Moving to Sweden From the UK: A Complete Guide
If you are thinking of moving to Sweden from the UK, then you’re in luck! This page contains all the information you need about moving to Sweden, including costs, checklists and tips. Read on and you will find yourself in the Elongated Country before you know it.
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The Cost of Moving to Sweden from the UK
While moving to Sweden from the UK leaves plenty to be excited about, we imagine that the expenses are somewhat less thrilling. So, let’s get this out the way first.
While there is no universal cost of moving to Sweden from the UK, we know a little bit of clarity can go a long way when it comes to moving house. That is why we have put together these estimates of moving to Stockholm from London, by road, for various sized properties. Learn about what makes up these figures on our international moving costs page.
|Property Size||Time||Average Cost|
|1-bedroom||9 – 13 days||£2,100 – £3,000|
|2-bedroom||3 – 5 days||£2,700 – £3,700|
|3-bedroom||3 – 5 days||£3,500 – £4,800|
|4-bedroom||3 – 5 days||£4,600 – £6,300|
|5-bedroom||3 – 5 days||£5,800 – £7,900|
However, before you get too comfortable with these numbers, it is important to note that the final cost of your move to Sweden will be dependent on several factors, most significantly the exact distance travelled and the volume of your move. Therefore, the only assured way of receiving accurate costs is to request free quotes from us.
Tip! Don’t want to spend hours measuring all your furniture? Use our handy furniture volume calculator instead, and you focus on the important stuff, like what to pack. The lowest temperature ever recorded in Sweden was -52.6C, so give that some thought before you fill your suitcase with bikinis and sun cream!
Moving to Sweden from the UK after Brexit
Unfortunately, moving to Sweden from the UK is not quite as simple as it used to be. If you are beginning your Scandi adventure before the end of 2020, then you are in luck. Moving to Sweden will not look all that different for you as you are covered by the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement.
However, if you are completing your move to Sweden after the 31st December 2020, then things are a little more complicated. While there is yet to be any complete clarity on the situation, our moving to Europe after Brexit page provides some answers.
Checklist for Your Move to Sweden
Unless you back yourself to remember all the nitty gritty of moving to Sweden from the UK, then strap in, because we are here to offer you a helping hand with this moving to Sweden checklist.
Before you head off:
- Choose an international removal company. Putting your possessions in the hands of someone else is stressful, so do your research before moving to Sweden. If you are not sure where to start, we have compiled a list of top international removal companies to help you out.
- Important documents. Gather all the necessary travel documents you require and pop them in a safe and accessible place.
- Pack. Unless you take ‘packing light’ to the extreme, this one is somewhat obvious. However, packing is an art. Read our expert packing guide if efficiency is your thing 😉.
- Bringing a furry friend? If you intend on taking a pet with you when moving to Sweden, ensure that it has been microchipped and had the necessary vaccinations and rabies tests. If not, they won’t be let in, no matter how cute they are!
- Taking a car? If you change your country of residence to Sweden, you have a week to re-register a vehicle previous registered in another EU country. To do this, visit the Swedish Transport Agency.
- Tax. Everyone’s favourite topic! Unless you fancy paying tax twice (thought not!) you must inform HMRC that you are moving abroad.
Did you know? With a tax rate of 51.4% of GDP, Swedes are among one of the most highly taxed populations in the world, but you don’t see them whinging about it. Rather, to the contrary- the Swedish word for tax is skatt, which translates as ‘treasure’!
Once you arrive:
- Get your Personnummer. This is your Personal Identity Number. Without it, you cannot reside in Sweden for longer than three months. Get this done ASAP, as you will also need this number to complete other tasks on this moving to Sweden checklist such as opening a bank account.
- Banking. We recommend setting up a Swedish bank account. If you are no an expert on Swedish banks (goodness knows who is!) then consider exploring some of the following options:
- Transfer money. Send over any pounds you have to your new bank account so that you have some local currency (Swedish krona).
- Driving licence. Especially with Brexit on the horizon, to ensure that you can legally drive once you move to Sweden from the UK, get your licence switched over.
- Healthcare. Much like the UK, the Swedish healthcare system is largely government funded, although private options also exist. For more information on this, and how your healthcare rights might change after Brexit, visit the government website.
Good job! You are now well on your way to becoming an authentic Swede. While this checklist provides the specifics of moving to Sweden, we also have a more comprehensive moving abroad checklist to tie up any loose ends.
For the meantime, if you are feeling a little overwhelmed by the seemingly never-ending to-do list ahead, take some comfort in this: Sweden is renowned for its environmental feats. In fact, the country has become so efficient at recycling that it even imports other countries’ waste. Sounds like we have a lot to thank Sweden for!
Living in Sweden as an Expat
Along with understanding how to move to Sweden from the UK, we also imagine that you want to paint a picture of what your Scandinavian adventure will look like once you are there. Read on for all you need to know about life in the Elongated Country.
The cost of living in Sweden
There is mixed news when it comes to the cost of living in Sweden. To get the bad news out the way first, once you move to Sweden, you can expect the cost of living to rise by 10.6%. However, this figure doesn’t account for rent, which is 10.7% lower, on average, than in the UK.
If your head is in a muddle, we don’t blame you, but we hope this table, which compares the average cost of various common goods in Sweden and the UK, helps you to budget.
|Metric||UK Average||Swedish Average|
|Monthly rent for a 1-bed apartment in the city centre||£750||£717|
|Price per square metre to buy in the city centre||£4,187||£45,87|
|0.5L of draught beer||£3.60||£5.85|
|1L of gasoline||£1.26||£1.35|
We hope that these statistics are not too disheartening. Remembering, while moving to Sweden may seem expensive, local purchasing power in the UK is 7.95% lower than in Sweden. Therefore, while you are likely to spend more, provided you are working, you are also likely to have more to spend! That, and we trust you to be thrifty 😎.
Housing in Sweden
Much like everything good in life, the Swedish housing market is highly competitive. The best way to find a place to live is through online portals, such as the ones listed below:
If you prefer more traditional methods, you can trawl through local newspapers and contact estate agents.
Naturally, the most expensive areas to live in once you move to Sweden are the big cities, namely Stockholm, Malmö and Gothenburg. So, if you are on a tighter budget, why not live out of the cities and explore Sweden’s vast natural landscapes instead. With 95,700 lakes and over 300,000 moose roaming free, there is no chance you will exhaust the Swedish countryside.
Working life in Sweden
If you are moving to Sweden from the UK, the chances are sourcing some kind of employment is likely to be a priority. The leading sectors in the Swedish economy are accounting, technology, metallurgy and the meat industry, so you are in luck if your skillset meets any of these. If you are still in search of work upon your move to Sweden, the following portals will be of use to you:
Note: while Swedes nearly always have impeccable English, some kind of command, or occasionally even fluency, is often required in workplaces.
In terms of working culture, while hierarchies are often strict, stressa inta för mycket (don’t stress too much)! There is emphasis put on ensuring a healthy work-life balance, with particular importance given to the fika (coffee break).
We hope that you are feeling a little more in the know about moving to Sweden from the UK. While uprooting your home is inevitably stressful, it is important to remember that moving to Sweden is ultimately something to be excited about!
If you are still itching for some more answers, the Sirelo website is here to do our bit. In particular, the following pages are likely to be of use to you:
- Moving Boxes: how and where to find them.
- Container Shipping Costs: all the rates and information you need.
- Moving During COVID-19: is it still possible?
In the meantime, sit back and relax, you got this 😉 Oh, and don’t forget to try glögg once you are there: a Swedish delicacy which involves pouring mulled wine over aquavit and then set aflame!