Newcomer Diaries: Meet three people making their lives in Sweden
Last year, over 160,000 people moved to Sweden from all over the world. This summer, Radio Sweden is following the journeys of three new arrivals as they adjust to life in a new country.
Over the coming weeks, keep up with these newcomers who are all at different stages of settling into their new lives in Sweden.
This week we get to know a little bit about each of them and why they chose Sweden.
Naga Jyothi is an IT worker from India, who arrived just a few weeks ago.
“When I arrived here, I noticed the cool breezes over me. I feel very happy that even though it is summer, it is cool here. It is like winters over there in India,” she said.
Jyothi has already noticed a lot of differences between Sweden and India including working hours and the social independence of Swedes.
Weronika Sikorska is a pianist and coder. She moved to Sweden from Poland in May.
“I believe this is a nice place to live because of the nature,” she said about Sweden. “Also, it is considered a feminist country so I believe I can fit in this country quite well since I am a feminist.”
The level of gender equality is one of the biggest reasons Weronika chose to come to Sweden.
Randy Khoo PengWeng, a restaurant worker from Malaysia, is still packing his bags for the big move to Stockholm.
“The reason I chose Sweden was because when I was younger, my dad would take me to the Ikea restaurant and we would have a Swedish meal. At that time, I was so inspired by the high quality of life people have in Sweden,” he said.
Randy plans to work at a Chinese buffet restaurant and hopes to become a Swedish citizen in the future.
Listen to Newcomer Diaries on the Radio Sweden Weekly podcast, radiosweden.org, or on the radio to keep up with Jyothi, Weronika, and Randy this summer.