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Welcome! This podcast is a space for the international community in Finland to share their unique stories of how they ended up here and how they are "mastering" the Finnish way of life. We invite you to join this community for practical information, laughs, relatable stories of struggles and victories as expats and much more!
 
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In this episode, Petra talks to Ronny Eriksson, a 25-year-old serial entrepreneur and storyteller based in Helsinki, co-founder of the "Norders", a creative agency and community, host of the "New Nordic Wave of Change" podcast, as well as part of the "ReformMigri" team. Ronny focuses on helping companies and individuals, like international students…
 
Reform Migri petition’s goal is to improve Migri's system and service procedures, which has caused a lot of difficulties, stress, and pain. In this episode, Petra talks to Julia, the initiator of the petition and Anuka, a nurse in Finland facing a deportation decision despite fully following the law. We talked about why Julia started this petition …
 
In this week’s episode, Matt hosts Kätälyst, a multinational rock band based in Espoo. Each of the band’s five members came to Finland independently for education. Although they met online and at Aalto University during their studies in 2010, they did not form the band until 2017. The band gets its name from an earlier group that its founding membe…
 
In this episode you will get to meet Early Artis, a teacher and a father living in Finland. He has been all over the world teaching and helping others to learn and integrate into new cultures. He is a member of the Expat Dads in Finland Facebook community and the Fathers in Finland community of Familia ry. Early and Matt discuss the challenges of r…
 
In this episode Petra talks to Folashade, who shares the story of her family and her daughter with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in Finland. Folashade shares all about the complicated process of getting a diagnosis in Finland, about social services available for children and families with ASD, the process of accepting your child's disability, and…
 
In this episode, Jean and Petra meet for the last time to talk about their mastering Finland journey. They reflect on their podcast, their personal lives, Finnish bureaucracy, and towards the end, Jean also shares her secret identity with you. Come and join us in this episode full of laughter and great atmosphere.…
 
Matt speaks with Licia Prehn, who works in the gaming industry, as a producer, voice actor, and writer in Finland. They are also a board member of We in Games, a podcaster, a radio DJ, and one of the leading accessibility advocates in Finland. Licia moved to Finland about 10 years ago from Pennsylvania for love and a change of scenery. When the rel…
 
In this episode, Petra talks to Arseniy Lobanovskiy, who moved to Finland from Russia about 6 years ago. Arseniy talks about his learning of both Finnish and Swedish languages and its impact on fitting within the communities in Finland. Moreover, he sheds a light on the Swedish community in Finland. He also speaks about his battle with depression d…
 
Jean chats with Jessica, who is originally from the UK. Jessica moved to Finland in 2016 to live with her Finnish partner. In this week’s episode, Jean and Jessica talk about volunteer opportunities in Finland and the importance of volunteer work in a functioning society. Jessica noted cultural differences between her family in the UK and her partn…
 
This week, Petra is joined by Sini Korpinen. Sini is a political podcast host and a municipal election candidate. She visited for a chat about the significance of municipal elections for Finns and foreigners living in Finland and provided clear instructions on how to attend the upcoming municipal elections in Finland. Links: Double Check Voting Eli…
 
Moniku began as a temporary project aimed at reducing inequality and usage of rehabilitation services among multicultural families. When the need for Moniku services continued to grow, however, the project was made permanent. Today, Alba serves about 15 families per week.Moniku’s services are important, Alba explains, because multicultural parents …
 
Pedro Bergamo is a singer/songwriter from Brazil who originally moved to Finland for love. In this episode, he shares his deep connection to music, his influences, and his songwriting process. Also, Matt and Pedro also listen to and discuss one of Pedro's latest releases, "Abrahadabra!". Pedro's website: https://pedrobergamo.com…
 
Tune in for an informative chat with Carl, an executive consultant and headhunter in Finland. Carl decided to pursue a career in recruitment, a process that had always intrigued him, after a long career in banking and leisure. In his role as a headhunter, Carl conducts targeted searches for candidates that fit a specialized profile. Although many m…
 
In this episode Aino talks about the Finnish tradition Vappu that is annualy celebrate on May 1st. She also shares many interesting experiences with Armenian culture an answers listeners’ questions. She gives great advice for impressing your Finnish in-laws, as well as important things to keep in mind if you plan on moving to Finland (sneak peak: b…
 
Please join us in welcoming Matt, our new co-host at Mastering Finland! Matt moved to Finland for love in 2016. He packed up his life in Maryland, and married his penpal of 10 years! Today, Matt lives happily in Pori with his wife, Sanni, and their son, Edvin. Tune into episode 48 to hear Matt’s story, and to get a sneak peak at what to expect from…
 
