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Martha Winata

Martha Winata

2 Sep, 2017
Australia
Age: 31
Status: on initial work permit

Why did you move to Sweden?

I moved to Sweden for a job opportunity.

When did you move to Sweden?

May 2013

What do you wish you knew about Sweden, when you first moved here?

How the immigration process works, and how long it takes and subsequently, how much frustration entails.

How would you compare the Swedish work culture to your home country’s work culture?

Swedish work culture is a little slower than Australia. Where I worked, there seemed to me much more hesitation in making decisions and over-reliance on meetings. In general, though, people are friendly, easy to get along with and quite accepting of foreign IT workers.

What’s your favourite part about living in Sweden?

How easy it is to get by here. I don’t speak much Swedish, and it has not been a problem.

What do you struggle with the most in Sweden?

Not much, just figuring out how to get through the bureaucracy of Migrationsverket.

How did you find your job in Sweden and did you find it difficult compared to your home country? If so, how?

I got a job from someone I used to work for in Sydney, and I secured the job from Australia. I haven’t really tried to find a job in Sweden, but without the connection, I would think it will be harder to find a job here in Sweden compared to Australia.

What advice would you give to someone, who is in their first year working in Sweden?

Make sure you follow all the rules on all matter related to immigration. Check and recheck if you’ve ticked all the boxes. In general, if you don’t follow the main rules in Sweden, the people dealing with you have very little idea on how to handle your case and will make mistakes, etc. It also means it will take longer to get what you want.

How did you familiarise yourself with things like taxes, opening a bank account, paying bills etc. when you moved to Sweden?

I was living with a Swedish couple for the first two years, so it was easy to ask them for things.

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