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Ambassador Portrait : Ninnie Östman, from Sweden living in Luxembourg

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

5 months

What 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 now in Luxembourg?

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 Luxemburg?

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.

What is your favourite district in Luxembourg?

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 of Luxembourg 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 an exemple of a word in your mother tongue that is difficult to translate in another language?

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 you have decided to join the JUST ARRIVED Ambassader club?

I believe it is a very good concept for integration and networking. So many people come and leave Luxembourg and 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.


If you were a power, what would you be? 
Being able to fly.

If you were a book, which genre would you be? 
Drama with a romantic touch.

If you were a season what would you be? 
I love all seasons but if I had to choose I would pick winter. I love the snow and ice and all the sports that you can do during winter time.

If you were a spice what would you be? 
I am not sure if ginger is a spice, but I would say ginger.

If you were a pair of shoes what would you be? 
Jogging shoes.

Meet another ambassador for her community in Luxembourg : Elisabeth from France