Monday, January 01, 2007

An A-to-Z of life in Helsingborg (so far)

A handy and educational reference post!

For your convenience, I've listed my previous observations about life in Sweden by key words, and in alphabetical order.

I will add topics to this post as I go along, so be sure to come back to check out this page from time to time.

I wanted to make this a complete A-to-Z, but it appears that I don't cover all of the letters of the alphabet with my posts so far. So I've filled in the remaining letters with key words linking to other sites.

See? This really is an educational blog! Now, let's get started.


Nope, I have no A's. Sorry. Here are some links to other Sweden-related sites:

Abba - The official site of the 70's super-group. Yawn.
Allsång på Skansen - A crap show with boring celebrities singing boring songs at some park in Stockholm. Swedes love it.


Beaches & shy people - July 21st, 2006
Beer, buying - December 31st, 2005
Beer, buying rounds - January 16th, 2006

Beer, how to get cheap - February 8th, 2006
Beer, Swedish - January 27th, 2006
"Beme" (Rolf Gilleberg), local celebrity - December 30th, 2007

Bicycles - April 28th, 2006
Birthday, King of Sweden - May 2nd, 2006
Birthday, mine - March 8th, 2006
Birthday, my 42nd - March 9th, 2007
Bishops Arms, The, pub toilet - June 3rd, 2007

Booze, ordering - April 23rd, 2006
Bowling - February 21st, 2007


Cash machines - January 10th, 2006
Cat food - June 8th, 2006
Cats with short legs - December 7th, 2006
Charles Dickens, pub toilet - April 22nd, 2007 (see also Toilet, Top Tips, below)
Crayfish Party (US: Crawfish Party) - August 1st, 2007
Crossing the road - January 2nd, 2006
CSI: Helsingborg (band) gig - December 9th, 2007

Culinary quirks, burgers - March 15th, 2006
Culinary quirks, ketchup - February 18th, 2006
Culinary quirks, morning bread rolls - February 24th, 2006


Dinner party etiquette - January 1st, 2006
Dog poop - March 7th, 2006


English in Helsingborg, speaking - January 9th, 2007
Eurovision, Spring, the price of fish - May 18th, 2006

"Excuse me" - January 3rd, 2006


Fashion - Pantspotting - February 3rd, 2007
Fashion - Swedes and Stripes - May 31st, 2008
Farts - June 12th, 2006
Fat Tuesday (Shrove Tuesday) - February 20th, 2007
Festival in Helsingborg - August 1st, 2007

Footwear, office - February 4th, 2006
Free breakfasts - January 4th, 2006


Gossip and rumours - March 19th, 2006
Government, sleaze - October 16th, 2006


Hamnkrogen, pub toilet - May 10th, 2007 (see also Toilet, Top Tips, below)
Helsingborg, North vs South - January 17th, 2007
Helsingborgsfestivalen - August 1st, 2007
Helsingborgsvisan (The Ballad Of Helsingborg) - December 30th, 2007
Helsingör, Flat Stanley - April 10th, 2006

Helsingör, trip with the Yank - September 13th, 2006
Hotdogs - January 17th, 2006
Hotdogs, poster adverts - May 11th, 2006


I haven't got any posts starting with I, which is weird, considering I've been working for IKEA for twenty years now. I work in the IT office which doesn't have an external website, so here's a link to the Helsingborg store's pages.

Inlagd sill - pickled herring. They eat this stuff here.


No J's either. Oh well, here's a Swedish recipe with a story behind it:
Jansson's Temptation


Looks like I have no K's either. Here's more food stuff for you:
Kalle's Kaviar - this is a fishy paste (made by a company called Abba, believe it or not) that comes in a tube. It's sort of like a cheap and nasty version of caviar, but they eat it up here. Literally. Usually on crispbread, otherwise known as:


Limerick - March 17th, 2006
Lithuania dream - July 6th, 2006
Lithuania trip - June 26th, 2006
Live music - January 8th, 2006
Live music, Open Stage - July 11th, 2006
Live music, punk gig - March 18th, 2007


Magpies - March 5th, 2006
Magpies, more - May 13th, 2007

Mangler - February 24th, 2006
Montreal Trip - July 24th, 2007

Mormons - July 14th 2006
Move to Stattena from Eneborg - October 6th, 2007

Munchies - January 30th, 2006


No N's. Damn.
OK, my girlfriend lives in an area in Helsingborg where there's a pub called Norrbro. Here's their website:
Norrbro Pub


I've got no O's. Thank goodness for Olympia. This area of Helsingborg has the stadium which is the home of Helsingborg's football club, where Henrik Larsson is based, when he's not playing for non-Swedish clubs.
Olympia Stadium


