Are you moving to Sweden? – What are the essentials Tips for living in Sweden
1. Learn Swedish
Even though we live in a globalized world and several people speak English very well in Sweden, you must learn the Swedish language if you plan to settle permanently. In as much you do not speak Swedish, you will feel strange in many ways; it will be challenging to communicate and integrate with the locals and find a job.
2. Enjoy the outdoors
Despite the sometimes harsh weather, Swedes enjoy exploring the outdoors, whether hiking, snow skiing or skiing. Winter can be frigid, especially in the north, but summers are sunny and hot, with extended hours of daylight. Sweden has beautiful scenery and cities to explore.
3. Cost of Living
The cost of living is much higher in Sweden than in the United Kingdom. Alcohol tax is too high, and buying food will also cost at least 20-30% more than buying food in the UK. It will not be easy to live a comfortable life if your budget is minimal. Still, once you find a job, your salary will also be above average in the UK, and there is a lot of more comprehensive social security when it comes to unemployment, sick leave and parenting.
4. Learn more about Swedish society
Sweden is one of the most developed luxury countries in the world. Although the state has adopted many neoliberal policies in recent decades, you will find that society as a whole supports the idea of equal opportunities, a fairer income distribution, and will accept higher taxes. Sweden also led the way in the 1960s and 1970s by promoting gender equality and many liberal social policies.
5. Know your destination
Cities like Stockholm, Malmo or Gothenburg are quite different from the smaller cities in the north. Before you settle permanently in Sweden, you should know as much about your destination as possible and try to visit it. Winter can be particularly long, dark and cold in the north, so if you think this climate is not right for you, try moving to the south parts and larger cities.
6. Discover the country
Once you are in Sweden, explore the country and travel as much as you can. The major cities, Gothenburg, Malmo and Stockholm, offer a different atmosphere, and there is no shortage of things you can do, whether you are interested in gastronomy, culture or architecture. You can also choose to explore the countryside – coastline with thousands of islands, Swedish Lapland or sandy beaches in the south.