Moving to Sweden: An Ultimate Guide for Beginners

Moving to Sweden: An Ultimate Guide for Beginners

July 26, 2020 Off By Ludvig Hoel

Are you searching for a small country with a peaceful city life, the most beautiful landscapes, and topnotch living standards? There’s no option as perfect as Sweden. 

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Sweden is an excellent country for migration purposes. As of 2017, migrants made up nearly one-fourth of the entire population of Sweden. This figure is expected to rise in the years to come steadily. 

Though it’s a small country with hardly any influence in global politics, many migrants prefer Sweden for its peaceful lifestyle. No internal or external disputes, no major economic scandals, and no compromise on living standards. Sweden is a dream even for many people who live in first world countries. 

However, shifting to Sweden isn’t a one-off task. The country requires its citizens to maintain a proper code of conduct in all matters of life. Whether you’re applying for a work visa, student visa, or permanent citizenship, you need to learn the basics of living in Sweden. 

Here, we’ll take you through some important points to remember and practice while moving to Sweden. Whether you’re planning for permanent or temporary living, make sure you never forget these facts. Note them down and start practicing early!

Learning the Swedish Language

Swedish Svenska is a popular heritage of the Swedes. The Scandinavian ethnicities take pride in the language and prefer it over other languages. English, too, is a popular language. However, you can’t cope up in your day-to-day businesses using only English. 

Unfortunately, Swedish isn’t a language you can learn by just hearing people speak. Especially if you’re willing to relocate to Sweden, you’ll need to have an extensive understanding of the language. This will help you in nearly every aspect of Swedish life, from healthcare to jobs to studies to the residence and legal matters. 

You can find short courses in Swedish for foreigners. This way, you can get started with your life in Sweden rather easily.

Visa Conditions

Visa application form for Sweden is available via the internet. Due to the current pandemic, it may be a bit difficult for you to get your visa application approved. In any case, here’s what you need to send alongside your visa application form:

  • Copies of your passport. 
  • Proof of your ticket to Sweden as well as your return ticket.
  • Proof of subsistence. Whether you’re employed or a business owner, make sure you can sustain yourself for your stay.
  • Proof of health insurance.
  • Testimonial of your educational institute if you’re a student.
  • Status of your reservation in Sweden.

These are the most common requirements for your visa application. For any other additional documents, you may consult the Swedish government’s website or contact the Swedish embassy. 

Amidst the pandemic, there are restrictions on visa approvals. If you don’t have an urgent need, your approval might be delayed. However, it’s best to keep trying to get your approval from the embassy.

Citizenship and Residence

One way you can make your life as a Swede a comfortable one, us by having your own residence. But before that, you may have to fulfill the citizenship requirements. You have to be at least eighteen to independently apply for citizenship. If citizenship is for those below eighteen, they must sign consent forms and know someone in Sweden. 

Above all, you’ll be required to stay in Sweden for five years with proof of participating in daily activities. If you can prove that you abided by the Swedish code of conduct, you don’t need to face any difficulties. Once you get your citizenship, your next goal is your residence. 

Just like everywhere else, finding a place to live in Sweden can get rather tricky. The type of room, or apartment, or house you get depends on two things: your conduct as a foreigner, and the money you are capable of investing. Before you locate to Sweden, try to look up estate agents and government services in this regard. 

Initially, you may need to book a few hotel rooms or a guest house. In case you are unable to find a permanent residence soon, it’s best to move in with someone you know. You should take all the necessary steps to make your search as short as possible. In the meanwhile, make sure your budget supports your rent. 

Work Opportunities and Salaries

In terms of work opportunities, Sweden is a truly productive country. The work-life balance and workplace hygiene allow you to steadily strengthen your financial condition in the country. On average, a regular Swedish workplace provides a monthly salary of 2600 USD. 

However, as a foreigner, you may find it difficult to make ends meet if you don’t take your expenses seriously. As much as 30% of your income may go towards your rent alone. Moreover, the high standard of education, healthcare, and basic utilities mean that your workplace has to pay you well. If you’re self-employed, make sure you’ll be able to uphold the Swedish living standard.

Foreigners can explore a number of work opportunities in Sweden. You can work as a high school or vocational teacher, an engineer, IT expert, a pharmacist or chemist, university professor, or a medical professional. 

Whichever field you choose to pursue, make sure you have the right eligibility and experience. Try to search and apply for jobs online before you relocate permanently. Searching for work is definitely a hassle, but preparing in advance will save you a lot of time.

Ludvig Hoel
Ludvig Hoel is the owner and driving force behind Scandinavia.life. A native Norwegian with ties to Denmark, Sweden and Finland, he is the perfect guy to guide you through the delights of Scandinavia.
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