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Internationals in Lund and southern Sweden

At the International Citizen Hub Lund we are happy to get in contact with people from all over the world. There are a number of internationals who have been living in Sweden for a while, and have made the journey you're about to embark on. These internationals represent several countries and do a fantastic job welcoming newcomers to southern Sweden. Get inspiration and guidance by reading their stories!

Stories by internationals

Jumping out of your comfort zone is crucial for integrating into a new culture. After the honeymoon phase of finding Swedish culture fascinating, cultural shock sets in. To navigate this, you need to accept and adapt to how things work in Sweden.

As I stand amidst the vibrant greenery of this bustling city, I can't help but marvel at the journey I've embarked on thus far. It's like I’m juggling multiple roles with finesse - a dedicated mother, a determined job seeker navigating through...

With my husband's constant support and my strong desire to seize every opportunity, I embarked on a profound journey of self-discovery and growth. It was during this pivotal moment that I stumbled upon yet another gem in Lund – the Social Hub.

Let me explain a little bit about "She told me a story" first. It's a welcoming meetup designed for women from the Malmö tech scene and beyond. We share stories and support one another, fostering connections that go deeper than 30-second elevator...

Networking played a crucial role in my journey, facilitating both personal and professional growth. By connecting with diverse communities and sharing my passion for dance, I not only expanded my social circle but also unlocked opportunities for...

Reflecting on this experience, I'd like to share some lessons learned and tips for fellow expats navigating the Swedish job market: 1) Prioritize Mental Health: Moving to a new country comes with its emotional challenges...

I came to the Job Search Safari event, and I immediately felt at home, welcomed and supported. The event itself was extremely useful, full of generously shared insider insights for job search. Almost 4 hours - and I wish I could write down every....

From that moment on, I realized that I had been doing it wrong on many levels so I decided to make a few drastic shifts in my mindset and attitude. Here are a few things I’d like to share with my fellow global citizens...

I describe it as a phase that is difficult to put in words. Just like any struggle in life, you get to question your self-worth, capabilities, and decision-making skills when things are not working out...

What helped me was imagining celebrating my 80th birthday in detail. What will I wear, who will sit by my side, where, and what will my speech be to life? I see myself as an active and trendy old lady who gives Art Mentorship and helps people...

For the third video from our series "My life in Sweden" we invited Carrie, to share a little bit of her HUGE talent in Stop-Motion videos and her amazing life experience in Sweden with our community. Don't miss her super-fun point of view!

Living in Sweden has afforded me the opportunity to explore, experiment, and expand my horizons in ways that I believe wouldn't have been possible in my home country. Culture has been my bridge to integration, the common thread that binds us all.

People from all over the world

  1. “Jumping out of your comfort zone is crucial for integrating into a new culture. After the honeymoon

  2. “As I stand amidst the vibrant greenery of this bustling city, I can't help but marvel at the

  3. “Let me explain a little bit about "She told me a story" first. It's a welcoming meetup designed for

  4. “With my husband's constant support and my strong desire to seize every opportunity, I embarked on a

  5. “Networking played a crucial role in my journey, facilitating both personal and professional growth.

  6. “Reflecting on this experience, I'd like to share some lessons learned and tips for fellow expats

  7. “I came to the Job Search Safari event, and I immediately felt at home, welcomed and supported. The

  8. “From that moment on, I realized that I had been doing it wrong on many levels so I decided to make

  9. “That phase in one’s journey can only be understood by those with similar experiences. I describe it

  10. "What helped me was imagining celebrating my 80th birthday in detail. What will I wear, who will sit

  11. For the third video from our series "My life in Sweden" we invited Carrie, to share a little bit of

  12. “Living in Sweden has afforded me the opportunity to explore, experiment, and expand my horizons in

  13. “I count myself fortunate to be enveloped in this artistic embrace, where creation isn't a lofty

  14. “Things were stable and we were planning a big wedding for 150 people. You’d think I’d put up a

  15. Until December 2023 International Citizen Hub will be sharing a monthly video, from our series ''My

  16. “…it came as a shock to me that my highly educated friends working as Engineers, Doctors and in

  17. Until December 2023 International Citizen Hub will be sharing a monthly video, from our series ''My

  18. “During my first drop-in I remember being surrounded by the Hub’s staff and other internationals

  19. “But in the face of adversity, I reminded myself why I had come here in the first place. It was to

