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Alireza Nami next to a whiteboard that has been cleaned from any secrets. Credit: Ulla Engberg/Sveriges Radio
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Alireza Nami is working with a team that is trying to develop new ways of using renewable energies. Credit: Ulla Engberg/Sveriges Radio
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Testing the inventions to make improvements. Credit: Ulla Engberg/Sveriges Radio
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People of 50 nationalities work at ABB in Västerås. Credit: Ulla Engberg/Sveriges Radio

Alireza Nami found his dream job in Västerås

3:26 min

The city of Västerås has a long history of bringing in workers from abroad to help with industry and innovation. One of those arriving in more recent years is Alireza Nami, who works in ABB's corporate research facility.

Originally from Iran, electrical engineer Alireza Nami was in Japan when he applied for a job with the Swedish-Swiss power and technology company. He first came to Sweden seven years ago this November, a quite miserable time of the year to arrive, but the job soon had him hooked.

"Moving to a different country is difficult, I had experienced that before, but I got very good support from the company when I moved here," he says.

There are more than 50 nationalities working at ABB in Västerås, and the official working language is English.

Radio Sweden's weekly podcast broadcast Thursday, 9 November, is recorded in Västerås, focusing on how people from abroad have been attracted to work in the city.

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