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The Swedes are passionate about sports.
They are a remarkably healthy people and love the outdoors, even in weather
that would have sane people diving for cover. Almost every sport you can think
of is represented in
Aussie Rules Football The
official home page of the AFL. The state
leagues are at SANFL for SA news,
at VFL (for those traitors across
the border) and WAFL for the sandgroper expats. You can also
go to Talking Footy
This site offers fans a forum to air their opinions and gripes about Ausssie Rules Football. And here you can set up your own Footy
Tips competition while away.
Netball News and updates at Netball Australia home
page. See us thump the Kiwis...
Olympic Sports AOC home page. See out newest sports hopes.
Skiing See Ski Australia Missing the snow in July? Check out the snow cams in Oz!
Soccer Soccer Australia has information on National League
tables and results, Aussies playing overseas, all the national teams and lots
of gossip. The men’s national team is the Socceroos, the women’s national team is the Matildas.
Can you tell I’m a soccer fan?
Sports News The
Bladder is a satirical look at Aussie sports. It really cracks me up and
could only have been written by Australians! Hey, it even includes the
elections as a sport!
Aussie Rules in
Rules Football has had an active presence in
DAFL The Danish Australian Football League is a hugely successful league where several Skåne based teams play. The Swedish based teams in the league are the highly successful Southern Saints (based in Helsingborg), Lund Magpies, Helsingborg West Raptors and Port Malmö.
Göteborg there is the Göteborg Beserkers, organised by Martin Språng. See their website at GARFC Anyone in Göteborg or the surrounding area is very welcome to contact Martin.
Borås, Thomas Bergkvist, a former player for Helsingborg Saints is attempting to get a team going. Anyone in the area who is interested can email Thomas.
Falun Cameron Crooks is an Aussie based in Falun (Dalarna) and he started up a fledgling Aussie Rules team in early 2007. He is looking for players, coaching and training staff, supporters – if you are interested, mail Cameron for details.
Värmland The Karlstad Dragons were launched by an enthusiastic group of guys in February 2007. Check out their website for the latest news, forum discussions and social events. They are keen to build up the player and supporter base, so pop along and give them your support.
I’m not aware of other Aussie football
clubs, though the expat club Southern Cross
Rugby in Sweden
I guess because of the Poms being so close the game is popular here (Not that the Poms can play, of course!) The official organisation here is Rugby.se with information in Swedish and English. Stockholm have a federation too (typical 08’s, hej) Below are a few clubs around the country...
Stockholm Exiles Rugby Union
has an Aussie organiser and a few Aussies playing there. Check out the Exiles webpage. They have men’s,
women’s and junior teams from aged 5 upwards. Getting associated with a club
like the Stockholm Exiles is a great way to meet Swedish people as well as
ex-pats; stay in shape; and make local friends and contacts. For more details
about training times, locations and general club information, please contact Philip. All welcome!
Rugby Gang is a
Enköping Rugby Club (S)
Frölunda Rugby Club (Göteborg)
Rugby Club (
Rugby (S) (
Lugi The university team in
Lund (S) (E)
Malmö Rugby Club (S) (E)
Vikings at Eckerö (S) (E)
Rugby Club (Trelleborg) (S)
Red Saints in
Rugby Club (S) (E)
Stockholm Exiles (E) (S)
Södertälje Rugby Club (S) (E)
Wexiö Rugby Club in Växjö (S)
Vänersborg Rugby Club (S) (E)
Örebro Rugby Club is another university club(S)
Surfing Yeah, I know “What
waves?” Well, I met a “surfie” in Västerås
who told me the best surfing beach was very close to my home in Nynäshamn – at Torö. I had a
look and ...well..hmm... But you judge for yourself
Surf. Other “good spots” are on the west coast. The main surfie site is Kallsuppen. Just click on the Aussie flag for the English
version. The site has weather and surf details, tips, webcams,
a shop, newsletter and a forum.
Athletics DN Galan
is part of the IAAF Grand Prix and is THE leading track and field event in
Cross Country Running The Lidingö-Loppet is the largest cross-country race in the
world, attracting some of the best runners of the world, both men and women. Up
to 12,000 participate in this tough 30km race.
