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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 with us from the start 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 written by internationals

“I believe that the whole Universe is a manifestation of energy and all changes in the universe are maintained by the flow of energy through giving and receiving. If you have set a goal and you are consistent with your efforts, sincere to the...

"Meanwhile, I was also juggling all sorts of other perplexing life tasks. Swedes generously offered to help, but I quickly realized that this wasn’t the role I wanted them to play in my life. I wanted them to be my friends — not language translators

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It is one thing to move away from your home country for the first time and live in many ways in a society that operates so differently from what you know and have grown up with. But to my surprise the real identity crisis came when my curiosity led to a career change.

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The transition to my new Scandinavian home proved challenging. I searched for something that would bring me joy and reflect the vibrant colors, sounds, and aromas of my childhood home. That is something I hold dear in my heart. Makeup!

It was cold and windy, and both streets and sky seemed fused with the same gray filter. But I was on my new life adventure, so I just put on my pink glasses and decided I was going to love this country and succeed here.

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I have been wondering when I would get to a point where deciphering a foreign world would not occupy my brain every single day. The sheer amount of assimilation we have to do, new clothing, new vegetation, new birdsong, new colour palettes, new groceries, new shop names, cycling/driving on a new side of the road…"

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Your willingness to participate is key, whether be it at networking events, job fairs, hobbies – be available to explore, build contacts and keep on trying. Networking in Sweden is highly valued, it may not necessarily help you land a job immediately, but one way or other, it opens many doors for you, and you never know, soon it might be your day!

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At a surface level, a Fika is just a coffee break with a cinnamon bun. But after a while in Sweden, I realized Fika is not just a buzzword for tourists. The Swedes take it very seriously and have several Fika breaks per day.

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I met so many fellow expats with rich experiences and multiple solutions for mitigating problems via the large alumni network at International Citizen Hub Lund.

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Do not change just because of a new country or new environment, you have to be yourself. You can always improve yourself, but just do not change who you are.

I have started exploring different things and hobbies and capturing all the little moments for memories. I started a Youtube channel to share all the information on our life abroad.

It had been a Jobbsprånget session! I was ecstatic, hoping that this opportunity would help me break into the Swedish labour market.

People from all over the world

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  9. "At a surface level, a Fika is just a coffee break with a cinnamon bun. But after a while in Sweden,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  19. "Each story is unique, and, frankly, mine is far from perfect. It has ups and downs, local

  20. "The key to survival in a new country is “POSITIVITY”… It is all a matter of perspective and how you

  21. "Therefore, I would like to give a word of advice to organisations, and HR managers. Give everyone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  66. "After few weeks of being regular at International Citizen Hub Lund, I was able to understand

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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