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Move to Gothenburg/West Sweden is a collaborative initiative that aims to attract and welcome highly skilled internationals, and get them to stay and thrive in the region long-term. The initiative is run within the framework of a regional platform comprising stakeholders from the business community, academia as well as city and region.

The initiative started in 2016 and during its first two years has developed and implemented tools and activities, and has worked actively to improve the process for international talent via collaboration with authorities and influence on politics.

During 2018-2019 we will continue to develop and arrange both existing and new activities and tools. Our vision is that we will be one of the leading regions in the world for attracting and welcoming skilled international workers. On this journey we would also like to have more employers who see the possibilities and value of attracting international talent.


Focus areas 2018-2019

  • Physical and digital international centre
  • Coordination of authorities with a clear and effective process
  • Good preconditions for accompanying spouses and students to stay, thrive and develop
  • Further develop the portal and communication via social media and other channels
  • Influence the availability of housing and preschools/schools both short and long term


Collaboration partners

The initiative is financed and run through our Trustees and Partners. The Board of Trustees consists of representatives from every Trustee and makes decisions on the projects implementation and development. Our partners help finance the project and their representatives form the Advisory Board where they contribute important viewpoints.


Meet the team

Head Project Manager

Niklas Delersjö

Niklas is overall responsible for the project and works with partnerships, external dialogue and the long term strategic plan. In addition he runs the areas jobs for spouses and students as well as coordinated authorities and housing.


Direct +46 31-83 59 38
Mobile +46 761-19 77 08
West Sweden Chamber of Commerce
Parkgatan 49, Box 5253, 402 25 Gothenburg


Project Manager

Pernilla Johansson

​Pernilla focusses on developing an International Center which will function as a meeting point for global talents and include relevant services to simplify the process. She is also responsible for organising and coordinating networks and events.


Direct +46 31-83 59 89 
Mobile +46 709 23 02 68
West Sweden Chamber of Commerce
Parkgatan 49, Box 5253, 402 25 Gothenburg


Project Manager 

Helen Teame Bairu (currently on parental leave)

​Helen is involved in matters concerning international schools and pre-schools as well as spouse issues. Moreover, she is coordinating the HR Global Mobility Network consisting of experts in this area. Helen is working part time in the project and on the other part she is an investment adviser at Business Region Göteborg.


Direct +46 31-367 61 39
Business Region Göteborg
Norra Hamngatan 14, Box 111 19, 404 23 Gothenburg


Communications Coordinator

Leena Dhankher Joshi

Leena handles communications and all its related activities for the initiative. She is responsible for developing and implementing the communications strategy of which the digital platforms and tools, both existing and future, are a key part.


Direct + 46 31-835916
Mobile +46 702-787873
West Sweden Chamber of Commerce
Parkgatan 49, Box 5253, 402 25 Gothenburg



Ben Kendall

Ben is the editor of the Move to Gothenburg and Move to West Sweden websites. Ben has himself made the move to Gothenburg from Sydney, Australia, and is familiar with the challenges that come with establishing yourself in a new country. For seven years, Ben co-founded and ran the website Göteborg Daily, the first independent English language news service for West Sweden. 


Direct +46 31-367 61 63
Business Region Göteborg
Norra Hamngatan 14, Box 111 19, 404 23 Gothenburg


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