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“Finland: Through the looking glass” offers a frank and unfiltered look at Finland through the lens of its diverse foreign-background community, through one-on-one conversations with host, Denise Wall. It’s an opportunity for the community to share its own unique stories and experiences and to fearlessly weigh in on the social and political discourses shaping its reality in the adopted homeland. The show covers a range of themes such as entrepreneurship, ageing, belonging, study, unemploymen ...
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As far as entrepreneurship goes, the food business isn’t the easiest place to start. But stiff competition and a weak economic climate haven’t fazed Cameroon-born café owner Mikael Malin. Listen as Malin talks about his stumbles, learning moments, and motivation and how he stays positive in a challenging and competitive arena. Subscribe, rate, like…
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Confused about how to break into seemingly impenetrable Finnish professional networks? Looking for answers on how to land your dream job and break through the birch ceiling? If you feel you're losing the battle to understand Finnish recruitment and employment practices, don't despair. Listen as People L&D expert Mark Hayton joins FTTLG to share his…
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After eight years building a life in Finland, Sonal Mahkija and her family took a deep breath and resettled in Sweden. It was an opportunity to pursue a career – not just hold down a job – in what felt more like a merit-based labour market. "It wasn't premised on knowing a language fluently other than the language of work. And we know that in Finla…
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Is there such as thing as Schrödinger’s immigrant? FTTLG host Denise Wall discusses how she has felt simultaneously invisible yet highly visible as a Caribbean-background resident in Finland. In an extended chat with audio producer Travis Glossop, Wall frankly reveals her motivation for persevering with an unfunded podcast. She also expresses her s…
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After relocating from bustling Paris to significantly quieter and more conservative Seinäjoki in Ostrobothnia, western Finland, Fatima Choaïbi decided to take her fate into her own hands and moved to Helsinki in search of work – and sushi. Fatima soon decided that traditional approaches to the job search weren’t cutting it and she decided to do thi…
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How do you find your way after seemingly going from the frying pan into the fire? When radio and podcast professional Travis Glossop left Britain for a new start in Finland, he thought he had escaped the problems that led to the UK’s pivotal vote to leave the EU. He arrived in Helsinki to find a nation riven by controversy and uncertainty as a new …
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Starting a business in Finland is easy, but keeping it up and running is another matter altogether. What more needs to be done to help migrant entrepreneurs succeed so that they can employ others and contribute more to the wider economy? Ghana-born auto engineer-turned-skin and hair entrepreneur Edem Agbekey-Taylor shares her story of building the …
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Why is it so difficult for foreign jobseekers to find work in Finland? Netherlands-born descriptive communication coach Joppe Quaedvlieg thinks he knows the answer -- and it has nothing to do with polishing your CV. Well, almost nothing! In this episode of FTTLG, he describes his technique for helping jobseekers find meaningful employment -- by fir…
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Web accessibility consultant Azra Tayyebi lost her sight as a young girl in Iran, went on to complete a software engineering degree there and moved to Finland pursue a master’s degree. However her dream to become a developer eluded her. “There were several times where I got past the first step because of my CV and then as soon as they realized that…
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Trigger warning: this episode deals with intimate partner violence and may be upsetting for some listeners. Swedish language integration advocate Allyana Thomas bravely discusses her experiences living in and exiting a relationship overshadowed by violence in our latest episode of Finland: Through the looking glass. “I think the biggest help aside …
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Consumers, retailers, importers, producers all want sustainable products, but is anyone really ready to pay the price? "I don't think so," says Brazilian-Israeli food industry entrepreneur Celso Khalili. He adds that many people don't quite understand the multiple facets of sustainable products, especially when it comes to the food we eat. On this …
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Comedian Jamie MacDonald joins Finland: Through the looking glass, to share his experiences as a transgender person who transitioned in Finland, his reaction to the passage of new transgender laws, and how he copes with anxiety as a member of a gender and language minority. “The thing that really needs to happen is normalisation. Even though we're …
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Canadian-born service design entrepreneur Pamela Spokes is our guest on the first episode of Finland: Through the looking glass. A resident of Finland since 2007, she shares insights she's learned from her entrepreneurial journey and ponders a few of the big questions facing Finland: skilled immigration and what Finland could look like in the futur…
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