Cross Country Skiing Vasaloppet is a
fantastic 90 km cross-country ski race held in the first weekend of March. It is probably the
most famous and popular sporting event in
Cycling The Post Girot Open is a six-stage event with a mixed
participation of amateur country teams and professional teams. This is
considered the “Tour de France”
Dragon Boat Racing is very
popular. There are clubs in Örebro, Stockholm. Göteborg,
Horse Riding Göteborg Horse Show is held in March. Has dressage,
show-jumping, horse-dance, horse-promenade and is really HUGE.
Long Distance Skating Göta kanalrännet The long-distance
skating race on the ice of
Orienteering The O-Ringen
An orienteering race, held in July. There are some
20,000 participants in these races, where a compass, a map, and a clock are the
main tools. It is a prestigious race, and is broadcast on national television.
Running The Stockholm
Marathon held in June, is basically a two-lap course through the central
Sailing The Gotland Runt,
a race from Sandhamn
(in the Stockholm Archipelago) around Gotland
and back is the highlight of the sailing year. It is the Sydney-Hobart of
Sweden. The other big race is on the west coast – Tjörn Runt
in beautiful Bohuslän. There is also the tough two-handed 600nm Östersjömaran.
And to see the “big boys” like Dennis Conner & co, the Swedish Match Race at Marstrand is a must.
Soccer The Gothia
Cup, held in Göteborg in July is the largest
junior tournament in the world, open for all FIFA associations.
Tennis The Stockholm Open and
other tennis links
FEDERATIONS IN SWEDEN
General Guide Nature,
Recreation and Sports (E)
American Football Förbundet (E) (S)
Archery Förbundet (S)
Athletics Förbundet (S)
Automobile Sports Bilsportförbundet (S)
Aviation Sports Flygsportförbundet (S)
Badminton Förbundet (S)
Bandy Svensk Bandy (S)
Baseball and Softball Förbundet (E) (S)
Basket (S) (E)
Boule or Petanque
Bowling 10-pin Svenska Bowlingförbundet (S) (E)
Boxing Förbundet (S)
Budo Svensk Budoförbundet (S)
Casting Förbundet (S)
Curling Förbundet (S)
Cycling Förbundet (S)
Dancesport Förbundet (S)
Floorball (Innebandy) A fast growing club
sport (S) (E)
Football (Soccer) Svenskfotboll (E) (E)
Frisbee at frisbeesport
Handball Somewhat of a Swedish
obsession. See handboll.se (A)
Handicapped Sports Svenska Handikappidrottsförbundet (S)
Ice Sailing Svenska Isseglarförbundet (S) (E)
Ice Skating Skate Sweden (figure skating)
International Rally Cars Swerally
Judo Sverige Judo
Karting Swedish Karting (S) (E)
Paddling (S) (E)
Minigolf Svenska Bangolf Förbundet (S) (E)
Motorcycling Svenska Motorcykel och snöskoterförbundet (S)
Olympic Committee Sverige (S)
Adventure sports links (S)
Powerboating SVERA (S) (E)
Power Lifting Svenska Styrkelyftförbundet (S)
Rowing Row Sweden (S) (E)
Sailing Svenska Seglarförbundet (S)
Skiing Skidor.com (S)
Skin diving Sportdykarförbundets (S)
Sled Dogs International Federation of Sled Dogs (E)
Sports Confederation Svenskidrott
Sport for All Svenska Motionsidrottsförbundet (S)
Sport Shooting SSF (S)
Squash Svenska Squash Förbundet (S)
Swimming Svenska Simförbundet (S)
Table Tennis Svenskbordförbundet (S)
Taekwando Swedish ITF Taekwan-do (S) (E)
Triathlon Förbundet (S)
Trotting Travsport (S)
University Sports Sveriges Akademiska Idrottsförbund (E) (S)
Volleyball Svenska Volleybollförbundet (S)
Water Skiing Svenska Vattenskidförbundet (S)
Weightlifting Svenska Tyngdlyftningsförbundet (S) (E)
Winter Sports see here (S)
Car Care and Driving
Emergencies and Medical Care
Useful to Know
Working Holidays in Sweden
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