Sweden is a highly digital country so when you move to Sweden there are lots of things you will need to know. To try and make it easier for you, we have made this page with some tips.
This is almost always step one. Sweden’s Migration Agency (Migrationsverket) handles issues relating to immigration, visas, permits and citizenship.
Maybe you already secured the necessary residence permit required to legally reside and work in Sweden before arriving – through a job, family, or for study purposes. But you may still want to locate your nearest Migration Agency field or head office in case you need to renew permits.
If you move to Sweden from abroad and plan to live here for one year or more, you will usually be required to be listed in the Swedish Population Register. This means you will be registered as resident in Sweden. The Swedish Tax Agency will record details such as your name, address, date of birth and civil status. Once you are registered as resident in Sweden, we will give you a Swedish personal identity number. The Swedish Tax Agency decides whether or not you meet the registration requirements.
In order to be registered in Sweden and aquire a Swedish personal identity number you need to fill in an application (Swedes love these!) to report you moving to Sweden. You can fill out the application here, we’re sorry that the link goes to a Swedish page but you can choose English right away (we just can’t link to it).
But while you wait on a Personal Identity Number you can get a Coordination number so you can get started on your bank account and other necessities.
Sweden is at the forefront of the digitalisation of the payment market. Among other things, this is because fewer and fewer people in Sweden are using cash while more and more payment solutions are emerging. For example, it is becoming more common to use a mobile to make payments.
A lot of stores and restaurants in Sweden are cash free and only accept digital payment. So when moving to Sweden having a bank card is important.
Electronic commerce and mobile payments, such as Swish, are becoming increasingly common. Other payment applications such as Apple Pay and Google Pay are also becoming more popular.
Most Swedes use Bank ID as their electronic ID but this only works when you have a Swedish Personal Identity Number.
Download the app and thank us later!
Sweden has 480 days of paid parental leave with each child! These days are meant for you to enjoy time with your child, because on top of the 480 days paid parental leave you are entitled to 120 paid days off a year to do so through the VAB system (vård av barn in Swedish, meaning care for children).
Daycare in Sweden is also one of the most comprehensive and generous systems in the world, with each family only paying a fraction of what they make, capped at a top rate of approximately €150 euros a month for the first child, and a reduced rate for each subsequent child. Daycare is also available for students in Sweden with children.
Make sure you are insured through Försäkringskassan so you can use this benefit.
If you have children, investigate the different options available and get in touch with your local city council to begin the enrollment procedure. Boden Municipality only has online application for preschools and schools in Swedish.
Don’t wait until the previous steps are completed. Begin today!
A basic understanding of Swedish will make it easier for you to find your place in Swedish society. Once you have a Swedish personal identity number, you can sign up for free Swedish courses arranged by the government programme Swedish for immigrants (SFI).
If you’re planning to drive in Sweden, check up on whether you can use your current licence (körkort) or if you’ll need a new one. Familiarise yourself with Swedish road rules, signs and parking regulations.
After one year as a resident, you are usually required to obtain a Swedish driving licence. For that, you contact the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket).
If you are going to work in Sweden but are not registered here, you need to register with Försäkringskassan. If you are going to be here for at least one year, you need to register your address at the Swedish Tax Agency so that you can be registered.
Sweden has a social insurance system to provide financial security during different stages of life. It includes social insurance benefits for families with children, people with a disability or illness and the elderly. For example, compensation for sick leave or care of children (vab in Swedish). The system is publicly funded through taxes and dues.
To get full access to the generous Swedish Health Care system you need to have a Swedish Personal Identity Number and that takes time. If you are citizen in an EU/EES country you have access to emergency healthcare at the same costs as a Swede. If you are from a country outside of EU/EES, you have access to healthcare but you usually have to pay the whole cost yourself. So when you move to Sweden, make sure to be insured!
Children and young people under the age of 18 are entitled to the same healthcare and dental care as other children living in Sweden. Such care is largely free for children but it can vary depending on where you live. Medication for children is free if you have a prescription from a doctor.