Secondments: Working in Sweden, fika and slang

Secondments are an important part of our cross-border work. This spring, the Stockholm office has been happy to have Legal Assistant Anni, Associate Ninja, and Senior Associate Maisa on secondment from Helsinki. Why did they go on secondment, and how does it work? Read more here.

When did you know you wanted to be a lawyer and what made you choose law?

Maisa: I had other options too at upper secondary school but at some point thought that law would interest me most.

Why did you choose to go on secondment?

Anni: I have always dreamt of working abroad and was so excited when I got the chance to go on secondment at our Stockholm office. It has been so rewarding to get to know our other office better and learn more of another culture and language. Secondments are also a great way to share different practices and knowledge between our offices.

Maisa: I wanted to improve my Swedish language skills. It’s also a great way to get to know colleagues at the Stockholm office better.

What are the practicalities you need to get in order before you go on secondment?

Anni: There is quite a lot of paperwork and other practical issues that need to be taken care of when you go on secondment but our fantastic HR team helped a lot with the practicalities, for example by finding an apartment for me. Furthermore, it is good to familiarise yourself with and learn as much as possible of the foreign culture and language when on secondment ─ I learned a lot about the Swedish way of working and their fika culture as well as the Stockholm dialect.