International Mother Language Day 2011
Bangladeshi Cultural Day, November 2010
Swedish Language and Culture
As a part of folkbildning in Sweden BSU for the first time in Sweden has arranged workshop to help the Bangladeshis for learning Swedish Language and Swedish Culture. This has provided them a platform to cope themselves up in Swedish Society during their stay in Sweden. All the members hav shown extensive interests to continue with the workshop.
Eid-ul-Fitr, September 2010
At the end of the holy month of Ramadan comes Eid. And BSU had the opprtunity to reunite the Bangladeshis living in Umeå during this time. Though on a short notice, but everyone was called to Pedagoggränd 3E lokal where we all spend a very wonderful Eid evening. Among the cultural activities was music and ofcourse tradional Bangladeshi food and dessert.
Iftar Party, August 2010
An iftar party (during the month of Ramadan) for BSU members were ogranized on 26th August 2010 at Historigränd Lokal, Ålidhem, Umeå. All new Bangladeshi students were invited in the party and it was a good opportunity to introduce them BSU and talk about the objectives of the organization. As usual, tradional Bangladeshi Iftar was served when the sun went down and later the program was concluded with a dinner. Most of the newcommers showed interest to join BSU and later they discussed about the the development and upcoming activities of BSU.
BSU trips to Holmön, July 2010
Bangladeshi Society in Umeå made a trip to Holmön Island on 10th July 2010. We reached Norrfjärdens by Car at 9 am. from there we took the ferry to the Island. The 45 mins of ferry journey was very pleasureful to all the members. After reaching the island we found a very nice place to set up our temporary camp, just beside the shore. The first thing we did then is having breakfast. After wondering around a while we went off for hiking in the forest. A destination-less walk in the forest was a nice experience for all the members, despite of the mosquito bites. We returned to our camp when the sport secretary called for a football match. After the game few members of BSU were brave enough to take bath in the cold Baltic water. Soon enough we learned that the stomach demands something and we sat down for a heavy Traditional Bangladeshi lunch. After the lunch it was time for photo session and Bengali Music arranged by the cultural secretary. The clock ticked 4 and it was time to return to the harbor to catch the ferry way back to Umeå. The day was wonderful and tiresome.
BSU Activities Summery, July 2010
First General Meeting, 4th July 2010
BSU had its first general meeting on 4th July 2010 at Pedagoggränd 3E Lokal. An introduction of BSU was presented to all the members in the meeting along with outilines on its mission, vision and purpose. The members introduced each other and shared their thoughts and opinions regarding the venture. A breif discussion was followed on the future activities of BSU and responsiblities were assigned to different members. The meeting ended with traditional Bengali lunch and Music.
BSU Excursion, June 2010
Grill Fest at Ålidhem, May 2010
New Bangladeshi Students in Umea
City of Umea
Umea is one of Sweden's fastest growing cities. The average age of the 112 000 people who live in Umea is 38. They intend to increase their numbers — the goal is to pass the 200 000 figure before 2050.
The city offers world-class art, drama, films, industries, music and research. It aims to attract more companies, break new construction records and, not least become the European Capital of Culture 2014.
Umea University was founded in 1965 and is Sweden's fifth oldest university. Today, we have a strong international and multicultural presence with students, teachers and researchers from all over the world. Our main campus - with its 33,500 students and over 4,000 employees - is alive with enthusiasm, creativity and fresh ideas
Source - Umea University Webpage, more on www.umu.se,
Frequently asked Question (FAQ for New Bangladeshi Students)
At the Arlanda Airport
1. Buy a Tele2 Comviq SIM card from a 7/11. The SIM may cost 75 SEK.
2. Buy a 100 SEK Comviq card to refill your SIM if you want to call to Bangladesh. If you do not wish to call to Bangladesh, you may buy the 75 SEK card instead.
Things to do upon arrival in Umeå, Sweden
1. Register at skateverket (tax office)
2. Pay the student union fees at your student union
3. Pay SEK 30 at student services office to recieve your access card
4. Register at UMDAC for you computer access
5. Register at university library for a library card
Upon recieving your Personnummer from Skatteverket
1. Open a bank account
2. Register at PREI for group work and a little extra income
3. (Optional) Apply for a Kundkort (customer card) from ICA (it is free and you will recieve special prices as a member)
4. (Optional) Pay a deposit of SEK 100 for a customer card of Coop
5. (Optional) Register at Umeå city library for a library card
Courtesy of Khan R Salam
Welcome to BSU
Welcome to Bangladeshi Society in Umea (BSU). Bangladeshi Society in Umea (BSU) is a nonprofit organization registered with Umea Kommun, Sweden (Umea municipality) aims to introduce the enriched Bangladeshi culture to Swedish Society and promote the communication among the Bangladeshis living in Umea. BSU is the First Registered Bangladeshi Organisation in Västerbotten region established in the mid of this year (2010) with the following goals.
1. Establish an Official Bangladeshi Society in the city of Umea.
2. Introducing Bangladeshi Culture in Sweden.
3. Helping out the newcommers with information and support.
4. Various other activities (entertaining, educational, excursion) within the organisation.
5. Extending the hand of cooperation in major humanitarian disasters in Bangladesh.
6. Promote our heritage for the new generations of Bangladeshi children and young people living in Västerbotten region.
Please note that, this organisation is not targeted for Bangladeshis rather we welcome people from all other nations to join us.
Phone - +46737607864
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org