Moving to Sweden From the UK
Have you found yourself idly walking through IKEA, wondering what life could be? Well now, you can make your dream a reality. This page will explain everything that you need to know to prepare yourself for moving to Sweden from the UK. If you are at the stage of looking for a removal company, then why not read our list of the top 10 international removal companies in the UK?
Costs of Moving to Sweden
How much does it cost to move to Sweden?
|Size of Household||Time||Cost|
|1 bed flat||9-13 days||£2,200 – £3,200|
|3 bed house||3-5 days||£3,400 – £5,000|
|5 bed house||3-5 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. Many factors can affect the removal costs, but the two major ones are distance and volume. As your removal to Sweden is already a great distance away, you can most likely save money by reducing the volume of your move. Many people underestimate the volume of their household. To avoid any surprises, use our free volume calculator tool to measure your volume now!
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. To know how to save money when transporting your goods by sea, read our page on container shipping costs.
Besides the basic “distance and volume” cost formula, there are a few less obvious costs that arise during an international move. To avoid any surprises, read our complete guide to international moving costs.
To know exactly how much your move will cost, you will need to request quotes from a moving company. If you will out the form below, we can connect you to 5 quality moving companies for free. Also, make sure to check out our removal quotes page for advice on how to pick the best removal quote for you.
Visas for Sweden
Do you need a visa to move to Sweden from the UK?
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. If you are interested in learning more about this, read our guide to moving to Europe after Brexit.
Personnummer (Personal Identity Number)
When arriving in Sweden, your priority is to go to the local Skatteverket (tax office) and apply for a personnummer . I know this doesn’t sound like the most fun way to spend an afternoon. However, trust me, this number is essential if you want to apply for jobs or even open a bank account. Plus, 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:
- Papers demonstrating your family situation, such as a marriage certificate, civil partnership
- Birth certificates of children
- Documents that prove your new address, 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 Checklist
Your life is already busy, and now you have to think about everything you need to complete for your house removal. It is perfectly natural to forget the most obvious of things. That’s why we have compiled a small checklist to help you organise your removal to Sweden.
Many tasks are universal when moving abroad. Feel prepared with our moving abroad guide, which covers 34 things that you need to complete for your move!
Finding a job in Sweden
If you’re interested in applying for jobs in Sweden, then you must 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.
Moving to Sweden without a job
Whilst the U.K remains in the E.U, you do have the right to move to Sweden without a job. Then, if you wish, you have the right to find a job once you are there. However, it is unclear if this will remain the same once the U.K leaves the E.U. Therefore, be sure to stay up to date by following the guidelines of the British government.
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:
- Obtain your residence permit
- Obtain your personnummer from the Skatteverket
- 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 pet’s 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.
Living in Sweden
This section provides more information on what living in Sweden is 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 difficult to find housing, especially in 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:
Besides 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||Quality of life||Purchasing power||Safety||Health care||Cost of living||Pollution|
|City||Cappuccino price||1L milk price||One dozen eggs price||Three 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:
- Grundskola: From the age of 7-16
- 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.
Now that you’ve discovered more about how to move to Sweden, be sure to check out the following pages if you have any more questions: