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Living in Sweden

Sweden is ready to host the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in Stockholm. Sweden can offer a seamless transition – but what can EMA personnel expect of life in Stockholm? We asked some of our international industry colleagues to share their personal experiences of what it is like to live and work in Sweden.

”Here I can be the CEO of a company, and still have time for my family”

Christine Lind, CEO Medivir. Read the interview.

”Swedish people have found the key to worklife balance”

Marc Gailhardou, Managing Director of MSD (Merck Sharp and Dohme). Read the interview.

”Here you can have a healthy lifestyle, which allows you to follow your aspirations”

Persefoni Kritikou, Global Health Economics Manager, Sobi. Read the interview.

”Sweden and Swedes are very open and welcoming”

Maciej Dragowski, leading the Finance team at Roche Sweden. Read the interview.

”Instant access to nature! Whenever you want, wherever you are!”

Caglar Ceritoglu, leading the Essential Health business in Pfizer Sweden. Read the interview.

”Sweden is a non-hierarchical society which emphasises democratic collaboration”

Susanna Francke Rodau, Director Healthcare Development, Roche Diagnostics Scandinavia. Read the interview.

”I am happy to work in an international environment”

Jochen Schwenk, Associate Professor for Translational Proteomics at KTH. Read the interview.

”The adjustment from life in the UK was quite easy”

Gemma Dainty, HR and Internal Communications Director, Nordic-Baltic AstraZeneca. Read the interview.

”There is a high degree of tolerance and people genuinely care for each other”

John Daicic, Chief Executive Officer, Atlas Antibodies. Read the interview.

”What’s best? The education and health systems are so accessible”

Yolanda Mthembu, PhD Candidate and Marie Curie Fellow. Read the interview.

”I knew Sweden was a beautiful country with a highly educated and skilled workforce”

Erling Donnelly, head of the Oncology business for Pfizer in Sweden. Read the interview.

”I find Sweden to be relatively predictable and systematic – it has a good transparency”

Thea Olsson, HR Lead in MSD (Merck Sharpe & Dohme) in Sweden. Read the interview.

”Swedes are very open minded and accepting towards differences”

Jeremie Boucher, Principal Scientist in the Diabetes research department for AstraZeneca in Gothenburg. Read the interview.


More about EMA to Sweden

Watch the movie!
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven among others on #EMAtoSweden #international #research #science #innovation #entrepreneurship #collaborations #Sweden To the movie.

Sweden – the top candidate for EMA
– The EMA is strategically important for the EU’s global competitiveness. We are convinced that Sweden’s offer is best able to benefit the EMA and the EU as a whole, says Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. Read more.

The Swedish offer to host EMA
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is currently looking for a new location in connection with the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Read the Swedish offer to host the EMA (pdf)

For more insights
Follow the latest comments on Twitter through #ematosweden and #ema and follow us @SwedenBIO. More information is also available through the Swedish Government on www.ematosweden.eu and www.government.se/ema.

About SwedenBIO
We are the national industry organization for life science in Sweden. Our more than 230 member companies are active within the fields of biotechnology, diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, and medical technology or are experts in business development, IP and law.

We asked some of our international industry colleagues to share their personal experiences of what it is like to live and work in Sweden. Check out what they have to say!
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According to SwedenBIO these are the top three reasons why EU-leaders will decide to relocate the EMA from UK to Sweden:

  1. The vibrant Swedish life science ecosystem is one of Europe’s biggest, and constitute an ideal environment for EMA to excel in serving the European community. Today  – and into the future!
  2. Swedish effectiveness and care of detail will ensure that EMA operations will run seamless from day one.
  3. Quality of life is unbeaten and EMA will find it easy to recruit and retain qualified personnel.