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!
#65 Cultural Identity & Community Building with Kamilla Sultanova
In this episode we introduce Kamilla Sultanova, a Nordic and Uzbek citizen, speaker, entrepreneur, event host, mentor, and consultant in diversity inclusion who enjoys bringing people together and helping them belong. Kamilla talks about how to sustain your own cultural identity whilst living in a new place and especially how to embrace it. Additionally, she underlines the importance of community building in Finland and how long it takes for a person to adapt to life in a country like Finland. Listen to this episode and learn also more about Kamilla's public employment and business services projects and her new role as a mother-to-be.
#64 Guiding Internationals on Their Career Paths with Olivia Kumpula
In this week’s episode, Matt speaks with Olivia Kumpula, a Nigerian Youtuber, social media blogger, and entrepreneur who lives in Pori with her husband and her children.
Listen to this episode and learn about Olivia's endeavours and their contribution to the international community in Finland.
#63 Empowering Internationals & Communities with Ronny Eriksson
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, find their pathways, expand their network, and experience happiness within themselves. Listen to this episode and learn more about Ronny's projects like Ambition Africa, co-created with Peter Vesterbacka or Norders' academy and community, the importance of immigration, and hear some great tips on travelling in Finland.
#62 Reform Migri with Julia & Anuka
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 and what sort of co-signers support them. You will also hear about the panel conversation they held with their co-signers and Migri’s Director General in June 2021. Additionally, we talked about the future of the initiative, and finally Anuka shared with us her emotional story.
For more links go to www.masteringfinland.com/episodes/2021-08-30
#61 Kätälyst: Making Music in Finland as a Multinational Rock Band
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 member started in Pakistan in 2004. Because they met and began playing together in Finland, they decided to go with the Finnish spelling of the name. They say that, although their name is Finnish, they are not usually mistaken for a Finnish band.
Listen to their music on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGbXn1hm84rvpZu4AcQX-mA
#60 Fathering in Finland with Early Artis
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 raising multicultural children and how fathers in Finland can come together to support one another.