Pants (US/CAN: underwear) - Pantspotting - February 3rd, 2007
Pavements (US/CAN: sidewalks) - February 1st, 2006

Pharmacy - March 29th, 2006
PL13, pub toilet - June 19th, 2007 (see also Toilet, Top Tips, below)

Promises - January 14th, 2006
Pub snacks at PL13, after punk gig - March 18th, 2007

Pubs, a night out - October 2nd, 2006
Pubs, bouncers - February 28th, 2006
Pubs, buying rounds - January 16th, 2006
Pubs, getting served - January 9th, 2006
Pubs, toilets: see "Toilet, Top Tips" below

Punctuality - January 11th, 2006
Punk gig - March 18th, 2007


Unsurprisingly, I don't have any Q's. Just read up on the
Queen of Sweden, OK?

There's a really bizarre band from Landskrona called
Quit Your Day Job. I've seen them in London and Copenhagen. They're weird. It's an acquired taste.


Recycling - December 30th, 2005
Recycling, Sweden vs England - January 29th, 2007
Restaurants in Helsingborg, a blog meme - May 19th, 2007
Rounds, buying in pubs - January 16th, 2006


Sandals and socks (office footwear) - February 4th, 2006
September 11th Tribute - September 11th, 2006

Shoes - January 23rd, 2006
Shrove Tuesday (Fat Tuesday) - February 20th, 2007
Snow (in February) - February 22nd, 2007

Speaker's Corner, a new thing - June 15th, 2006
Speaker's Corner, it's gone - June 21st, 2006
Spring, The A-Team - April 28th, 2006
Spring, bald chicks? - April 15th, 2006
Stockholm trip - October 14th, 2006
Swedish lesson, architecture - May 27th, 2006
Swedish lesson, grammar - May 19th, 2006


Tattoo idea - September 22nd, 2006
Tattoo done (and expensive haircut remembered) - December 2nd, 2006
Toilet paper - February 13th, 2006
Toilet, Top Tips: Pubs in Helsingborg - Part One: Charles Dickens - April 22nd, 2007
Toilet, Top Tips: Pubs in Helsingborg - Part Two: Hamnkrogen - May 10th, 2007
Toilet, Top Tips: Pubs in Helsingborg - Part Three: The Bishops Arms - June 3rd, 2007
Toilet, Top Tips: Pubs in Helsingborg - Part Four: PL13 - June 19th, 2007
TV, hairstyles of presenters, etc. - February 7th, 2006
TV, watching films - January 6th, 2006


I'm so lonely without U.
So I just might just go shopping in


I'm completely V-less. It's quite a shame really, because it's such a fun letter. As far as Swedish culture's concerned, however, there's a museum in Stockholm that houses a big old ship called

We have a
Video (a ballad about Helsingborg) - December 30th, 2007

The Vestibules have absolutely nothing to do with Sweden, but you have to check them out anyway. Because I know them and I'm in Sweden. So there.

Vikings were Scandinavian. Some were Swedes.


We Can English (my company) - December 30th, 2007
Weird structure, mystery - May 6th, 2006
Weird structure, mystery solved - June 21st, 2006


For some reason, Sweden is known for their liberal attitudes towards sex, and their pioneering work in the field of pornography. But since this is not an adult (XXX) blog as such, have a look at a beautiful


Yellowcoats: "Safety/Security Hosts" on the streets of Helsingborg (you'll need to scroll down a bit on this one) - February 13th, 2007
And here's the post about my cat from Ystad


I bet it comes as no surprise that I have no posts with Z's.

But there's a really cool little bar in Helsingborg that serves noodles and good bottled beers called Zoo Bar. Here's a photo:


Anonymous Anonymous said...

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12:41 am  
Blogger Mark Base said...

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1:04 am  
Blogger Tug said...

Happy New Year my friend!! May 2007 fill in the letters for you, all in fun & interesting ways....

3:20 am  
Blogger Pochrich said...

Hi Mark,thank you for your advise!I did noticed some of the translation didn't go well and it turned out weird.I will try to improve on that.

A Happy New Year 2007 to you!

10:20 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You missed:

Bombshell under "B", or;

Swedish bombshell under "S".

I know them Swedish blondes. One of the most beautiful nation out there.

6:49 pm  
Blogger Maritza said...

Well! Next time I'm in Helsinborg I will bring a laminated pocket sized copy of this list!

2:32 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hej Markbase, treffen here. Sos, I never heard about your trip to Germany. Was I right about good posters? And did you take any home with you? Prosit!

6:52 pm  
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