Moving to Sweden
Are you considering moving to Sweden?
There are many reasons why you might be considering moving to Sweden.
- First of all, the equality laws ensure that everyone is treated equally regardless of gender and sexual orientation, religious beliefs, age, ethnicity, or disabilities.
- If you are offered a job in Sweden, your partner and children can apply for residence permits when you apply for a work permit. As soon as you arrive in Sweden, your family members can work or study, depending on their age.
- The Swedish education system has been revamped in recent years and Sweden is climbing back up the international rankings for its education system.
- It currently ranks 6th in the international ratings and is number 2 for quality of life and citizenship, and 6th for open for business and entrepreneurship. So if you are an entrepreneur, think about moving to Sweden. The country encourages and values innovation. The Global Innovation Index shows this clearly.
- Sweden has an excellent welfare system, and healthcare, childcare and children’s education is free. You also get 18 months paid parental leave.
Drawbacks of moving to Sweden
The main drawback of moving to Sweden is the relatively high cost of living. (However, you don’t have to worry about your child’s education, your family’s healthcare or childcare.) Remember though that salaries and wages are good.
- If you follow this link, you can find out the exchange rates for your currency and the Swedish Krona. Currently 1 US Dollar = 8.77222SEK
- The climate may take some getting used to as Sweden is cold and only has a few weeks of good weather in summer. If you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), you could suffer from depression. Winters are dark, long and harsh. This means that you should make your international move in summer.
- It often takes some time to get to know Swedes, some people think that they are as cold as the climate.
- If you are used to living in a big city, living in Sweden could be a bit of a shock initially. The population of Stockholm, the capital city is just 0.8 million.
Before you go
International moving can’t be rushed. You have to do some very careful research into any country you propose moving to. Making an international move may seem like a great idea, but sit down and think carefully.
- Go for a holiday to Sweden, perhaps in spring or autumn. If you go in summer you might form a totally wrong impression about the country.
- Check out the prices for staples. At the moment, a 1lb (approximately ½ a kilo) loaf of bread costs 18.48 kr and local cheese, which you may or may not like, costs 37.64 kr per pound. A pound of potatoes would set you back 4.27 kr.
- Then of course, there are the utility bills, which average around 622.14 kr a month for a 915sq ft apartment. These bills are for electricity, heating, water and garbage collection services. Of course, Sweden only sends 1 per cent of its garbage to dumps.
- Then there’s rent to consider, and this varies depending on whether you are living in the city centre or outside it. For example, a one-bedroom apartment in the city could cost 7,163.44 kr per month whereas one outside the city could be rented for around 5,054.55 kr.
- Decide whether you need an international moving company to transport your belongings or not. Will you do your own packing, or will you need the moving company to pack for you? Do some research into moving companies and decide what type of service you require. Make sure you book well in advance.
- The Swedish Migration Agency along with the Public Employment Agency regularly compile a list of occupations that are in high demand. As it is only in Swedish, you will have to get it translated into English online. You could also visit the Eures website.
What to see in Stockholm
Visit Stockholm, Sweden’s capital city, but remember that although there is a lot to do there, you may be living out in the sticks. Here are some ideas for sightseeing in Stockholm: –
- The Royal Palace is open to visitors all year round. Sweden’s monarchs live there, and it is a culture-historical monument as well as a workplace. It is unique as far as Europe’s palaces go. Its architecture is Baroque. The Palace not only contains the Royal residence, but also three museums, so plan on spending at least a day there if you want to see everything. Follow this link to find out more about visiting times.
- Visit Vasamuseet, the home of the enormous warship Vasa, which sailed on its maiden voyage on the 10th August 1628. It is a massive 69m long and 48.8m tall. At the time, it was built it was the star of the Swedish navy. However, its glory was short-lived, as it sank within minutes because it was top-heavy. It was only raised in 1961. Its pieces were reassembled, and almost all of the ship visitors see today is original.
- Of all the museums in Stockholm, you really should see the Historiska Museet. There are skates dating way back to the Iron Age, a Viking boat, mediaeval textiles and a whole host of other exhibits, notably the Viking gold, and other plundered items. These are displayed in an underground chamber called the Gold Room.
- Walk around Stockholm Old Town and see what the city was like in the past. Compare it to the modern city.
- Go on the Original Stockholm Ghost Walk and Historical Tour for tales of vampires, ghouls and murders. It’s a 2-hour tour, and you’ll need sensible walking shoes as the streets are cobbled.
What to see in Gothenburg
Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden. It’s located just off the Göta älv river on Sweden’s west coast. There are lots of things to do and see in the city. If you enjoy walking and hiking this is the place for you. There are lots of green spaces, crags and islands to explore around Gothenburg.
- You can see all of Gothenburg if you take a hop-on, hop off tour of the city on a double-decker bus. Tickets are valid for 24 hours after they are first used. You can hop off the bus and onto a boat to cruise along the canals. Explore Haga and wander around Feskekörka, a fish market.
- Marvel at the architecture of the old churches in the city, and don’t miss the beautiful interior of Vasa church.
- Änggårdsbergen, a nature reserve, is only a short walk from the city centre. It’s a popular spot for popular hiking and mountain biking. There are winding paths to explore and breath-taking scenery.
- As Gothenburg is the music city of Sweden, try to take in a concert at clubs, concert venues and outdoor stages.
- Visit Tjolöholm castle, just outside Gothenburg. It’s a modern castle although it’s a blend of 14th century English architecture and Art Nouveau. It was built between 1898 and 1904.
What to see in Malmö
Malmö is Sweden’s third largest city, which is connected to Denmark by the Øresund Bridge which crosses the Øresund Strait. You get great views from the bridge, whether you are in a train or car.
Malmö is children-friendly so most of the tourist attractions are suitable for families.
- Malmohus has a wide range of exhibits, an aquarium, vivariums, the natural history museum, the castle and an art museum. Spend the day there with children. They love it.
- Stortorget, the main square in Malmö is just as many tourists imagine a Scandinavian square. It’s a good place to hang out, eat and shop. You can’t really avoid it if you are staying in Malmö.
- Kungsparken in Malmo is great for walking, or cycling and listening to the quacks of the ducks. There are swans on the river too.
- The Little Square in Malmö is picturesque, with its cobbled streets lined with old houses and restaurants. It’s a great place for eating and chilling.
- Relax in Slottstradgarden, a peaceful haven in the middle of the city. See the windmill and rent a boat. The gardens are beautiful at any time of year.
Wherever you decide to live in Sweden, international moving companies can transport your belongings. Try to move in summer though! Good luck with your international move!