Shirin Dan

Shirin Dan

21 Aug, 2018
Age: 29
Status: permanent resident

Why did you move to Sweden?

I moved to Sweden to continue my education at Lund University. I did my masters at Lund University.

When did you move to Sweden?

I moved to Sweden in 2014.

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

I wish I could have known how much speaking Swedish is important and I could have started from the first day I arrived to Sweden (or even before that). I think it is very important to speak Swedish in Sweden. It is easier to communicate and find a job. Unfortunately, I have started to learn that in 2016, which I could have started sooner.

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

Sweden has very healthy work environment. People can improve themselves without any obstacles if they want. If you want to learn something new, they provide the conditions for you and they usually admire your efforts. They are working with latest technologies and they try to update their systems and environments with latest technologies. My colleagues are also very helpful and they really believe in team-work. Swedish people appreciate more team-work improvements over individual improvements.

What’s your favorite part about living in Sweden?

My favorite part in Sweden is its healthy work environment and I like its peace and calm life style.

What do you struggle with the most in Sweden?

I think finding an accommodation to rent in Sweden was very difficult for me - I have moved seven times in four years. It became very tiresome at the end. Finding a job was little bit difficult also. It took two months for me to find that since on that time I could not speak Swedish frequently and I had less chance and options than Swedish people.

What’s the biggest misconception you’ve come across about Sweden and/or Swedes?

Swedes usually do not talk in negative ways so when they say, in interviews,that they are interested in you, it does not mean that they are really interested in you. Sometimes it means that they are pretending and you should not be hopeful about taking that job. But it my home country people are more straight forward in giving their opinions.

Can you speak Swedish? If so, how did you learn? How often do you get to speak Swedish?

Yes, now I can speak Swedish, I went to Komvux classes. I have finished SFI (Swedish for immigrants) and Grundläggande (next level after SFI) and now I am studying Gymmnasiet one. I also read many children books to improve my Swedish and now I am continuing my reading with adults’ books.

Learning Swedish
Written by Nicola Owen