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!
#78 From Teacher’s Desk to Foreign Service with William Couch
Ever dreamt of working in foreign service and being stationed abroad? Listen to our new episode and see if this lifestyle suits you!
Bill Couch, Foreign Affairs Officer, shares with Mastering Finland his experiences of working at the US Embassy in Helsinki — from perks and daily routines to the challenges (and new engagement avenues) that the pandemic has brought. The Russia-Ukraine war and Putin’s leadership style are also on the discussion table.
What’s more, Bill discusses his fantastic career change from education into Public Affairs. It’s quite an inspiring story about “taking that chance”.
And don’t say goodbye to Bill just yet! He will be in our next episode, so stay tuned.
#77 Helping Others Integrate in Finland with Hasan Sohail
Matt Bowen gets to meet Hasan Sohail, the man behind the travelwithasan YouTube channel. In his YouTube videos, Hasan shares his experiences of integrating into Finnish life and making the most out of living in Finland.
What is Hasan’s strategy for integrating in Finland? Here are some tips:
Get out of your room to find your way around
Join groups and associations to manifest your presence
Practice hobbies and things that make you happy
Hasan gives advice on other ways of making Finland your home. He invites all Mastering Finland listeners to join him and follow his journeys on his YouTube channel travelwithhasan, Facebook page, and Instagram.
#76 Fascinated by Finland with Matty Davenport
Matty Davenport lives in the UK, but he is a ‘superfan’ of the Mastering Finland Podcast and pretty much of all things Finland. From an outsider’s perspective Matty explains how he first became aware of Finland as a child and became increasingly fascinated through adolescence into adulthood.
Listen and learn more about Matty's passion for winter swimming, what works and doesn't in learning Finnish, and in general how he got so connected with this land.
#75 Introducing Spouse Program by City of Helsinki
Matt talks with the project planner of the Spouse Program offered by the municipality of the City of Helsinki, Jochen Faugel.
The Spouse Program is part of the Talent Boost initiative and is coordinated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment and the Ministry of Education and Culture. Its purpose is to build an engaging and supportive community for international spouses moving to the capital area and, by extension, help them develop their professional and social lives.
Listen to learn more about this great initiative.
#74 Getting Settled in Finland with Rafaella Troupkou
This week we are coming back with an episode with one of our team’s members – actually the most recent one – Rafaella. Rafaella joined our team six months ago when she moved to Finland to be with her partner and move ahead with her career. Finland is for her a country to admire, like all the Nordics, considering their progressive mentality.
Petra asks Rafaella what kind of preparation she followed before arriving in Finland, what are the paperwork processes she had to go through after her arrival, the experience with TE-office (unemployment office) services, and how has she adjusted to the different social life in Finland.
Join us to meet Rafaella and learn what could you do better if decided to move to Finland or reflect on your move.
#73 Dealing with Unfulfilled Expectations & Frustrations in Finland: Raysa França
In this episode, Petra meets Raysa, an old guest from episode 20. Raysa was invited back for another episode due to a LinkedIn post reflecting unfulfilled expectations and frustrations in Finland's international community. We believe that this episode discussion may resonate with many of you who are trying to find a job in Finland or, in general, are trying to find your bearings in this country.
We hope you have managed to keep a positive spirit throughout your journey in Finland. However, if you struggle with whatever has come your way, know that you are not alone!
We are sending you all a virtual hug and wish you a happy friendship day!