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Sweden is famous for the high quality of life it offers its residents. Indeed, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s annual Better Life Index, Sweden is the world’s top performer in environmental quality and well above the international average in social connections, health status, civic engagement, subjective well-being, education and skills, work-life balance, health status, jobs and earnings and housing. Sweden is also known for its stunning natural beauty in the form of wild forests along with thousands of kilometers of coastline and an almost infinite supply of inland lakes. In addition, Stockholm, the capitol city, is considered to be one of the most attractive urban centers in Europe, replete with fine restaurants, cafes, clubs, shopping malls, cinemas and impressive cultural institutions. Navigating, doing personal business and shopping retail are all fairly easy for the expat given that an estimated 86% of the population are fluent in the English language.

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Cost of Living

Cost of living

The high quality of life Sweden does not come cheap for the expatriate. Indeed, according to Xpatulator’s July 2016 report, the cost of living in the Netherlands significantly exceeds the international average. The higher expenses becomes apparent when one purchases housing accommodations, transport, healthcare, groceries, clothing, restaurant meals, hotel accommodations and retail recreational activities. Clearly, if a western expat desires to relocate to Sweden, he or she is encouraged to negotiate a generous compensation plan that is commensurate with the local living expenses.

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Surprisingly, Sweden has a much milder climate than most other countries that lie as far north. Most of Sweden has a temperate climate, with four distinct seasons throughout the year. It has a generally dry continental climate being cold in winter and warmer and sunnier in summer. Winter temperatures vary greatly from south to north and all of the country can be covered in snow apart from the southernmost tip.Summers are generally warm with the temperatures being more even throughout the country. Roughly, the average summertime temperature is between 14 and 17 degrees Celsius, and the winter temperature averages are between – 4 and zero degrees Celsius, but extremes in some parts of the north can fall as low as – 30 degrees. The northern part of Sweden has continuous daylight/darkness in the summer and winter seasons, however the south does not experience this.

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Visa Restrictions

Visa Restrictions

If you are a European Union National you have the entitlement to work in any European Union member country without needing to obtain a work permit. The only exception to this is if you are planning to work in Croatia where some restrictions can apply. However you should still investigate the consequences of working and the effect this will have on your benefits (health insurance, maternity/paternity, pensions, occupational accidents and diseases, death grants, unemployment, early retirement, family benefits), and the implications of where and how much tax you pay. The European Union offers this Tax advise at its Your Europe website. Once you have been in an EU country for more than 3 months you will be required to register your residence and obtain a residency permit.

If you are not a European Union National then you will require a work permit. The requirements for this often differ depending on your Nationality. For the latest up to date information for entry please visit the Government Offices of Sweden  website.

Safety and Security

Safety and Security

The political and security status of countries around the world is constantly changing, to keep up with the current situation in any country please monitor the relevant Government websites and international news. The links below also provide useful indicators for prospective travelers:

The UK Foreign Office      US State Department     BBC World News     Al Jazeera       The Local

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