Six weeks' holiday : true stories about the myths and realities of working in Sweden
Have you ever dreamt of re-starting your career in Sweden?
Nordic countries often rank high - if not the highest - in international surveys on happiness and quality of life. As a professional, you can expect a healthy work-life balance, gender equality, flat hierarchies, and access to an efficiently run welfare state. A high proficiency in English and technology has fostered innovation hubs and a buzzing start-up scene, attracting international talent.
But what is the reality? Often overlooked are the personal journeys behind such relocations. There is, of course, the discovery of a new culture, coupled with expectation, hope, disappointment and wonder. More profoundly, there is the encounter with ourselves, exposed in the light of the new culture. Outside our comfort zones, we are more vulnerable and aware of our own personal shortcomings, values and aspirations.
In Six weeks’ holiday, 17 international professionals share their experiences of exploring the myths and realities of Swedish culture and working culture, alongside the universal question of being human - as one among many. Curated and edited by Sofi Tegsveden Deveaux, the co-author of Working in Sweden - The A-Z Guide.
Featuring: Joshua Bookman, Catherine Derieux, Kateřina Duchoňová, Nausherwan Ghaffar, Marco Guadarrama, Clarissa Hirst, Jill Leckie, Franziska Müller, Veronika Opatřilová, Raman Ramalingam, Morag Ramsey, Werner Renck, Adriana Salazar, Maddy Savage, Olga Talalay, Federica Viero, Angeliki Vlachou