So while I was out of Sweden, it turns out that my work and residence permits for Sweden expired, which means that technically, I was not supposed to be back into the country. However, no one in Sweden told me about this and the paperwork required until after I was already at home in the US. So there was a risk that if I had flown back to Sweden and the customs person did not let me in, that I would have been put back on a plane and forced to fly back to the US. And to make matters worse, I would have had to wait 3 months until I was allowed to come back to Sweden. Obviously, I would have had a horrible time trying to do work in the Nordics when I wasn'tallowed into Sweden.
So there was two choices. The first choice, and the proper choice, was temporarily move to Denmark and live there until the application process was sorted out. The second choice, and the less proper choice, was to find an alternate route into Sweden.
So, now that I am back in Sweden, it turns out that the application for the extension that I filed was received and approved this past Friday, even though they told me it would take 2 months to approve the paperwork. All of this worry and waiting appeared to be for nothing, as all it took was a few calls from a few well-placed people to make things OK.
Oh well, and I so enjoyed being an illegal migrant here ;-)