It’s the last week before the lectures start, and it’s full of events.

On Tuesday I have been to Vaxholm in the archipelago. Here are some panoramas of that day:

Waiting for the boat in Stockholm

While we (Elena, Christina and me) were waiting for the boat to Vaxholm. In the background is the royal palace.

Vaxholm Castle

The Vaxholm Castle

Vaxholm Harbour

The harbour of Vaxholm

Vaxholm turned out to be a small and lovely town, but very tourist oriented. Probably a lot of shops will close within the next weeks as the tourists go and winter comes.

Well, It’s time for breakfast. My schedule today: drive my flat mates to IKEA, go to the welcome address at KTH and go to the party tonight in Lappis, which is the biggest student dormitory here in Stockholm. So it’s very likely that it is going to be a big party.

Breakfast is the time for reading the newspaper. So here is what I found first in Metro on Tuesday and later on Dagens Nyheter’s homepage:

Deposition för utländska studenter

Migrationsverket föreslår att utländska medborgare som ska studera i Sverige ska tvingas deponera pengar i en svensk bank.

En utredning från verket visar att drygt var fjärde beviljat uppehållstillstånd för studier inte leder till några studier.

[…] Av 6.000 kontrollerade personer som beviljats uppehållstillstånd 2003 och 2004 var det 27 procent som aldrig registrerade sig för några studier vid universitet eller högskola.
[…]

Utredningen föreslår regeringen bland annat att de som ska studera i Sverige ska tvingas deponera pengar i en svensk bank under hela studietiden. Ett annat förslag är att studenten först ska få en kortare visering, och uppehållstillstånd först när han/hon rest in i Sverige och registrerat sig vid universitet eller högskolan.

Roughly translated:

Deposit for foreign students

The immigration office has proposed that foreign citizens who will study in Sweden should be forced to deposit money in a Swedish bank.

The study of the immigration office shows that every fourth residence permit for students haven’t lead to any studies.

[…] 27 per cent of 6,000 controlled persons who received a residence permit in 2003 or 2004 never registered for any studies at university or college.
[…]

The study proposes to the government nothing else than that those who will study in Sweden should forced to deposit money in a Swedish bank during there studies. Another proposal is that students should get a temporary visa first. The residence permit will only be given out after the student has registered at a university.

Maybe one reason why visa takes so long for some students.