Tune into a chat with Roham, originally from Iran, about his experience moving with his wife and daughter to Finland four months ago, in late 2020. To make better personal and professional connections, Roham plans to learn Finnish. Although he is passionate and dedicated about learning the language, his ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorde…
 
This is the first episode of the "International Authors in Finland" series, and in this episode, we welcome mother and daughter Pamela and Eloisa Spokes. They co-wrote a book together during the first few months of the coronavirus pandemic when Eloisa experienced distance learning and spent lots of time at home with her mum. That's when the idea to…
 
This week, Jean sat down to chat with Karina, a PhD student of Applied Linguistics at the University of Jyväskylä. Originally from Japan, Karina began her upper secondary education in Australia. There, she experienced quite a bit of culture shock as a result of the louder, more direct Australian culture. In Finland, Karina once again feels at home.…
 
In this episode we combined two interviews together to provide you an overall picture of recruitment in FInland enriched by many tips and suggestions on how to improve your job-searching in Finland.In the first part of the interview (0:00-24:25), we talked to Hannah Gay that started her Finnish journey as an intern at The Shortcut, a company you ma…
 
Continuing our series on job-seeking in Finland, Petra chats with Stefan Cave. Originally from the UK, Stefan moved to Finland with his partner in 2019 seeking a better work-life balance. Upon arriving in Finland, he applied his background in HR and operations management to his role as COO at talent accelerator The Shortcut. Tune in to this episode…
 
Iiris Ranta, who recently graduated from the University of Jyväskylä with a master’s degree in intercultural management. While completing her thesis on international talent recruitment and retention in the city of Jyväskylä, Iiris focused on the topics of labour migration and the internationalization of higher education. The results of her thesis s…
 
This week, we had Doula Danielle on to talk about her experience working as a post-partum doula in Helsinki. Through her personal practice, Mothers Transition, and as a member of The Nest Helsinki International Doulas+, Danielle offers needed support for new mothers and their families. Growing up, Danielle moved around quite a bit. Born in Israel, …
 
Meet Varpu, your “Finnish fairy godmother.” On her online platform Her Finland, you can find culture-based language courses that will help you master Finnish (or, at least learn enough to get by), as well as tips and tricks for thriving in Finland - from the perspective of a native Finn!We sat down to chat about Varpu’s motivations for building Her…
 
Join us for a chat about Esther's inspiring experience related to learning the Finnish language, working and raising children in Finland, and overcoming the language barrier to gain meaningful employment as a foreigner. She also talks about the loneliness and depression she experienced after giving birth to her children. Finally, Esther shed some l…
 
Valentine’s Day is happening soon and we thought we might share a bit about how do people usually celebrate such a day in Finland. In this episode, we talk about the history of Valentine’s Day in Finland, its focus on friendship, how do Finns celebrate this day, and how does a university approach this special day. We also collected a few voice reco…
 
You may remember Matti, a Finnish-American from last week’s episode, and his tales of service in the Finnish Defense Forces. This week, we continue our conversation with a preview of Matti’s forthcoming book, 347 Mornings. At Mastering Finland, we are big believers in the power of stories to help people overcome difficulties and face tough challeng…
 
Joining Petra in this episode is a Finnish-American named Matthew (or in Finnish Matti) who moved from New Jersey to Finland in 2019. Matti received Finnish citizenship through his grandmother’s descent when he was a child, and moved to Finland in 2019 to complete a year of military service. During this time, Matti learned more about his own leader…
 
In this week’s short and sweet episode, Petra has a chat with Mehri, who is a contributing writer at Foreigners in Finland magazine. Founded by Mae Lehto, Foreigners in Finland is a local online magazine aimed at foreigners living in Finland. The magazine caters to an international audience and covers topics like lifestyle, food and drink, business…
 
Welcome to our first episode of the New Year 2021! 2020 brought many challenges and we are looking forward to a chance to turn things around in 2021. However, with the Brexit transition period expiring at the end of the year, UK citizens may have a tough time doing just that. To offer some guidance on navigating the transition, we sat down for a ch…
 
Petra talks to Dani, who had been struggling with her mental health during a process of job-seeking in Finland. In Dani’s words: ’I am a recently graduated expat who's looking for a job and living in Finland on borrowed time. The pressure and countless rejections resulted in a loss of motivation, imposter syndrome, and even depression. Come to thin…
 
In this episode, we look through scientific lens on the impact of migration, and discrimination on mental health, and the representation of these topics in media. To learn more about these issues we spoke with Shadia Rask, research manager at the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL).During more than a decade of work in the field, Shadia h…
 
