Migrating to Sweden
If you are thinking of migrating to Sweden this year. The country is becoming an increasingly popular expat destination. People are drawn to the prosperous lifestyle it offers, along with its liberal values and the many economic opportunities. It offers one of the highest standards of living in the world, but is also a relatively expensive place to live. It has an excellent record for providing extensive social welfare and has traditionally attracted many immigrants, particularly refugees and asylum seekers, and more than 12% of the population is now foreign-born.
The Swedish economy has remained stable during the global financial crisis and there is now a reasonably healthy job market. Opportunities are likely to be found in IT, energy and the media. Sweden does have a high tax rate compared with the UK, and salaries are fairly modest, however, expats with a residence permit will have the benefits of a high quality of education, healthcare, excellent childcare and security.
Property prices if you are thinking of migrating to Sweden
Most expats choose to rent a property and finding accommodation can be challenging, especially in larger cities such as Stockholm, which has a considerable housing shortage.
The following site has a selection of homes for sale: Property Portal
You can expect to pay an average of 84,300 Kr per square meter for an apartment in a city centre. If you choose to buy a property, there are no restrictions to stop foreigners and property prices are lower than many other European destinations.
Schools if migrating to Sweden
Public education is Sweden is free for all children between the ages of seven and sixteen and is considered to be superior to many other European counties. Expats, particularly those who only intend to stay in Sweden for the short-term, usually choose an international school, which will offer either a British curriculum or the International Baccalaureate (IB).
The following site has a selection of international schools: Schools Portal
Local Information if migrating to Sweden
When you first move to a new city, finding your way around the local taxes and requirements can be daunting, a quick visit to the following website can help you on your way: Banking & Tax Information
Travel if migrating to Sweden
The public transport system in Sweden is safe, clean and very efficient. It is always punctual making travelling around the country a very different experience from here in the UK. If you choose to own a car, the road networks are excellent and driving is considered safe and E-class highways are usually congestion free.
All cars must have their headlights on at all times of the day and night and the standard speed for roads outside of built up cities is 43 miles per hour unless signposted otherwise.
Currency Conversion If Migrating To Sweden
The currency in Sweden is the krona (SEK). One krona is equal to 100 öre, and the plural for krona is “kronor”. While prices in Sweden might be quoted using öre, they are rounded up, since öre coins are no longer in circulation.
When moving overseas making sure you get the best exchange rate possible is essential to starting your new life on a sound footing. White & Company has an exclusive arrangement with The FX Firm.
Simply call us on Tel: 01494-857672 or follow the link to see what additional monies you will receive compared to using your high street bank and to set up a free account. https://www.whiteandcompany.co.uk/foreign-exchange/
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