“Sweden is a Canada outside North America”

Published 11 July 2017 in:

Meet the Global Swedes: Miranda Restorick, Canada, student at the Stockholm School of Economics.

Miranda Restorick from Canada is one of this year’s Global Swedes. She is studying for a Masters in Business Administration at the Stockholm School of Economics and is also involved in numerous activities alongside her studies.

Miranda moved to Sweden five years ago. The reason? Love. “Unfortunately the relationship didn’t last, but I built up a career instead,” she says.

Because she was already in Sweden, it seemed natural to study and work here too. Alongside her studies, Miranda has also worked and become involved in various projects. She already had knowledge in the area of technology, but through her studies at the Stockholm School of Economics she has also learnt more about the business and marketing aspects, which in her view gives her a unique holistic view. Especially considering she also has an insight into the business world in both Canada and Sweden.

Miranda Restorick and Sweden’s Minister of EU Affairs and Trade Ann Linde. Photo: Regeringskansliet / Catarina Axelsson

Miranda Restorick and Sweden’s Minister of EU Affairs and Trade Ann Linde. Photo: Regeringskansliet / Catarina Axelsson

“Sweden is a Canada outside North America. The two countries are so similar, but at the same time so different. Here, for example, you have statutory annual leave, whereas my dad has had to work for 30 years to have the same holiday rights as me,” says Miranda, who also believes that the worklife balance is better here.

Another thing she appreciates in Sweden is the public transport. People in Stockholm are not reliant on cars in the same way as in Canada. Public transport can get you everywhere. Miranda prefers to cycle. “It’s so safe cycling in Stockholm; cyclists are respected and it’s easy and quick to get around in town,” she says.

She hopes that her Global Swede nomination is down to many different aspects. Partly her technical background, which she is now adding to with business administration, but also because she has the ability to find innovative solutions. And, of course, because she has knowledge of both the Canadian and Swedish markets, and she can communicate her knowledge to actors in both countries.

“I hope that in future I will be able to work in both Canada and Sweden, and I believe and hope this will help me to consolidate and combine my contacts in both countries,” she adds.


The Global Swede Award:

  • For the seventh year in a row, the Global Swede award ceremony has been held. During the ceremony at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs on 10 May, Minister for EU Affairs and Trade Ann Linde and Director-General of the Swedish Institute Annika Rembe congratulated some twenty international students who have attended Swedish higher education institutions. These students have distinguished themselves in areas related to innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • The initiative is part of the long-term efforts of the Swedish Government and the Swedish Institute to build relations with international students in Sweden. These efforts help to build bridges of multicultural and global networks that, in the long term, have a positive impact on Swedish trade and the efforts to find new solutions for the future.

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