Emigrating to Sweden(2 Posts)
Just wondering if there's anyone here with any advice on how to go about emigrating from the UK to Sweden?
This may be a total pipe dream, but I'd love to hear stories or tips
Am I right in thinking if we can buy a property outright we can just move there? How does it work? My partner is self employed and could probably do what he does there just as well as here...
Thanks in advance
you can move within the EU and stay in your new country for 3 (I believe!?) months and then you have to show that you can support yourself.
Sweden is quite different to the UK, and it is a very big country. Have you been there? Have you identified the are where you would like to live? there are 3 "big city" areas, Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo. Quite a few medium sized cities (by Swedish standards!), many university cities e.g. Anything smaller than that will be either far away from anything or more like a sleeping town supplying a bigger near by city/town.
You should be able to just buy a property. In Denmark there are rules as to who can buy properties, but in Sweden there's a free for all. The buying process is easy and predictable (as opposed to the English way, when you never know when you'll be ready to move e.g.). Right now the market is quite overheated, more people than properties, so expensive (although obviously not London prices!). If you want to check out what places look like (quite differently made than UK homes I’d say) the best site is hemnet.se. Just fill out which area/town you want to look for and the size, price etc and off you go.
Once you’re there you’ll get free SFI classes (Swedish for immigrants) – don’t remember how long they are.
When it comes to living there, you didn’t say if you have any children, but if you do, you should be aware that about 95% of all children go to full time (more or less) daycare from the age of approx. 1 or 1.5 (massively subsidised, so you often pay no more than £120 for a month of full-time care. So there are few parents to meet up with if you choose to be at home. Parental leave is long and generous, however, and fathers take a lot of it. All my male friends, including lawyers, doctors etc., have taken at least 8 months off, sometimes a year. So the whole society is much less ‘the mummy takes care of the child’ oriented. After divorces the norm is that each parent takes the children 50% of the time. There are international schools in all big cities and a few more.
People say that Swedes are reserved – I ‘d say that once you get to know someone, you’ve got a friend, but it may take a bit longer than in the UK to start socialising. However, if you want to meet up with someone, don’t hesitate to suggest it, most people would love it, they just wouldn’t suggest it – yet!
There’s generally less ‘after work’ than in the UK, and many people are quite family oriented. Many people spend a lot of time outdoors, swimming is very important in the summer and many people go on weekend ‘hikes’ on the weekends.
In the big cities there are usually quite thriving international communities too.
Oh yes, there’s a really good book about Scandinavia written by a Guardian journalist called “The almost nearly perfect people”. I highly recommend it, think he has pinpointed quite a few truths about Scandoland!
If you have any more direct questions I’m happy to try to help you. I have lived in the UK for 10 years, but am probably about to move back soon. There are things I definitely prefer about Scandinavia (still a bit less consumerist, more equality for women, more outdoors, less crowded) but there are obviously drawbacks too (more “one size fits all”-attitude, e.g. when it comes to the expectation that everybody puts their children in day care from the age of 1.)
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