Is it important for you to retain your newly recruited international staff? Then make sure to care for the accompanying partner!

Attracting – and retaining – international talent is a challenge faced by many sectors in Stockholm. Candidates often report that concern about the welfare of their partners and families plays a large role in their decision to stay – or leave.

Valuable employees who choose to leave Stockholm means not only financial losses, but is also an emotional failure for the company to not have succeeded in offering a good general life situation for the employee and his/her family. In the long run, this is of course also negative for the employer brand and for future possibilities to recruit international talent.


81%* of international expats in Stockholm report that if their partner can’t find employment in Stockholm, it will be a direct reason to leave.

*based on a poll by SDCN amongst internationally-recruited talent in Stockholm.

By joining SDCN, employers can make themselves even more attractive to international recruits by offering their employees’ partners access to a professional and social network that will help the couple or family to settle, thrive – and stay – in Stockholm.

Expat partners of employees at our affiliated organizations tend to be highly accomplished professionals who are eager to pursue a career of their own in Stockholm. By offering career guidance and personal advice, SDCN facilitates a successful entry into the Swedish job market.

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At SDCN, we also understand that the social dimension of a person’s life is just as important as his/her professional development. Through different social activities, SDCN members can meet other expats in a similar situation and share tips and experiences. This gives an excellent opportunity to build a social network of their own in Stockholm, independent of their partner’s employment.

Member testimonials


 "SDCN is a very positive environment and it helped me understand how things work in Stockholm and in Sweden. It is wonderful to meet people who are in a similar situation and experience how they support each other."

Laura Brembilla, Key Account Manager

SDCN helped me to "tune in" my CV to Swedish viewers. My CV was tailored for the US, where you have a very different approach than here. It was also very important to meet new people and network. I still hang out with friends I made during SDCN activities. In my opinion, the SDCN team does an amazing job. It made a big difference!

Juliana Ortlieb Luz, Project Manager, Engineering Consulting Firm

"I got my two jobs thanks to Stockholm University. SDCN helped me above all with enduring this long period of unemployment, belonging to a community, making friends and enjoying life. SDCN also allowed me to improve my Swedish in the Say-it-in-Swedish group!"

Vinícius De Freitas Corrêa, Language Coach, Stockholm Universtity

Would you like to know more about SDCN and what we can do for your company? Contact Sophia Wallin, Project Manager.

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+46 72-148 21 55
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