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One of the world's richest countries, Sweden is a top destination for expatriation. It is known for providing the best living standards to its inhabitants thanks to its high per capita income.

Its export oriented economy is rather promising for expats in terms of career prospects. By moving to Sweden, you will discover breathtaking landscapes, interspersed with virgin forets, frozen lands and Viking traditions.

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Sweden is an extremely popular market for expats, famous for great working conditions, gender equality and a good work-life balance. If you are planning to live and work in Sweden, you should be aware of the state of the labour market in general and in your area — as well as the requirements and formalities needed based on your nationality. Generally speaking, EU nationals will have a much easier time finding work in Sweden than third-country nationals. However, Sweden has many tools in place that will help facilitate your search. 

Proudly called “the capital of Scandinavia”, Stockholm is a metropolitan city that always attracted expats. As a global tech and talent hub, Stockholm provides not only quality of living to its inhabitants, but also many professional opportunities and appealing wages. Job hunting in Stockholm will be extremely competitive, but then again the opportunities are also many.

Sweden's second biggest city after Stockholm, and one of the largest in all of Scandinavia. Located in Västra Götaland County, Gothenburg has a population of 581,822 in the city centre, with more than 1 million people living in the broader municipal area. Founded in 1621, Gothenburg is famous for its port — which is the biggest port in the Nordic region. Gothenburg attracts many expats with its sustainable, open and multicultural character: currently, 23% of the people living in Gothenburg were born outside of Sweden. It’s also a growing city, so you should have no problem finding work as an expat. 

Located in Skåne county in the south of Sweden, Malmö is one of Scandinavia's first heavily industrialised cities which has developed greatly during the past era — especially in terms of infrastructure and architecture. Now a post-industrial, culturally diverse and sustainable destination, Malmö is Sweden’s third largest city. Its population of 333,633 comprises people from over 170 different countries, speaking more than 150 different languages. Thanks to its university, Malmö also attracts a younger crowd: currently almost half of the city’s population is younger than 35 years old. While the diverse environment makes it very easy for expats to navigate the labour market, you should keep in mind the city’s high unemployment rate.

Uppsala, located north of Stockholm, is the fourth biggest Swedish city. Despite having been around since 1286, Uppsala has quite a young, diverse and dynamic vibe — made possible thanks to its international University which has been attracting students from all over the world since 1477. Currently, one-fifth of Uppsala’s population of 205,199 are people born outside of Sweden (or people with parents born outside of Sweden); there are 51 languages spoken in the city. As a symbolic and historical city, Uppsala provides many professional opportunities to expats — however, its labour market is rather competitive.

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