29 August – Guided Tour at Lund’s Cathedral

Lund’s Cathedral invites expats from International Citizen Hub Lund to a free guided tour! The medieval cathedral is one of Lund’s most prominent buildings and is full of history. Anita Larsson is an experienced guide and will take us through the highlights of the cathedral.

Make sure to register as soon as possible for this event as it is a very popular one!

09:15 – Drop-in at Ekska Huset for a morning coffee mingle before the event
09:45 – Walk to the Cathedral
10:00 – Guided tour of the Cathedral. Feel free to join us here if you are unable to come to Ekska Huset beforehand, however be on time!

Tuesday, 29 August
09:15-11:00
Ekska Huset

Event in English
Free of Charge

Please register for this event before midnight on 27 August

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28 August – What’s there in Helsingborg for the International Community?

– EVENT FULLY BOOKED –

International Citizen Hub Lund is on the road to Helsingborg. This trip will give you an overview of what one of our neighboring cities to the north has got to offer the international community.

We start off the tour with a visit to Helsingborg municipality’s Business and Tourism office, where we will have a short “fika” before Eva-Lotta Bergström will introduce you to Helsingborg municipality. As a growing city and municipality, Helsingborg is attracting more and more expats; therefore, developing new and exciting ways to create natural meeting places for locals and internationals.

After that we will meet Sally Russel and Jenny Weislander Chandler, the founders of Helsingborg International Connections (HIC). Much like International Citizen Hub Lund, HIC organizes free events for internationals, making it a natural meeting place for people who are new to Sweden and Helsingborg.

After that we will walk to a place called Pixlapiren for a guided tour. Please note that this is an outdoors tour, so make sure to check the weather and dress accordingly! Pixlapiren is a place where any private person wishing to let their creativity bloom is delegated a smaller area where they can test their ideas. Anything from sculptures to skate parks can be found in this area.

Our last stop will be at Mindpark, a two minute walk away from Pixapiren. Mindpark is a co-working and event space where small and large businesses co-exist with entrepreneurs, creators and students. Helene Tigerström will talk more about this diverse place and how it is a natural environment to network for Swedes, internationals, entrepreneurs as well as job-seekers, etc. We will also meet one of many small organizations at Mindpark called Integratörerna Helsingborg. Calle Norling, a representative from Integratörerna, will talk more about the different projects they run to combine integration, networking and entrepreneurship.

After this you are free to explore the town on your own. A personal tip is to try out a typical thing to do in Helsingborg, namely “tura”; jump on the ferry between Helsingborg and Helsingör and go back and forth a couple of times without getting off in Denmark.

28 August
13:00 – 15:00 (take the train from Lund leaving at 12:20)
Drottninggatan 7a, Helsingborg (5 minute walk from the train station)

Free of Charge
Event in English

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7 June – Leisure Guides and the Ambassador Program

We have exciting news coming up! We are starting up something new called Leisure Guides. This is to help you find cultural and leisure activities throughout the region which may lead to a more active life.

You will get information about various activities that are ongoing, seasonal and a chance to let us know what else you are interested in doing while living in Sweden. Andrea Maasland one of our expats and Rusmira Subasic will lead you to an interesting evening of information. After the event, if you find this interesting and would like to volunteer as a leisure guide, then let us know. We would be happy to have you share both the obvious fun activities around, but also some of your personal favorite places.

We will also be presenting our Ambassador Program, where expats who have lived in the region for a period of time can volunteer to support new expats moving to southern Sweden. As an ambassador you will be able to help those coming from your home country to understand how the Swedish system works and who better can understand what a newcomer is going through than you who have met the challenge. Hope to see you at the event!

Wednesday 7 June
13:30-15:00

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Location
Ekska Huset
Sankt Petri Kyrkogata 4, Lund

2 June – Summer in Lund

Summer is almost here! Sommar Lund is a municipal summer program that offers summer activities where almost all of them are free of charge and promote fun things to do. Their entire summer program will be released 1 June; therefore, we have invited them to give you an overview of the interesting things there are going on in Lund this summer. Lund Tourist Center is also invited to talk about the type of things one can do in Lund apart from the Sommar Lund program. Last but not least we have also invited Lund Comedy Festival to talk about one of the highlights of the summer that goes on here in Lund and possibly becoming a volunteer to help at the event. Come by if you want to get some new summer inspiration, it is never too late to become a tourist in your own city or discovering a new city.

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Friday 2 June
09:30-11:00

Location
Ekska Huset
Sankt Petri Kyrkogata 4, Lund
Event in English

17 May – Driving in Sweden

Regardless if you live in Lund or Malmö you may have noticed that neither of these cities are made for cars. The streets are narrow and more and more space is given to public transportation, bikers and pedestrians. On top of that there are lots of strict laws and regulations that are important to know for anyone wanting to drive their own car in Sweden. But a car is still an essential part of life for many families, so how do you buy a car in Sweden, and what rules should you know about before buying a new car? Also, how long is it legal to drive in Sweden with an international driver’s license? And if you are staying in Sweden for a longer period of time, when is it time to renew your license, and in what country?

