Ninnie Ostman

Ninnie Östman

 Sweden

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    Ninnie, you come from Sweden. How long have you been in Luxembourg?

    5 months.

    Which reason took you to Luxembourg?

    My fiancé got a job opportunity here and we thought it was going to be a great adventure for our family to move abroad. For me, the decision was easy, we wanted to experience a new country and culture together, something we talked about for a long time.

    What studies did you do and what is your main activity?

    I have a Master of Science degree in Engineering from Sweden as well as Economics and Finance from University of Technology in Sydney Australia. I have worked for 9 years as a Management Consultant primarily focusing on Mergers and Acquisitions, Post-Merger Integrations as well as Operating Models including roles and responsibilities in large organizations.

    Can you give me 3 adjectives to describe your life in the Grand Duchy?

    Happy, social and family bonding.

    What aspect of Luxembourg would you miss if you had to leave tomorrow?

    The diverse cultural environment and society, the international pulse, the family friendliness and safeness, the amazing playgrounds for children, our new-found friends and also our lovely house.

    Tell us what is your preferred district in Luxembourg and why?

    We live in Belair and my son’s Crèche is in Merl. I really like both districts.

    I enjoy running in the Grund and I find Clausen and the old city very beautiful. We like to do weekend trips and we have so far been to Vianden as well as hiking in the Mullerthal region, which I highly recommend. In fact, we look forward to returning many times to both of these places in the near future.

    I also look forward to exploring further the different regions and small villages within Luxembourg, including Esch-Sur-Sûre and Esch-Sur-Alzette.

    Can you give me one word in your language which is impossible to translate into other languages?

    The Swedish word ‘Lagom’ is difficult to translate. It means that the amount is just right or the temperature is perfect etc.

    It helps to describe many things to be just enough. We also have a concept in Sweden which is ‘Fika’. A ‘fika’ is when you sit down and drink coffee or tea together, eating some snack and just socializing. At work the ‘fika’ is limited to about 15-20 minutes otherwise it could go on forever because Sweeds really do like their ‘fika’ breaks.

    For which reason have you decided to join the JUST ARRIVED Ambassadors club?

    I believe it is a very good concept for integration and networking. So many people come and leave Luxembourg. To have a Just Arrived organization to turn to will help all of us with a smoother integration, fostering the feeling of being welcomed and secure.

    Also, most of us have the same questions so instead of having everyone finding their own answers, we can collectively provide many answers covering almost all similar questions that can pop-up when you are newly arrived or when leaving. I strongly promote this initiative for the good purpose of integration and feeling ‘at home’ in Luxembourg.

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