Moving to Sweden

Last updated: September 4, 2019

If you’re thinking about moving to Sweden, we’ve got you covered. This page will explain everything that you need to know to prepare yourself for life in the land of IKEA. If you are moving and would like more information on removal companies, why not read our list of the top 10 international removal companies in the UK.

Your Moving to Sweden Checklist

When Moving to Sweden, there are a lot of things to think about! Which is why this section covers the most important things that you have to consider when moving abroad to Sweden! If you would like more help and advice on what you need to prepare, you can look at our moving abroad page, which covers 34 things that you definitely need to prepare!

Visas for Sweden

As a UK or EU citizen, you don’t need a visa to live in Sweden. However, we’re not sure how this will change after the UK leaves the EU in March 2019. If you are interested in learning more about this, read out Moving to Europe After Brexit blog.

Personnummer (Personal Identity Number)

When arriving in Sweden, your priority is to head to the local Skatteverket (tax office) and apply for a personnummer .This number is needed to carry out most tasks in Sweden, such as applying for jobs or opening a bank account and you’ll need it if you’re planning on living in Sweden for longer than three months.

Make sure you have the following forms prepared before moving to Sweden so you can complete your application:

  • Passport
  • Papers demonstrating your family situation, such as a marriage certificate, civil partnership
  • Birth certificates of children
  • Documents that prove your residence, such as a contract of your Swedish employer papers, lease or bank statements showing that you have enough own funds to live in Sweden.

This process only takes a few weeks, after which you can then expect the personnummer in the mail. Once you have received this, the process of emigration and registration is complete.

Moving to Sweden

Swedish Job Market

If you’re interested in applying for jobs in Sweden, then it is important that you have a basic understanding of the language as most companies will have fluency in Swedish as a requirement. Some of the main industries that people find work are accountancy, technology, hospitality, metallurgy, the meat industry and the IT industry.

Most international qualifications are recognised in Sweden, but professions such as medicine, dentistry and law have special authorities that will determine the relevance of your qualification in Sweden.

Here are some of the most common and best English job resources for Sweden:

Some things to note about the Swedish work environment is that there is some hierarchy and it is also common for individuals to work from home. The standard working day in Sweden is from 08:00 to 17:00 with a one hour lunch break and the Swedes also like to take long vacations.

Healthcare in Sweden

Another thing to consider before moving to Sweden is your healthcare. People in Sweden are living increasingly longer, which is mainly due to the largely tax-funded healthcare system. It is free for everyone and ensures that people have equal access to healthcare services. Here are the steps for signing up to the healthcare system:

  1. Obtain your residence permit
  2. Obtain your personnummer from the Skatteverket
  3. Visit your local Swedish healthcare centre, this is called a vårdcentraler

Private health insurance is also available for people who would like additional insurance support. It isn’t commonly used, but over the past few years the use of private healthcare in Sweden has been increasing.

Moving pets and cars to Sweden

If you’re moving to Sweden, you probably won’t want to leave your beloved cat or dog behind. Luckily, it’s quite easy to move your pet from the UK to Sweden! However, there are a few regulations that must be met first before you can do so:

  • Pet microchip – Your pet must have an up to date microchip to enter Sweden.
  • Vaccinations – Before moving to Sweden, make sure your pets are up to date with the latest vaccinations.
  • Rabies test – Must also be up to date.
  • Health certificates – Make sure you have all previous certificates of your pets health.

In some cases you may want to take your car with you as well. If you change your country of residence to Sweden, you have 1 week to re-register your vehicles previously registered in another EU country. If you need to re-register a vehicle previously registered in another EU country, go to the Swedish Transport Agency. Here you can find out more information about moving to Sweden with your vehicles.

Cost of Moving to Sweden

Size of HouseholdTimeCost
1 bed flat9-13 days£2,200 – £3,200
3 bed house3-5 days£3,400 – £5,000
5 bed house3-5 days£6,000 – £7,900

Above you can see the estimated costs of moving to Sweden with the entire contents of someone’s home from London to Stockholm by road. There are many factors that can affect the removal costs, but the two major ones are distance and volume. Moving your items by road is the cheapest way, but you can also choose to transport your belongings by air or ship them by sea. You can read our container shipping costs page for more information on container sizes and prices.

Our International Moving Costs page can give you a better idea as to how much your overall move will cost, however, the best way to find out how much your move will cost is to request removal quotes. You can fill out our free online form to request quotes from up to five removal companies. Also make sure to check out our removal quotes page for advice on how to pick the best removal quote for you.

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Living in Sweden

This section provides more information on what living in Sweden is actually like and things that you may not know. So, if you’re still unsure whether moving to Sweden is for you, read on!

Housing in Sweden

If you’re planning on finding a house to buy or to rent it’s going to be very challenging. The housing market in Sweden is very competitive, which makes it really difficult to find housing, especially in the big cities such as Gothenburg, Malmö and Stockholm. We advise you to start looking very early on to save you from panicking before your move date.

The best way to find housing is through online portals, although reading through local newspapers and contacting estate agents are also popular methods. Below you can find some online housing websites:

Moving to Sweden for the nature

Living Costs

Besides from the cost of moving to Sweden, you also have to consider what the living costs in Sweden are like. On average, Sweden does have a higher cost of living compared to the rest of Europe. However, this is proportionate to the average income in Sweden, so that makes up for higher living costs. Below you can find some information on the different living costs in Sweden:

City scoresCosts per city
CityQuality of lifePurchasing powerSafetyHealth careCost of livingPollution
CityCappuccino price1L milk priceOne dozen eggs priceThree room apartment rent
Stockholm£ 2,95£ 0,94£ 2,39£ 1.339,39

If you’re planning on moving to Sweden whilst on a budget, there are several ways that you can make your move cheaper. Read our cheap removals blog for some tips and advice on how to do this.

Education in Sweden

The education system in Sweden has two stages:

  1. Grundskola: From the age of 7-16
  2. Gymnasieskola: After Grundskola, students can choose a three year course, which can either be either preparatory or vocational courses.

Every child has a right to free education according to the Swedish Education Act. It also stipulates that children must attend nine mandatory years of schooling at the age of seven, so they must attend the Grundskola.

What now?

Now that you’ve discovered more about Sweden and have decided that moving there is the right step for you, you can begin to contact moving companies. The best way to do this is to fill out our free online form. This way we match you to the best removal companies that suit your needs and we can save you up to 40% on your move!