We have invited representatives from Tuna Trafikskola – the only driving school in Lund that offers lessons in English – to guide you through the basic knowledge needed for anyone interested in driving in Sweden. We have also invited a representative from Förenade Bil who will talk about a few things to think about when buying a car.

Wednesday 17 May
16:30-18:00

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Location
Ekska Huset
Sankt Petri Kyrkogata 4, Lund
Event in English

16 May – Re-Educate Yourself into the IT-Sector

As some of you may have noticed, the IT sector worldwide is screaming for competent people to hire. So if you are finding it difficult to find a job in Sweden, why not try the IT world? Yrkeshögskolan – the Higher Vocational Training Center here in Sweden, offers numerous courses in diverse areas and among them are three IT courses that do not require Swedish to get accepted into the course. However, Swedish is useful since the lectures will be held in Swedish, but everything else is in English. Though all courses offered by Yrkeshögskolan require passing grades in English and Mathematics from a Swedish high school (which few expats have), they can still accept up to 20% of the course participants based not on their grades, but on their CVs and interviews. This makes these courses perfect for the expat community, which is why we have invited them to come speak about the three different courses they offer in Lund, Malmö and Helsingborg. Come by and listen to what they have to say and see if it could be something for you.

Tuesday 16 May
13:30-14:30

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Location
Ekska Huset
Sankt Petri Kyrkogata 4, Lund
Event in English

10 May – Guided Tour of the Botanical Gardens

Spring is here and the flowers are blooming so we thought it would be suitable to bring you along on a free guided tour of the Botanical Gardens here in Lund. Come learn about some of the 7,000 species planted on the 20 acres and how visitors have used the gardens for their own pleasure. Maybe you can use this information to show off to your friends when they come to visit!

10 May

08:30 – 09:10 – Drop-in at Ekska Huset for a morning coffee
09:10 – We leave as a group for the Botanical Gardens
09:25 – Tour starts
10:30 – Tour ends

Make sure to be there on time as we will move around in the Botanical Gardens and the group may be hard to find.

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Event in English

25 April – Mother Tongue Teachers Needed

In Swedish schools, children with at least one parent who has a mother tongue other than Swedish and speaks this language at home, have the right to mother tongue lessons. Every school does not have a teacher of every language; instead each municipality employs language teachers to cover the demand on a part time basis. These teachers are then sent out to the schools where they are needed. This pool of language teachers is constantly changing as people move in and out of the city, which means that they are often looking for new people to employ as mother tongue teachers.

Come listen to Lund municipality tell what is required to be a mother tongue teacher and which languages are in demand at the moment and in the future. It’s a good way to build your network in this area.

25 April
14:00-15:00

Ekska Huset
Sankt Petri Kyrkogata 4
Lund

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Event in English

19 April – International Law and How It Can Affect Expats in Sweden

 

Be aware of unexpected rules regarding your private life as well as your work, studies or other aspects of your stay in a new country. All kinds of questions might affect you regarding matters of marriage, divorce, custody and inheritance as well as matters of labor law and residence. It is important to assess in which country’s law is best applicable for settling the matter. This calls for complicated assessments which should be looked at by an expert. In this lecture Tove Sjövall will introduce the basics of Swedish International law and provide vivid examples on the application of law in international circumstances.

Tove Sjövall is an Attorney at Law and partner at Wesslau Söderqvist Advokatbyrå, a law firm with offices in Malmö, Helsingborg, Växjö, Borås, Jönköping and Stockholm. She has years of experience in both international and cross border matters. Earlier she lived in Brussels and worked there representing both a Swedish law firm and a local Belgian law firm. Tove Sjövall graduated with a law degree at the University of Lund and is a member of the Swedish Bar Association.

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19 April
17:00-18:30

Ekska Huset
Sankt Petri Kyrkogata 4
Lund

Event in English
Free of Charge

19 April – What Can Citizen Center Lund Offer You?

We have invited Maria Petit and Alexandra Fredriksson from Citizen Center Lund (or Lund Medborgarcenter in Swedish) who will guide you through the type of services the municipality can offer you as a citizen in Lund. Citizen Center Lund is a meeting place where you can get help with both small and large community problems (such as potholes in the pavement or contaminated drinking water). If they cannot help you directly, their job is to put you in touch with someone who can instead. Examples of services offered by Citizen Center Lund are building plans, internet help, legal guidance, municipality information, citizen guidance and tourist information. As a newcomer to Lund it is not always easy to know what the municipality can actually do for their citizens. We encourage you to come and listen in order to know what services you can expect from Lund’s municipality.

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19 April
13:30-14:30

Ekska Huset
Sankt Petri Kyrkogata 4
Lund

Event in English