Living in Sweden

When you move to Sweden, one of the first things you will probably recognize is the egalitarian spirit prevalent in the country. While Sweden used to be a significant military power throughout the 17th century, it has, in fact, not participated in a war in over two hundred years.

Once you arrive, you will discover that there is a lot more to this Scandinavian country than the welcoming nature of its citizens. Beautiful archipelagos, breathtaking coastlines and vibrant cities await expatriates in Sweden.

 

People and Culture

Sweden is famous for its calm and often introverted people. What many expatriates moving to Sweden perceive as shyness, however, mostly stems from a strong sense of politeness and rationality. Although most Swedes do not like to draw attention to themselves, individualism is strong, especially among younger generations.

You may soon realize, though, that the younger generation is not that large in Sweden. In fact, at the age of 41, Swedish people have a rather high median age with a high life expectancy to boot. Sweden’s population itself is not that big, though, with only a little over 9.7 million inhabitants. That’s why you will find a lot of open space, and peace and serenity when moving to Sweden.

 

 

Housing

  • There is a massive housing shortage in Sweden with inflated rents, because the demand in certain locations where industries are located is very high. Due to this we aim to help you with housing and make your relocation process as smooth as possible.
  • There is nothing available in central locations and there is a waiting list of minimum 4 years to get a flat from housing developers who rent apartment.
  • Landlords will only rent a place for a person who has a Person ID. In order to get a Person ID, you need to have a residential address in Sweden, hence we need to provide you with accommodation for the first months. We will prepay a deposit and the first month rent for you, which then will be deducted from you wages.
  • To get a Person ID will take you 3-6 months.  When you get the Person ID you can decide to look for your own apartment, however be prepared to pay double cost, as there is an immense shortage of places. Based on the statistics there are about 150 people for 1 apartment in Sweden.
  • Please, be aware some landlords do not allow pets in the flat.  If you decided to bring a pet with you, please be aware the pet needs to have a valid passport and be mentioned on the application.

 

Daily living break down based on single person per month:

  • Rent: 7000-13,000 SEK (20-35 square meters)
  • Travel 1600.00 SEK 
  • Work lunch at local cafes: 1600.00    
  • Food at Home 6000.00 SEK
  • Going out weekends 8000 SEK 
  • General Expenses: 5000 SEK

 

 

 

Languages:

  • It is necessary to learn Swedish. Once you learn local language you will establish yourself with the customer and that will help you to promote yourself within the organisation.
  • German is also a good option, so you will have an extra skill, which can open the doors to a long-term career in Germany with customers like Daimler, AUDI & BMW.
  • For married people a partner must have a good level of English to protect herself/himself on daily living.

 

Useful Links:

  • Living in Sweden Guide: Link
  • Local News in Sweden in English: Link
  • Work Permits for Sweden Information: Link
  • Tax Information in Sweden: Link
  • General Information about Sweden: Link
  • Find an Apartment in Sweden: Link