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.