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Paola, Helsinki

Published Friday April 06, 2018 (09:21:19)
Who are you?

My name is Paola, I am a IT professional and mother of two toddlers through birth and international adoption.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

I was born and raised in Italy, but in 2010 I moved to Helsinki, Finland.    more ...


Kathrin Deter, Helsinki

Published Tuesday June 13, 2017 (12:56:59)
Kathrin Deter
Who are you?

I’m Kathrin! I’m originally from Luxembourg but I have lived in Helsinki since 2010. I’m self-employed, I work in Event and Influencer Marketing and PR, developing campaigns and concepts mainly in the tourism and outdoor industry. On my own blog I share my passion for lifestyle and travel in the north, as well as on Instagram, and hope to show my readers and mainly local expats, to look beyond the stereotypes of their home.    more ...


Wan Wei Soh, Helsinki

Published Tuesday June 06, 2017 (11:59:05)
Wan Wei
Who are you?

Hey ExpatFocus, thank you for having me!

This is Wan Wei, a curious content marketer from Singapore who is currently based in Helsinki. In my free time I also blog at The Hieno! Your Asian Insider's Guide to Finland.    more ...


Elena Barrett, Finland

Published Thursday July 23, 2015 (14:04:40)
Elena Barrett
Who are you?

I'm an American teacher and writer living in Lappeenranta, Finland.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

I'm originally from a tiny place in northwest Connecticut called Barkhamsted. I moved to Finland for love, and I don't expect that I would done so for any other reason. I remain here, though, because it is in Finland, not the U.S., where "the American Dream" can truly be realised. I've been here for about four years now.    more ...


Melanie Dower, Finland

Published Monday July 20, 2015 (14:03:53)
Melanie Dower
Who are you?

I’m Melanie, a New Zealander living in Helsinki, Finland, with my husband and our young son Miko.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

We moved to Helsinki a year ago for my husband’s job. He was given an opportunity too good to miss. We arrived in spring 2014, which is the perfect season to arrive in Finland.    more ...


Kandace Hawley, Oulu

Published Monday October 07, 2013 (20:17:26)
Kandace Hawley
Who are you?

I am Kandace Hawley from Kentucky, U.S.A. I am a graduate student at the University of Oulu in Finland. I study international educational policy. I travel quite a bit and I do not plan on returning to the U.S.A to settle upon graduating or anytime soon. Although my identity rests in America, I hardly adhere to the American lifestyle or dream. My expat journey has just recently begun.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

The story of how I ended up in Finland is unique. I had never expected that I would move here. While living and working in Mexico, I met a handsome Finnish lad on his vacation on Christmas night. We started a relationship in Mexico and departed for our home countries (my stay in Mexico was ending at that point).    more ...


Tom de Reed, Helsinki

Published Wednesday September 04, 2013 (16:19:14)
Tom de Reed, Helsinki
Who are you?

My name is Tom and I am a 25 year old Dutchman. I have studied international business and it is through these studies that I eventually ended up in Finland, where I still reside to date.

I enjoy participating in and watching a variety of sports, from with football in particular. I also like outdoors activities such as fishing, hiking and the Finnish traditions of collecting mushrooms and wild berries.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

I moved to Helsinki in the autumn of 2008 for what was supposed to be a 10 month stay as part of a student exchange program.    more ...

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