'Learn Swedish - you don’t need it to survive but it’s going to pay off'
Publish date: 24 February 2017
Victor Redondo moved from Spain to study at the Royal Institute of Technology. Today he lives in Sundbyberg and works at Tritech together with colleagues from China, Argentina, Spain, France, and Italy. Let's find out how he likes it!
Q: What was your first impression of Sweden?
When I first moved here everything was expensive, but you learn that it’s relative to what you get here. The social services are very impressive.
Q: Why work in Sundbyberg?
Sundbyberg is a technology hub in itself, and it’s very well connected to a lot of places. One of the highlights is definitely the environment of technology, where there is a lot going on and a focus on creativity and innovation with a lot of different actors.
Q: What is the biggest difference between working in Spain and in Sweden?
Here you get a lot of chances to develop yourself, in other countries it’s a lot more stressed. Stockholm offers a lot of career opportunities, it’s a very open environment where you actually get your chance if you want to.
Q: Describe your work environment.
In Sweden there is a flat hierarchy at work. I like it and I think it’s good, it gives responsibility and empowers the employees. At work most of the decisions are in some way negotiated, it comes from everybody and that motivates you to come with suggestions because you feel heard.
There is also a culture to have the concept of flexi-time at work. You’re able to adapt your hours to your family or your private matters. I feel like the companies care a lot more about the workers than in other countries.
Q: What is your favorite thing about living in Sundbyberg?
The nature in Sundbyberg and in most of Stockholm is very special. It’s so easy to go down from your flat to a park or run by the lake here. You can feel that the air is cleaner here than in big cities. Also the public transport is very well connected to everything.
Q: Are there a lot of expats here in Stockholm? Is this important for education and business?
If you go into the technology side it’s very diverse and I think that’s one of the things that makes it so good. Different opinions and different backgrounds give different points of view - that’s always positive. One of the policies here at Tritech is to create more diversity.
Q: Your advice for someone moving to Sweden?
Learn Swedish - you don’t need it to survive but it’s going to pay off. There are a lot of things you are missing that you don’t realize.