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Photos of What's Inside Swedish Students' Fridges

Do students in Sweden still live on noodles and oats? Or are they all into wheatgrass and colloidal silver now?
22.4.16

Anyone who has ever been a student knows the struggle of prioritising. Is having a night out with your mates worth the scurvy induced by eating noodles for the rest of the month? Or is it just us, and do Swedish students have no trouble at all keeping up a diet that is not just tomatoes and kebabs?

To answer that question, we decided to nose around in some students' refrigerators.

Filip Brun, 21, paleontology student at Uppsala University

How much money do you spend on food per week?
I really don't know. €20 maybe. Is that a lot? Or is it too little maybe?

Do you spend more money on alcohol than on food?
Haha yeah. Probably. It's embarrassing. I guess I spend more on alcohol, but could you write that it's only once in awhile, in case my mother reads this?

What does the kitchen usually look like?
Messy. Both me and my roomie are tragically lazy. I usually do his dishes when I'm about to cook, and then he does the same for me. Not the most elaborate of ideas. It would be easier to just wash our own dishes I guess.

Sabina Rimfors, 26, toxicology student at Karolinska Institutet

How much money do you spend on food per week?
Gosh. It depends. Some weeks I spend like €10, other weeks it's €60. It depends on how much I've been dining out that week. Some weeks I don't even buy food cause the cash flow is low, and those weeks I live off of beans and canned tomatoes.

What is the usual state of your kitchen?
I would say it's pretty tidy. I usually try to do the dishes immediately after dinner. But I mean, of course there are times when there are dishes in the sink. But I'm a bit of a neat freak I think.

What do you cook when you're strapped for cash?
Either it's rice with soy, or it's beans in canned tomatoes. The beans and tomato thing could be classfied as a very laid-back soup!

What's your signature dish if you invite someone over?
Well, right now I'm making vegetarian lasagna. But otherwise I usually make a wok, it's a go-to if I'm not sure what I should make. I usually mix rice noodles, mushrooms, broccoli, carrots, the usual you know. Kind of Pad-thai I guess.

Adam Warhester, 23, music and event management student at Campus Nyköping

Do you spend more money on alcohol than food?
Haha, let's just say I prioritize alcohol. I think I spend €100-200 per month on alcohol. So €50 per week maybe.

What does the kitchen usually look like?
I keep things in order thanks to the washing machine. It would've been chaos without it.

What's your signature dish if you invite someone over?
Ratatouille! It may be a slow dish to cook, but it's cheap. And you only need vegetables.

Sarah McCarrick, 25, toxicology student at Karolinska Institutet

How much money do you spend on food per week?
I don't know. Like, €20 maybe? Between €80-100 per month. What do you cook when you're strapped for cash?
Lentil soup. Or bean stew. Are you a good cook and what do you cook if you invite someone over?
Well, I'm not a bad cook. I guess I'm pretty ok. I usually make roasted root vegetables with lentil patties.

André Nilsson, 27, economics student at Stockholm School of Economics

How much money do you spend on food per week?
€40-60 I would say. Including dining out. But excluding alcohol. Do you spend more money on alcohol than food?
I spend more on food I think. Or I mean, I think there are certain weeks that I spend more on alcohol. But long-term I think food wins.

What do you cook when you're strapped for cash?
Anything with potatoes and leeks. I make a mean potato-leek soup. I think that's the meal I make most often. And I mean you almost always have potatoes at home. You only need potatoes and leeks to make it. Obviously, it's better if you add some creme fraiche, but you don't have to.

What's your signature dish if you invite someone over?
I'm pretty boring I think. But I like tapas, or food where everybody can bring one ingredient and we all make a meal together. Like a club sandwich or tacos.

Additional reporting by Johannes Räihä.