capital. For instance, if you are a follower of the Orthodox Christian religion, there are four churches you can attend to. The first one is referred as "Silassie" (Trinity) church and is located in Centralplan, Nacka. Every late Wednesday and Friday afternoon there is a bible study session which begins and ends with a prayer. You can take bus number 444 from Slussen and head towards Västra Orminge. More information is available at The second one is placed closer to Hötorget. It is only one station from T-centralen. The third one is situated around Hagsätra metro station.You would need to walk approximately 150 meters to reach to the church.The prayer,song and gospel is conducted in Amharic and Geez for the churches stated above. Furthermore, there is one church that is located near Akalla. However, since this is an Eritrean Orthodox church, the prayer and the gospel are presented in Tigrigna and Geez languages.
On the other hand, if you are a Protestant or a Muslim, there are few places you can visit. For example, the Jerusalem Evangelical church in Älvsjö is well known.Additional information about this church can be found at Moreover, there is a possibility to visit Sodermalmkyrkan, that  is located directly in front of Skanstull subway station exit. Here, the gospel and the prayer is administered in Swedish, however there is a live translation service into English language. On the other hand, if you are a Muslim, there are spiritual sessions one can attend to. The first is situated right outside of Kista station, next to the former Kulturhuset's library and the other is placed closer to Hallonberg metro station.

Coming from a religious background,it is not easy for Habeshas to exercise religion in Sweden. However,in this places,you would  be able to meet fellow Habeshas who are interested in religion and religious activities. Once you visit this places, you can be able to obtain respective weekly prayer and gospel schedules from leaders as well as service contributors. If there are places that you would want to mention, please leave a comment. Finally,what's your thought regarding spiritual life in Sweden? How do you see the challenges ?

Swedish Version

Det finns få religiösa institutioner som Habeshas kan besöka i Stockholm. Beroende på vilken typ av religiös tro du följer, det finns institutioner som du kan besöka. Till skillnad från många Svenskar som inte ägnar sig åt religion, historiskt, Etiopier har nära band med religion. Så kommer från en nation där religionen betyder allt, är det svårt för en att uppleva de religiösa ritualer och ceremonier som är vanliga inom institutionerna. Speciellt om du ligger på liten stad än Stockholm, är det ännu svårare.

Om du är Orthodox, du kan besöka :
  • "Silassie" Kyrka, nära  Centraplan,Nacka,
  • "Silassie" Kyrka, nära  Hötorget Tunnelbana.
  • "Medhaniyalem" Kyrka, nära Hagsätra Tunnelbana.
  • Akalla Orthodox Kyrka
Om du är Protestant, du kan besöka:
Om du är Muslim,du kan besöka:
  • kista Tunnelbana,nästa till gamla Kulturhuset Biblotek
  • Hallonberg Tunnelbanan
  • Medborgarplatsen

Kommer från en religiös bakgrund, är det inte lätt för Habeshas att utöva religion i Sverige. Men i detta ställen, skulle du kunna träffa andra Habeshas som är intresserade av religion och religiösa aktiviteter. När du besöker denna platser, kan du kunna få respektive  scheman från religiösa ledare och gudstjänst deltagare. Om det finns religiösa platser som du skulle vilja nämna, lämna gärna en kommentar. Dessutom, vad är din syn andligt liv i Sverige?(klicka 'view web version' ner om du vill kolla webb-version )

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Graduation Ceremony in Sweden

This topic is most relevant to : Swedish and International people interested in Ethiopian cultureEthiopian born and raised outside EthiopiaEthiopian Studying and Working outside Ethiopia.

In this post, I will  share my experience and observation about the graduation ceremony in Sweden.

The one thing I observed during my first year in Sweden was the festivity of graduation. During summer, by the end of my first year studies ,I was expecting to see some sort of graduation ceremony in the university I was residing. However, there was none, the campus was quite as usual. After asking around, I was surprised to find out that, unlike Ethiopia, a formal graduation ceremony mostly takes place upon the completion of high school studies in Sweden. 

One of those days where the weather was hot, I was walking by the city center and I observed  many students standing up on a big decorated truck singing and chanting on their way.The female graduates were wearing white dresses and the male graduates were wearing suits. Both were wearing white hats. Some were waving their hat as they pass by the different parts of the town. Certainly,by the look of their joy,it's a memorable day for the graduates.And so it got me thinking, why there is no formal ceremony for students finishing high school in Ethiopia. What's your perception of the Swedish graduation ceremony?

En sak jag observerade under mitt första år i Sverige var fest i examen
Under sommaren, i slutet av mitt första år studier, jag hade förväntat mig att se någon form av examen ceremoni på universitetet jag bor. Men det fanns ingen, campus var helt som vanligt. Efter frågar runt, blev jag förvånad att ta reda på att, till skillnad från Etiopien, en formell examens ceremoni tar mest plats vid slutförandet av gymnasiestudier i Sverige.

En av dessa dagar då vädret var varmt, jag gick genom centrum och jag observerade många studenter som står upp på en stor dekorerad lastbil sjunga och skandera på väg. De kvinnliga utexaminerade var klädda i vita klänningar och de manliga akademiker klädd kostymer. Båda var klädda i vita hattar. Några viftar sin hatt när de passerar genom de olika delarna av staden. Visst, genom utseendet på sin glädje, det är en minnesvärd dag för akademiker. Och så det fick mig att tänka, varför det inte finns formell ceremoni för studenter vem avslutande gymnasiet i Etiopien.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Nightlife for Habesha in Stockholm

This topic is most relevant to : Swedish and International people interested in Habesha cultureHabeshas born and raised outside EthiopiaHabeshas Studying and Working outside Ethiopia.

After working or studying  in the week days, it is a typical routine for most Swedes to refresh in the weekend. There are a lot of bars and restaurants that are available to entertain people in the city of Stockholm.

Most of this places play music that are international. But what about people interested in Habesha music ? Fortunately, there are few places one can hang out to spend the night with habesha tradition and people.There are two well known  places in Stockholm that serve habesha music during the weekends.

The first one is Jebena Bar and Restaurant. This place is located inside the Rådhuset Station in the Blue line which is one station away from the central station, making it easily accessible for new customers. The other one is commonly referred as Fabriken located close to the Stadshagen metro station. It is approximately 4 minutes walk from the station.

Det finns en hel del barer och restauranger som finns tillgängliga för att underhålla människor i Stockholms stad. Det mesta av detta spela musik som är internationella. Men vad om folk är intresserade av Habesha musik?

Lyckligtvis finns det några platser man kan hänga ut att tillbringa natten med habesha tradition och manniskor. 
Det finns två platser som tjänar habesha musik under helgerna. Den första är Jebena Bar och Restaurang. Denna plats ligger inne i Rådhuset Station i den blå linjen som är en station från T-centralen, vilket gör det lättillgängligt för nya kunder. 

Den andra kallas som Fabriken ligger nära Stadshagen station. Det är ungefär fyra minuters promenad från tunnelbanestationen.