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!
#68 Finnish Metal Music with Dafne Jalomo
The new Mastering Finland Podcast episode is this time all about metal music in Finland and for this reason, the guest of this episode is Dafne Jalomo, a psychologist, music lover, beer enthusiast and adventurer from Mexico, who is now living in Helsinki.
It was over 15 years ago, when Dafne had her first contact with Finnish bands, starting with the first one, which is also her favourite, Sonata Arctica. Dafne says that this band was one of the reasons she ended up in this country. The music and the lyrics were uniquely talking to her heart, something that made her wonder what is going on in this country, how come people in Finland are so talented, and so she decided to travel to Finland to discover what this is that makes her feel so excited about this music and country. For her, music is a hobby, “a daily activity” that she cannot live without because it describes herself and her mood.
Listen to the whole story of Dafne and enjoy the experts' talk about Finnish metal music right now!
#67 Establishing Ethical Business in Finland with Pukhraj Ranjan
This week's episode introduces Pukhraj Ranjan, an educator and entrepreneur establishing a new ethical fashion brand Moi namaste - that is creating eclectic, timeless pieces combining Indian craftsmanship and Nordic functionality. Pukhraj shares her story of life in Finland that started by pursuing a masters degree in education, finding her first job (listen for the tips), and finally establishing her own business.
What led Pukhraj to leave her life-long passion for education to pursue entrepreneurship? And what does a person need to do to establish such a business? Tune in and get some helpful entrepreneurial tips and learn more about why Pukhraj decided to stay in Finland despite her original plan of returning to India after her studies 🇮🇳🇫🇮
Additionally, we would like to invite you on behalf of Pukhraj and Moi Namaste to a pop-up shop full of relaxing programs that will take place next week from November 15th - 19th in Helsinki. More information can be found here: https://fb.me/e/5ThUSlBRb
#66 Halloween in Finland with Bella de Graves
This week we wanted to join the Halloween madness and record a special spooky episode for you 🎃
This time, Matt talks to Bella de Graves, a Finnish artist, that is fascinated by everything creepy or scary. They discuss horror movies, costume shops, spooky places in Finland, and experiences related to the Halloween celebration in Finland.
As the holiday is dedicated to remembering the ones departed, creepy stories associated with ghosts are quite a common element of Halloween. Join us for this episode and listen to some of the scary Finnish stories and more in our newest Halloween special.
#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.