How to Spot an American

The following is broad generalization based on over two years of interactions with North Americas and foreigners from other countries living in Finland. There are things that people from the United States (and, to some degree, Canada) do that people from other places don’t do. While I admit that I have been guilty of some…

Katie in Finland: Dystopian Nightmare Fuel

In this episode, Katie and Berin talk about how current events and policy changes being implemented by the United States government impacts their lives in Finland. Topics include economic and social fears, how their plans might change, and why so many people unsafe and uncertain right now.

This is My Fear: Statelessness

If for some reason we need to return to America — for a visit, because one of us lands a great job, because Finland chooses not to extend our residence for some reason — I’m afraid we’d be turned away. They’d separate Katie and I, question us for hours, ask why we lived abroad for…

The Reality of Being a Foreigner

When we left the United States, there were Americans who told us, “Remember, everything you do reflects upon your country”. In one of the first orientations Katie went through at the university, she was told “You are here representing you, not your country, so relax and be yourself”. In the intervening years, we’re had both…

Finnish Immigration 101

A listener to the podcast sent me an email recently asking for advice and information. What is the cost of living, they asked, for a couple who wants to move to Finland? Their stated intention was to move here, get an apartment, look for a job, and learn the Finnish language while they hunted for…