Wednesday, March 14, 2012

WEEKS


Did you know that we are currently in week 11? (I had to look that up, by the way.)
In Sweden, if you call the dentist for an appointment or talk to a friend about an upcoming holiday, chances are that they will ask you something like this: "Could you come week 14? The dentist has an opening that week;" or "We'll be in Italy, weeks 24 and 25." Swedes use the week of the year to mark time. I have been living in Sweden for eons now and still, the only weeks I am confident in naming are: week 1 and week 52.
I suppose it's really practical, if you are raised with this; but, this is just absolutely
not a part of my make up. I have a hard time getting this concept to stick. Have you heard about this before? Are there any other countries in the world that use the weeks for planning?

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18 comments:

  1. I've never heard of this, but I think I like it! I tend to get to week 52 and say "where has the year gone!"...but with having to consciously keep up with time this way, perhaps it would bring more attention to the fleeting nature of time and cause us to value it more? Just a thought...thanks for the culture lesson!

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    1. Thank you for your comment. That's a very interesting point.

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  2. I haven't thought of the year in weeks, don't know anyone who does...I can't seem to get the days of the week right let alone know what week we are in...lol

    I bet it does help on knowing what's going on though...

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    1. I appreciate that you took the time to respond. I do admire the clarity of it. I am just so curious if there are other countries that use this system, too; other Scandinavian countries, perhaps?

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  3. I agree it takes some getting used to, but I'm actually quite fond of the system now, gives me clarity when I'm planning. Unfortunately I don't think iPhone calendars think in weeks, so it adds to the confusion for my Swedish husband who can no longer think in weeks, even though I do! Other weeks to remember by heart if you have kids in Stockholm: Week 9 (Winter Break) and Week 44 (Fall Break)!

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to share. This is a very good point and is giving me an "aha" moment. I like my Iphone/Icalendar too much to give it up but, since it doesn't have the weeks, my integration of these has gone stale. I was much more attuned to the weeks when I was using my paper, Swedish, agenda that was marked with them. Also -- this was a confidence booster: your post makes me realize that I can now identify 4 weeks! Lastly, I agree with you about the clarity. Come on, Apple!

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  4. This is so interesting! Id like to live by the weeks :) and I'm really surprised that there isn't an iPhone app to keep track of those weeks. I live in Toronto, and our subway/ transit transfers have the day of the year on it. I am often amused when it is day 222, or Day 100, but that's just a curiosity ( they have the day numbers so we don't cheat)

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    1. Thanks for sharing. It is surprising that we don't have an app in Sweden. It's such a tech savvy country and as I wrote, this is completely integrated.

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  5. i haven't heard of this before but my husband has. he lived in italy/germany for a period of time before we met and has colleagues in Europe who talk this way.

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    1. Thank you. I wonder if it's used in Germany -- maybe it's a northern European idea.

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  6. Strangly enough my husbands company keeps time in weeks and he is forever saying things like "I work out of town for week 24" Or "my holidays are weeks 28 and 40". I stare blankly at him until he provides me with a month and day :) I thought it was a business thing... Thanks so much for the peek into a far away land.

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    1. I'm glad that you could have an ah ha moment, too. Yes, I had never heard of it before living here.

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  7. I've not heard of this here in the U.S., and I think it could confuse me terribly for awhile.
    I would have to have my calendar with me all of the time to count the weeks!!

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    1. Yes, buying a Swedish calendar is the only way. I still find myself counting and re-counting.

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  8. Agh... I hate the weeks thing. My husband works in weeks and I always have to remind him that I don't work for länsstyrelsen and therefore have no idea when week X is. But I think once we have kids in school we will be into the weeks?

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    1. I'm so happy to see you here! Yes, I think school and activities helped. It was quite easy to ignore up until recently. Now, with kids schedules and activities, I'm appreciating it, but know that I'll never have it imprinted and find when people are presumptuous the "weeks as dates" that I find it a little rattling. I feel myself thinking, I'm trying, I'm trying - learning the extra Swedish vowels was work enough!

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  9. Ah, I *love* the week-numbers, and your blog! ;) In Norway we also work by weeks, and my iCal drives me crazy because of the non-existent numbers of the week. Also; why do the week start on Sunday?

    Those who have children might be used to counting the weeks of their pregnancy as well? 40 weeks, at least that how we count it in Norway, I know the French count it differently. It is funny to see how things we think are the same all over, really isn't.

    Have a nice week 38! ;)
    Tina =)

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  10. Thank you! It really is a matter of habit and the culture you grow up with, isn't it?! I agree. If the ical were to add the weeks, it would seriously change my world, too!

    I was having one of those: "is anyone out there" days and your comments have really made my day. Thank you for coming by! I hope to meet you here again!

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Thank you!