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Tanti: "People here respect that my cultural identity is different to theirs"

“The University of Gothenburg is an integral part of the city – which is not so big that you don’t feel part of it.”

Tanti is quietly spoken and doesn’t much care for Swedish food – yet that doesn’t stop her from leading a busy social life. She often meets friends in Gothenburg’s cosy cafés for fika (Swedish for coffee and cake), and is particularly fond of cinnamon buns.

“That’s true, and I eat a lot more salads for lunch than I did at home. I feel healthy. It’s part of the trend here, you can always find nice healthy salads.”

So how’s the student life going?

“I’ve been studying together with hundreds of students from all over the world, so we’re practising intercultural communication all the time – which has been awesome. I like the way we are treated here. Interaction with teachers is not really bound by hierarchy, it’s okay for us to express our thoughts if we disagree.

Appriciate the equality

Another thing I like is the way equality has been put into practice in Sweden. It’s most obvious in the gender role. Not only when it comes to job equality, but at home. Here it’s normal that fathers take paternity leave to look after their children and share responsibility for the household.”

About Tanti Kostaman

  • Comes from the Indonesian island of Java.
  • Studied psychology and first came to Sweden as an exchange student
  • Now studying a Master's in Communication and holds a scholarship from the Swedish Institute,
  • She is interested in journalism and parliamentary debate.
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