  20. “When I started working in a Swedish company, I noticed some differences compared to Brazil, the

  21. “I got a job offer nine months after arriving in Sweden, still I could not have achieved it on my

  22. "Another highlight was a day trip to the island Ven. It’s a short ferry ride away from Landskrona,

  23. "So, I'm pretending that I'm an editor passing a note to a CEO somewhere, bored out of their minds

  24. "I started getting frustrated a lot. What am I doing wrong? Is it me? - I asked myself. At some

  25. "For me, it had also a bigger meaning: to support my fellow countrymen suffering from the war in

  26. "And I saw a large number of men and women from different parts of the world, excellent

  27. "Much like my own relocation to Sweden, the Entrepreneurship Journey is never straight forward and

  28. "The Swedish concept of "lagom" is a standard that embodies comfort and balance. From work-life

  29. "What was special while coaching, was that I shared with some all the feelings of disappointment,

  30. "I offered my work in order to return what was given to me and to contribute as an active member of

  31. “I believe that the whole Universe is a manifestation of energy and all changes in the universe are

  32. "Meanwhile, I was also juggling all sorts of other perplexing life tasks. Swedes generously offered

  33. "It is one thing to move away from your home country for the first time and live in many ways in a

  34. "It was cold and windy, and both streets and sky seemed fused with the same gray filter. But I was

  35. "The transition to my new Scandinavian home proved challenging. I searched for something that would

  36. "It had been a Jobbsprånget session! I was ecstatic, hoping that this opportunity would help me

  37. "I have been wondering when I would get to a point where deciphering a foreign world would not

  38. "Your willingness to participate is key, whether be it at networking events, job fairs, hobbies – be

  39. Denna sida är äldre än 12 månader och är kanske inte längre aktuell. "At a surface level, a Fika is

  40. "I met so many fellow expats with rich experiences and multiple solutions for mitigating problems

  41. "I do not change myself any single day just to fit in my working environment. Instead, being myself

  42. "I have started exploring different things and hobbies and capturing all the little moments for

  43. "In October 2020 I decided to stop looking for jobs and work fully on my idea to establish my own

  44. " I love Swedish weather and enjoy the rains and dark days. The cold breeze with sometimes foggy

  45. "In Sweden, you will often find that information is out there. There will undoubtedly always be a

  46. " I finally realised how valuable my previous work experiences are: I have lived and worked in three

  47. "Ultimately it was my social and professional network that helped me get my foot in the door to

  48. "Out of all the excitement I felt, there was one thing that worried me the most: being unemployed.

  49. Denna sida är äldre än 12 månader och är kanske inte längre aktuell. "Each story is unique, and,

  50. Denna sida är äldre än 12 månader och är kanske inte längre aktuell. "The key to survival in a new

  51. Denna sida är äldre än 12 månader och är kanske inte längre aktuell. "Therefore, I would like to

  52. " You might ask how did I know if I was doing the right thing or not? How do I know if I am moving

  53. "One of the best things I gained from the program was the network of friends. A group of fellow

  54. "Moving to a distant country involves many emotions. It's a mixture of feelings, I feel curious

  55. "All in all, I think Sweden is a country that is really trying to helps immigrants integrate into

  56. "The following years brought different feelings to the surface and I started to develop this

  57. "So, returning to the point, If I could give a tip, I would say: I am not the first one having these

  58. "Be an open-minded person to take advice from the professional and experienced people. Keep updating

  59. "While my partner took the next step in her career, I took a year off. A sabbatical. A planned break

  60. All I needed was just 1% of their trust and I’m fully prepared to earn the remaining 99% to show my

  61. "I realized the things I should and should not have included in my applications and how my CV

  62. "How was the job hunting? Well, I won’t lie, it has been blood, sweat and tears. So many times, I

  63. "My other advice is to never be afraid of starting over again, be persistent. You are never too old

  64. "When setting up my new business in Sweden, I was astonished by the support provided by various

  65. "While starting the mentorship program I received a message from my former employer in The

  66. "As a non-Swedish speaking resident, I realized that I have very limited access to Swedish history

  67. "As the interview was being done online, why not use this technology in my favor? So, I decided to

  68. "The passion of the entrepreneurs amazes me, and I believe this passion is what we need when we are

  69. "Having an updated and well-tailored LinkedIn profile is super important in Sweden to portray your

