I’m Cora, from Melbourne, Australia. I am studying at Malmö University, Sweden. And that’s about all I can say in Swedish ( Jag heter Cora. Jag kommer från Melbourne i Australian. Jag studera på Malmö Högskola i Sverige)
Over the past 8 weeks in Sweden, I’ve experienced the end of a very long summer and the beginnings of what will surely feel like a very long winter. Watching from the 8th floor of our student accommodation building, I’ve seen the sun begin its lazy descent at around 9pm, part of a spectacular light show of pinks, purples and blues. Every night has been different, dramatic and spectacular. Now, as winter creeps in, watching the morning mist swallow the horizon, the dark grey clouds rolling and the rain slash against the windows, I can say that Malmö’s skyline never fails to impress. From my window, I can see the silhouette of grand, swinging cranes; the steady spin of wind turbines; the peaks of mosques and cathedrals and the glittering beam of the Turning Torso, all dotted between dense greenery and big brick housing blocks.
Malmö’s skyline, to me, is as dynamic as its culture. Two weeks ago, my fellow Australian’s and I were lucky enough to visit the old town hall in Stortorget, where we met the Mayor, Kent Andersson. Kent painted a picture of Malmö’s large-scale and magnificent transformation over the past 15-20 years. From a primarily industrial city, Malmö is now a city of great culture, education, multiculturalism, sustainability and movement.
My intern ship at the stadshuset (city hall) has given me incredible access to the ‘behind-the-scenes’ of Malmö’s development. I have had the privilege of meeting with the various branches of the Department of Integration and Adult Education, the Department of Culture, a local NGO ‘Malmö against Dicrimination’ (http://www.malmomotdiskriminering.se/), and with ‘arf’, an annual anti-discrimination film festival (http://www.arfarf.se/).
I look forward to learning more and more about this beautiful city and though I’m not sure whether Malmö’s skyline will ever be as iconic as say Manhattan’s, it feels pretty spectacular to me.