Sweden is a great place to live with its kind citizens, excellent public services and corporate culture that encourages people to have a good work-life balance.
Why Sweden in such an attractive place for work and living?
- 6 weeks paid Holidays!
- 480 Days Parental Leave
- Excellent Free Healthcare Services
Summer is Incredible
When you finish work at 5 you ‘ll have 5-6 hours of sun after work. That’s quality time for swimming, kayaking, walking, or picnicking (a national sport)
Green and Clean
All throughout Sweden the air is clean, there is tons of nature and the water is perfect for drinking and swimming.
Everything is functional and reliable
Swedes are obsessed with order. This means buses and trains will be on time (except when weather kicks in and all goes to hell) and most things will work the way they were planned hundreds of weeks ahead.
Work life is ridiculously comfortable
Jobs in Sweden seem designed to keep you as comfortable as possible. You will often see colleagues getting to work remotely with no questions asked or deciding their own vacation dates which is unheard of in most other parts of the world. Many companies allow their employees to leave after lunch on Fridays, others offer paid hours that employees can invest in wellbeing and fitness and at 5.05 PM offices look like ghost towns plus you will rarely hear from work on evenings or weekends. Bosses trust you and care about you and colleagues are often authentically interested in seeing you happy rather than competing against you. Few things can beat that.
It is unbelievably safe
Sweden comes as one of the safest places you can live on.
How about the Drawbacks? Okay, there are a few…but are they really that bad?
It really does get cold in winter
It gets dark very early and it does get very cold and snowy. The weather does not slow Swedish lifestyle, they are out and about all winter long: downhill ski, ice skate, play hockey, take walks, run, sled, drink coffee, and even put their babies outside to sleep in their carriages.
Taxes are high, but it pays off
Free Healthcare and Daycare, Free Education, Excellent Social Services and Benefits...just to name a few.
It can be tough to find a place to live
The waiting list to get a first-hand apartment contract (where you rent directly from the building owner rather than subletting from an existing tenant) in big cities can get pretty long.
Getting a personnummer is crucially important
Everyone in Sweden has a special government issued number called a personnummer. It is what allows you to apply for a bank account or a phone contract, and you will use it often – be it when you’re online paying bills or on the phone calling the tax office. The process is quite easy but it can also take some time, so it is worth putting it on the top of your to-do list when you arrive in Sweden.