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Living in Sweden guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in Sweden with the expat guide

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Generalities

General information
  • Located in Northern Europe, Sweden is a Scandinavian country which has been attracting many expatriates since a few years.

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Formalities

Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • Nationals of the European Union, the European Economic Area and of Switzerland generally do not need a permit to travel to Sweden.

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Visas

Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • Nationals of some countries do not require a visa to travel to Sweden while others have to apply for a visa beforehand.

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Work

Labour market, how to find a job
  • Located in the South end of Sweden, Malmö is the country's third biggest city. Many expatriates have been seeking career prospects in the region.

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  • Located in the North of Stockholm, Uppsala is very popular with expatriates by providing professional opportunities in various fields.

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  • Located in the South end of Sweden, comprising 33 municipalities, Skane is very welcoming towards expatriates looking for career prospects.

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  • Gothenburg, the second biggest Swedish city, provides many career prospects for expatriates, especially in the fields of high technologies.

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  • Stockholm, the Swedish capital city, attracts many expatriates who are looking forward to work in the country. Opportunities are available in many fields.

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Accommodation

How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • Located in Skane, in the South end of Sweden, Malmö is a popular destination with expats, but with a limited housing rental market.

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  • Being Sweden's 4th biggest city, located at 70 km North of Stockholm, Uppsala provides a range of accommodation for expats.

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  • Located in the South end of Sweden, is very welcoming towards expatriates. Accommodation is provided by individuals and municipalities.

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  • Gothenburg, which is one of Sweden's biggest cities, attracts many expatriates every year despite its limited accommodation rental market.

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  • Stockholm is with no doubt the biggest and most popular Swedish city, attracting many expatriates and providing accommodation for them.

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Study

Student visa, University registration
  • Over the years, Sweden has become a top destination for foreign students thanks to its quality education and prestigious universities.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • Foreigners planning to move to Sweden are advised to subscribe to a private health insurance, unless they come from the EU, EEA and Switzerland.

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Bank

Open and manage a bank account
  • If you wish to open a bank account in Sweden, you can choose among different banks. Relating formalities are rather simple.

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Tax

Tax system, income tax
  • By living and working in Sweden, you will have to pay different types of taxes, namely income tax, value added tax (VAT), etc.

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Transports

Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • If you are moving to Gothenburg, you can choose among four different means of transports to move around: bus, tramway, ferry and taxi.

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  • On moving to Malmö, you will have the opportunity to use several means of transports such as the train, bus, boat, taxi, bike, etc.

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  • As the Swedish capital city, Stockholm hosts a wide transports network including subway, buses, tramway, ferry, etc.

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  • Sweden, like its major cities, hosts a wide transports network which will allow you travel anywhere across the country at affordable rates.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • Nationals of some countries can drive in Sweden with their valid driver's license. Others may have to convert theirs into a Swedish one.

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Removal

moving, formalities and useful tips
  • Relocating to Sweden requires appropriate planning. It is better to hire removal experts who will take care of all related formalities on your behalf.

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Communications

Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • When moving to Sweden, it is wise to have a list of useful contacts within reach in case of emergency.

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  • Sweden hosts several phone and internet service providers. Some of them also provide cable TV in a single package.

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Leisure

Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • If you have chosen to move to Stockholm, the Swedish capital city, you will be entitled to several leisure activities, including museums, arts and sports.

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  • During your stay in Sweden, you will be able to enjoy several leisure activities such as visiting parks and monuments, sports, etc.

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  • If you are planning to travel to Sweden with your pet, the latter must have a valid health certificate and be vaccinated against rabies.

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  • The Swedish lifestyle is rather different from the rest of Europe. By moving there, you will discover a relaxed and family-oriented population.

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