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Viktoria: "Swedishness is away to live in harmony with the forces of nordic nature"

Viktoria is happiest when she is in nature, walking through the forest or sitting in the harbour watching boats come in. With its many woodland parks and the proximity to wild coastal landscapes of granite, Gothenburg makes her feel very much at home.

“It’s not so strange for me here, in Saint Petersburg you can feel the Scandinavian influence – it’s quite close. Also, I did an internship at the Swedish General Consulate in Russia. I loved the feeling of working with Swedish people – being part of the community. In the future I want to bring Sweden and Russia together, culturally and politically.”

Gothenburg and international relations

Then came the opportunity to research the field she’s passionate about in a city she loves. 

“Of course, Gothenburg is a good part of the world to study international relations. The Swedish openness and respect for different cultures is part of a mindset that goes back a long way. As a student it helps you to learn how to compromise – how to communicate delicate issues while respecting people’s feelings.”

Progressive with out loosing touch with the heritage

Viktoria takes a breath of cool air before sharing another insight: “Swedes are progressive, they embrace new ideas easily – but at the same time, they hang on to their Swedishness. It’s a fine balance between integrity and open-mindedness”.

About Viktoria Isaeva

  • Comes from Saint Petersburg in the neighbouring land of Russia.
  • She studied a Bachelor in International Relations with a focus on Nordic countries, before comig to Gothenburg
  • Now she is doing a Master in International Administration and Global Governance.
  • Besides her native language, Viktoria speaks Swedish,
    German and English.


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