In this episode, we continue our mental health series with a foreigner’s perspective on mental health care in Finland. We reconnected with Davide from Episode 13 to hear about his experience overcoming anxiety and isolation through professional mental health support. Leaving behind the comfort of university life to start a career is challenging eno…
 
During these unusually stressful times, we could all use a little help improving our mental well-being. Whether you’re suffering from workplace overload or relationship woes, Mervi Lamminen’s easy access to mental well-being service is here to help! Auntie Solutions offers one-on-one video meetings with mental health professionals to help you keep …
 
Petra talks to an occupational health psychologist, Sinnu about mental health and the services available in Finland. Sinnu sheds light on the specific types of help one can receive, through what channel and the general costs. She also gives practical advice for mental health prevention and care, addressing issues that may arise specifically in the …
 
Katerina talks about her wedding woes in Finland and the last minute obstacle which unfortunately forced her to cancel her wedding! Find out what document she was required to present from her home country in order to marry her Finnish-Greek husband and how they were surprised to experience a not-so-smooth side of Finnish bureaucracy as foreigners.…
 
Dallin relocated to Finland specifically to serve in the Finnish military and afterwards stayed to study. He gives us an inside look at the Finnish military culture and life and shares some of his unforgettable experiences from that time. He also talks about how Canadians and Finns are similar and different and gives valuable insight into understan…
 
Eline is a Dutch-Finn who grew up in Papua New Guinea for the majority of her childhood. She talks about growing up as a *"Third Culture Kid" and how that had shaped her worldview and identity and affected her life when she moved back to the Netherlands and Finland as an adult. She also shares how she manages to juggle student and single mom life a…
 
Paola, originally from Italy, shares her family's remarkable journey of adopting internationally in Finland. She talks about her multicultural family, identity and details the process of adopting her son from India. Find out how her efforts to improve the adoption services for foreigners helped international families and how it also ended up impact…
 
Jean chats with Lorena who relocated to Finland for her job at Nokia. Lorena gives an inside look at working in a Finnish company, the work culture, and the relationship dynamics with colleagues and the manager. She also shares many resources for organizations she had taken the initiative to join to build her social network/community. Find out how …
 
Petra chats with diversity and inclusion public speaker/coach and CEO/co-founder of Businesswiz, Priyanka Banerjee. Priyanka's work helps Finnish companies transition to a more internationally-minded environment through hands-on cooperation and trainings. She believes that the successful inclusion of foreigners in the workforce is essential as Finl…
 
Petra interviews Raysa and Katarina, students at the University of Tampere and creators of "Diversity for Future." Their mission is to address the topic of diversity in the Finnish workplace through discussions and personal stories and to highlight the value of international cooperation! LINKS:https://esnfint.org/diversity-for-futurehttps://esnfint…
 
What better way to prepare for the new academic year than to speak to Raul- a former tutor, student and teacher (triple threat!) at the University of Jyväskylä. Raul gives insight into the realities of life outside of the university bubble based on his own experiences.Raul touches on:✔️the role of a 'tutor' and the kind of assistance international …
 
Alvaro looks back on the good times as an Erasmus exchange student (EU program) in Finland! He talks about his studies in Education, 'friendship family program' (see link below), student life, traveling and dating. He also gives valuable tips for new students! SOURCES MENTIONED: ⭐Erasmus Student Exchange Program- https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/era…
 
Community is key to surviving and thriving! Petra and Jean share their experience of making friends and building a community as international students in Finland.SOURCES MENTIONED:⭐Friendship Family Program (University of Jyväskylä) https://www.jyu.fi/en/study/day-to-day-life-housing-and-free-time/friendship-family-programme…
 
Petra and Jean continue to share their travel experiences in Finland. In this episode, they give an overview of:✔️Lahti✔️Oulu✔️Kemi✔️Kuusamo✔️Ranua✔️Rovaniemi✔️Inari (Saariselkä village)✔️Tallinn✔️Alands/Ahvenmaa✔️Stockholm (*Listen with a pinch of salt! We're sure there were many things/experiences missed possibly because of the poor winter weath…
 
Wondering how you can travel safely around Finland now? From popular tourist attractions to hidden gems, join Petra and Jean in this two-part series audio tour as they hit up 22 different cities in and around Finland! In this episode they give an overview of their travel experiences in:✔️Helsinki✔️Sipoo✔️Porvoo✔️Turku ✔️Naantali✔️Rauma✔️Pori✔️Tampe…
 
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