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Author: Susanna, Finnish Expat Mother of two, lover of all things Nordic.

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Nordic Mum Podcast host Susanna, interviews Scandinavian women where she talks about Scandinavian ideas, life journeys and what it means coming from the Nordic countries. Susanna explores her Finnish expat life in Australia, her guests open up about their life goals, inspirations and what drives them.

Susanna loves talking about how to be happy and balanced using Scandinavian ways of life. She explores why Scandinavian countries and people seem to be the most content in the world and why they top the charts when measured on trust, gender, work-life balance and happiness. Her aim is to motivate and inspire you to live your life with a hint of Nordic Simplicity with less is more approach and each episode gives you tips on how to do this.
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All Things Iceland part 2

All Things Iceland part 2

2019-08-1700:31:34

Satu and I discussed the life of a working mother in Iceland. Parental leave in Finland and Iceland are different. It appears that Iceland has one of the most advantaged policies on maternal care than any other country. Women get 3 months paid leave, partner gets 3 month paid leave that 90% of the men take.You cannot move this to your partner/, use it or loose it. Women stay home for another few months around 9 before their child start childcare so that mother can return to work. There is full employment in Iceland and women are not rejected in workplace as men get to take the parental leave as well.Icelandic people are more positive and looking up to their country on how good they are on something when I asked differences between us Finns and Icelandic people. More in https://www.thenordicmum.com
All Things Iceland part 1

All Things Iceland part 1

2019-08-1000:32:15

It does not get any further apart from Australia than living in Iceland. Magical Scandinavian country where I have always wanted to visit. I had the pleasure to talk with Satu Ramo a Finnish author, blogger and entrepreneur.We sit down to the virtual couch to talk about her journey to the country or fire and ice and what has kept her there all this time.Satu went to Iceland 2003 as exchange student from university and felt home immediately on arrival. She found the country fascinating and magical with the wild weather and volcanic nature. It did not bother her that the language was difficult and different and that the average temperature on summer is +4C...
For the Love of Sweden

For the Love of Sweden

2019-07-0700:50:05

Karin Rosenquist Schager is from Sweden, but she lives in Chicago with her three year old twins. She has graphic designed background and came to Los Angeles to study and has since lived in Honolulu, San Diego and now in Chicago.We discussed how early on she was drawing, doing calligraphy and she felt pulled towards designing and arts. I asked how the graphic design has changed since she started. Karin admitted that digital world has meant most of her clients are around the world and she has not never even met them. All her work is online now. Check rest in https://www.thenordicmum.com
Eco -friendly Living

Eco -friendly Living

2019-06-2900:20:34

Cars release approximately 333 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually, which is 20 percent of the world's total, according to the Environmental Defense Fund.The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) estimates that on-road vehicles cause one-third of the air pollution that produces smog in the US, China. And transportation causes 76% of greenhouse gas emissions.Energy is one of the overlooked things, how many of us leaves lights, or switches on stand by. Computer of air con running when they do not need to? There are so many thing you can do to help yourself, the environment and save money on the way as well. Check out more in Https://www.thenordicmum.com
Talking with a fellow Scandinavian mother is always such a treat. I was excited about this podcast episode as I like to indulge on Scandi Design and to talk to Anna Carin McNamara about Scandinavian design was such a treat. Anna-Caring works as a principal interior designer in Anna-Carin Design and Anna-Carin started her journey into interior design way back in Stockholm. She studied engineering however she ended up working with architect Rupert Gardner who encouraged Anna-Carin to study design in London. Anna-Carin graduated from the Royal College of Art in London and followed her heart to Australia after meeting the love of her life.Anna-Karin says that it was not easy back in 1995 to start a business. Internet was on its infancy, as was email. To get her name out there she started INNE a Scandinavian furniture shop with another Swedish girl and early on her career landed with some magazine editorials and word spread about her shop in Woollahra and this is how she landed her first clients. Check our more in https://www.thenordicmum.com
Clean living is living more simply, less processed foods, consuming less products that can be harmful to nature, or human. In Scandinavia we are better on cooking from scratch, using more healthy alternatives like rye, seeds, berries and mushrooms that you can pick from the forest. We have more toxic free products in the supermarkets, something that I am missing living in Australia. However, I have combined my tips on what you can do to have happy healthy clean-living lifestyle...Check out https://www.thenordicmum.com for rest
How you keep your culture and heritage alive when you live overseas? My guest Henna Pollard from Valo Yoga Mats knows all things living overseas after falling in love with Aussie has kept her in Australia. Henna is originally from Finland but has called Australia home for many years now.We talked about differences on maternity care in Finland and Australia. How the cultural heritage is important for the kids, make sure they have both cultures. Check Henna in https://www.valoyogamats.com/ https://www.facebook.com/Valoyogamats/? https://www.pinterest.com.au/valoyogamats/ https://www.instagram.com/valoyogamats/
I am talking not just minimalist design in furniture and home. But about life in general. How we can be minimalist the Nordic way and enjoy some Hygge in our lives. Or Mysig as they Swedes call it. If you look at Scandinavia house you will see that every furniture have its purpose and place. The house is clean, not growled, practical but no astute.Many of the pieces at houses are bought to last, they are practical and are built to last, to be appreciated and to be resilient. Marimekko, Iittala, Ikea, Svensk Tenn, Kosta Bode to name few...
Talking all things Scandinavian, how to keep your culture alive when you have kids. Also how need for change of better working hours pushed Ulrika to change her career after having her two kids. Why so many parents leave the corporate career, is the life in Sweden really better or just utopia? Follow Ulrika in https://www.instagram.com/ultimately_social/
Talking all things mindset. I had a pleasure talking to Lindsay Joseph about her journey as head of her own business the My Greater Now. Lindsay has carved a career as a coach, finished her Phd and raising up her two boys as single mother all while working to grow her business. Lindsay provides guidance and advice for entrepreneur, mindset development and gaining clarity on business mindset as part of her services.We talked about what is the entrepreneur mindset that you should be aware. How to get rid off mindset blocks when you have them. Lindsay says that women typically start business with higher level of education that men. We are expected to work at home and be domestic goddess as well. We require social network behind us to succeed. We talked about work life balance and how this masters our success as entrepreneurs. We are expected to be perfect mother and work and have these roles that we cover...
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