Moving to Sweden
Are you considering moving to Sweden and need a reliable removals company to help you manage the move?
White & Company have been providing a European removal, packing and storage service for over 151 years and are members of both FIDI and Omni.
Why Move to Sweden?
Whether it be stargazing across the cloud-free skies at the Northern lights or enjoying the social tradition of Fika (coffee & cake), Swedish culture and life extends well beyond just meatballs and Ikea flat pack furniture.
Sweden is a progressive and forward thinking nation with excellent job prospects. It frequently scores high on indexes for quality of life and gender equality, making it an attractive destination for British expats.
An outdoors lifestyle is also part of the appeal. ‘Allemansrätten’, known as the right of public access, gives everyone the right to enjoy Sweden’s outdoors and roam freely – even on private land – and is actually written into the constitution.
Sweden has a reputation for being expensive and on average, consumer items and groceries are dearer than in the UK.
Renting is not cheap in Sweden and prices for buying property are even higher. Although, in most cases, not all, salaries are competitive, creating an overall cost of living balance.
Transporting My Effects to Sweden
Moving can be a very stressful experience. White & Company, with its decades of experience in the removal industry, can help make the whole process a lot less traumatic. White & Company move thousands of families around the globe each year. We have branches all over the UK and can arrange a free no obligation quotation, carried out by one of our qualified surveyors. He can answer any of the questions and concerns you may have. The surveyor will undertake a thorough survey, either virtually or in person, to determine the volume of effects you wish to move. Following which you will receive a written quotation.
Popular Areas in Sweden
Once you have made the decision to move, some of the questions you have may include:
Which area of Sweden would suit me best?
Do I want to live in the city on the coast or in the countryside?
How much will the property cost?
With Sweden being a short flight away from the UK, you can easily contact some of the local estate agents in your areas of interest. They will be happy to provide assistance, arrange viewings and help you with your questions. They can also help ease your concerns regarding the legal aspects of buying property abroad.
Below are some web sites, which may be of interest in your search for removals to Sweden:
White & Company Removal Services
Our teams across the UK are able to pack your valuable, fragile and bulky furniture. We use a modern range of environmentally friendly, purpose-made packing materials and can pack everything for you prior to your move. All china and glassware will be wrapped in special paper and then packed in double-thickness cartons. Furniture can be wrapped in bubble blanket for extra protection. Items requiring specialist care, such as antiques, can be packed in made-to-measure wooden crates.
We can also offer an unpacking service to unpack your belongings onto flat surfaces at destination. We will dispose of all used packing materials.
You may find you need to store some or all of your possessions prior to moving. Or you might be planning to have work carried out on your new home. We have 19 storage locations throughout the UK all providing secure containerised storage in personal dedicated storage containers. All our warehouses are clean, dry, secure and accredited to European standard BS EN 14873.
When planning your move, we know the cost of your removals or storage is important too. When you are ready, either fill in the White & Company extensive online estimate form for a quote. Alternatively, contact your local White & Company branch to arrange a no obligation home visit during which we will explain the process and provide you with an itemised quote.
Contacting White & Company
For further information on our removals to Sweden, or any other international destination, contact our international office on 01489 858769. Alternatively complete the form below with your details and we will contact you.
Working & living in Sweden
England is no longer part of the European Union, as such, immigrations laws have changed.
UK citizens must now obtain the appropriate permissions.
There are a number of visas and permits to suit different circumstances.
To find out which will apply to you,
The Swedish Embassy has all the information you need in order to apply for the correct visa/permit.
The Swedish labour market always needs skilled people, particularly in the ICT and engineering sectors.
Wages are competitive and holiday allowances are generous.
Swedes have a reputation for not being afraid to do things differently and recently conducted a two-year trial of 6 hour working days. As such you can expect a calmer, more measured approach to life in Sweden.
Taxes to subsidize generous policies like parental leave are quite high, but as a result it is widely considered to be a pretty good place to be a parent.
Employers are required to offer 16 months of paid parental leave per child, with your job available when you return and sick leave benefit.
Such policies have led to the rise in so-called ‘latte dads’ as more men are encouraged to take time off.
At first glance the housing market in Sweden can appear to be quite competitive and it is often relatively difficult to find adequate housing whether you are renting or buying.
Sweden also has one of the lowest house building rates in Europe, making it a more expensive place on average to purchase a property than the UK.
However, it might actually be more affordable than it seems at first glance when you take into account the fact that mortgage rates are lower and wage packets are generally larger.
Living in a big city like Stockholm, Gothenburg or Malmö, as opposed to a smaller city such as Halmstad, is also likely to have a significant impact on the cost of property.
For more information on purchasing a property in Sweden and for property listings see: https://scandification.com/buying-a-house-in-sweden-how-to-buy-a-house-in-sweden/
The official currency in Sweden is the Swedish Krona (SEK). Most credit and debit cards are accepted in Sweden and ATMs can easily be found across the country.
There is a good selection of local and international banks and opening a bank account is a simple and straightforward process.
Public transport is used frequently in Sweden and is an affordable option.
There are various types of transport available and tram networks operate in many of the main cities.
High speed train networks and an extensive array of ferries can take you to neighbouring Scandinavian countries and beyond.
If you are bringing your car with you check to see whether you can use your current licence or if you’ll need a new one.
It is also good practice to familiarise yourself with Swedish road rules, signs and parking regulations. Visit the RAC website, they provide everything you need to know about driving in Sweden.
In Sweden, school for children aged 6 to 19 is free of charge. In addition to paid leave, the government also provides an additional monthly child allowance (barnbidrag) until a child reaches the age of 16.
The free education continues into university for students from the EU, but fees apply to students from outside the EU/EEA.
Compared to the NHS, the largely state funded Swedish healthcare system does incur some additional charges. State subsidies are on offer however to make these and other aspects of life affordable.
Annual top-ups to see a doctor are unlikely to exceed £100 but you may wish to consider private healthcare, as many do, depending on your circumstances.
Swedes are widely rated as world number two at English as a second language. Having said that you will find it hard to get a job without at least a basic grasp of the language.
Signing up for Swedish for immigrants (SFI) or undergoing a course on a language app like Duolingo could be a step in the right direction.
It is also a good idea to check with Swedish Customs if you’re unsure of the rules regarding bringing a specific item with you – particularly food, medicine, tobacco and alcohol.
White & Company
European Removals since 1871
We recommend a personal visit, or a virtual survey be undertaken by one of our Surveyors for all European moves so that we can assess your requirements, and the volume.
Popular Places to Relocate in Sweden