International Commuting: Working and living in two different countries
Over 15 000 commuters cross the bridge between Copenhagen and Malmö every day via car or trains that run several times an hour. On February 3, 2016, 40 international residents of Greater Copenhagen and Skåne met in the historic university town of Lund, Sweden to chat about what prospects commuting between countries offers international citizens.
Hot coffee was on the mind of the group of 40 as they enter the cozily furnished Lund International Citizen Hub (LICH) after a tour of the historic university town of Lund. LICH has opened its doors to international citizens who want to explore their new home of Greater Copenhagen and Skåne and to learn more about the prospects and practicalities of international commuting for employment.
The Öresund Bridge, spanning 8 kilometers, completed by a 4 kilometer tunnel connects Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city, to Denmark via Copenhagen. The bridge gives easy access to new job opportunities and is a unique opportunity to gain international experience, without having to travel far.
Tudor Stoica from Romania, who is studying at KEA – Copenhagen School of Design and Technology, came to Skåne, the southernmost part of Sweden, earlier in the day to explore before joining the group at Lund International Citizen Hub.
“Malmö and its surrounding areas have a distinctly more relaxed pace compared to Copenhagen. It’s fantastic that you can have a capital city just a few minutes from the idyllic countryside of southern Sweden.” says Tudor.
Tudor says that he joined the event as he wishes to stay in Greater Copenhagen and Skåne after his studies and wanted to learn more about the prospect of working on both sides the Öresund, the Sound that separates Sweden and Denmark.
“I am a software engineer and see a lot of applications for my knowledge and background in this region. I work with the interaction between machines and computers, something that seems to come natural to businesses in Scandinavia, the digitalization of everything is already taking place here.”
As the windows of the historic building Lund International Citizen Hub occupies, Ekska Huset, fog up, Tudor tries a piece of Spettekaka, a traditional southern Swedish treat made from a mixture consisting mainly of eggs, potato starch flour and sugar. “It’s dry…” says Tudor shyly. The tour guide in charge of the Lund tour admits Spettekaka isn’t the most exciting of Swedish delicacies – Cinnamon buns and Princess Cake are much more appreciated amongst Swedes and visitors alike.
After fika, a mandatory activity at all Swedish events which consists of chit-chat, coffee, and cake, the group gets settled in to hear more from local organisations that support international residents. Topics covered included job search tips, how Danish and Swedish business cultures differ, and experiences from a commuter living in Copenhagen and working in Lund.
Would you like more information about how to gain employment and commute between Greater Copenhagen and Skåne?
Check out Øresunddirekt, English information about commuting to Denmark, and Arbetsförmedling, The Swedish Public Employment Service.
Lund International Citizen Hub’s role is to enlighten, coordinate and connect international employees and their families to Sweden’s various authorities, local associations, educational institutions as well as the private sector throughout southern Sweden for the purpose of attracting specialized talent and retaining this competency in the region.
The event was part of the EU funded project ”Welcoming International Talents” with the partners International House Copenhagen, Invest in Skåne, Helsingborgs stad, Lunds kommun och Malmö stad.