  70. "Knowledge is power, and as a newbie you can end up feeling very powerless. The great thing is that

  71. “Moving to a new country is not a fairytale. Moving to a new country is a lot of hard work. And

  72. "Job hunting in another country is the storm I am facing. Going through it will make me stronger and

  73. "Networking in Sweden is Godsend especially in your job search. Yes, sounds bizarre but true in

  74. “International Citizen Hub Lund is not just a place providing sessions for the job hunter but also a

  75. "Not a surprise – you will meet new people! I can honestly say that people here are nice, welcoming,

  76. "I also found out about the Kick-Start Program, which came highly recommended by one of the alumnus

  77. "With the advice and guidance of the staff of International Citizen Hub Lund, I managed to join

  78. "My philosophy is that introducing fresh perspective and new techniques allow you to grow and thrive

  79. "Every step I have taken on my journey has led to something in the end - I am convinced of that. You

  80. "Don’t expect anything to happen quickly. This goes for everything from enrolling children for after

  81. "Many times I have been insecure about my chances into the Swedish job market. However, in all the

  82. "My demanding studies during the two years in Lund passed by quickly. I applied for jobs in my field

  83. "I came to know about public employment service “Arbetsförmedlingen”. There I found an interesting

  84. "The year 2020 brought us one more thing to deal with, covid19…and everything switched to virtual

  85. "All of these activities helped me in some way. I would even credit that they brought back my joy

  86. "In Sweden, you are seldom out of options unless you give up yourself. What I learnt over these

  87. "I have also ‘found my voice’ during this time, and started writing about what I do and why and also

  88. "Important note! You need to stay yourself and not to lose your authentic personality. I often hear

  89. " I quickly found out that your previous experience doesn’t really matter, nor it matters if you are

  90. "It sounds unbelievable: only a year before I was in their same situation, sitting on those chairs,

  91. "Living abroad inspires me to do things I always wanted to do but did not have the time or

  92. "As for any other society Sweden too has definitely its do's and don'ts and one does not have to go

  93. "One sentence in one of these sessions stuck with me, 'A lot of you expats have a lot of skills that

  94. "Don't waste your energy trying to explain why your home country is more appropriate in some aspects

  95. "Lund is actually a city of opportunities, offering a lot for learning and development, especially

  96. Denna artikel är äldre än 12 månader och är kanske inte längre aktuell. "After few weeks of being

  97. "Office environments here tend to be a lot more informal than my previous jobs. It is likely that

  98. "Take the time to read up on cultural etiquette and you’ll make the transition from tourist to local

  99. "Getting accustomed to a new culture, new habits, new traditions is indeed challenging but at the

  100. "I read about the International Citizen Hub Lund when I was still in Barcelona, and I went there the

  101. “So here is my first advice to the newcomers that plan a long stay here — if you have the option to

  102. "Another important aspect for me to settle down is to be able to bring positive energy to my

  103. Integration in Sweden: how to do it faster than in ten years "I watch, listen to and analyze myself

  104. "Despite all good things about the country it was very tough for me to leave my identity behind and

  105. "I would say it's still difficult getting used to my new life, and it's going to take more time for

  106. "In my case the breaking point was when I understood the meaning of the most important advise I’ve

  107. "I think newcomers who are creatives face additional challenges compared to those who have careers

  108. "I lived in 6 countries. My strategy was always: 1. Join relevant local member organisation to

  109. "One of the most rewarding experiences I’ve faced around here was getting to know the International

  110. " the ceramic studio became Ateljé Råbygård and grew from my hobby studio into a course center and

  111. “I was lucky to join the Kick-Start Program, I think that was a life changing moment for me. It’s

  112. "International Citizen Hub Lund has opened up not just one, but many doors of opportunities for me.

  113. "We chose a house out in the countryside with 30 minutes’ driving time for my husband to get to work

  114. " all the partners are connected: International Citizen Hub Lund will lead you towards Malmö

  115. "Participating in the Kick-Start Program was a stepping-stone towards a career development and

  116. "Upon arrival we had the normal challenges of opening bank accounts and applying for the all so

  117. "Here you get a warm smile and support on all different levels of life! The International Citizen

  118. "What I think was a big advantage of this program was great guest speakers. We met experienced

  119. "What I want to say with this is: Do not be shy to mingle with people. Attend the events at