You want to leave your old life behind and have decided to move to Sweden? Then you will certainly have already made some ideas and plans how your everyday life will look like in this Scandinavian country.
For sure you know from previous moves that this unfortunately also means a lot of effort. In addition, if you move to a place of residence outside of Switzerland, you have to consider some other things.
We have created this article for you, so that you know what you have to pay attention to. Then you won’t be faced with any unplanned challenges.
Popular cities to live in after your move to Sweden
Sweden offers a number of interesting cities in which you can live in the future. Especially the three largest cities – Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö – are also home to many other foreigners.
Of course, besides these, there are other places where you can settle down. However, we will not go into all the cities and regions, otherwise this would unnecessarily drag out this article.
Malmö is the third largest city in Sweden and home to people from all over the world. This is not least due to the fact that the inhabitants of Malmö are extremely hospitable and like to get to know other cultures.
Above all, the architectural buildings in Malmö will certainly inspire you. In the old town you will find an old castle, while things are a bit more modern at the city’s harbor.
The second largest city in Sweden, Gothenburg, is also a great place to live. Particularly impressive is the relaxed flair that the citizens of the city display. One of the highlights is the 17th century promenade. The culture is mainly characterized by young people. This is not least due to the fact that many students live in Gothenburg.
The Swedish capital Stockholm has the most inhabitants of all cities. Accordingly, it is also multicultural. The city area is spread over a total of 14 islands. That is why Stockholm is nicknamed “Venice of the North” and “Beauty on the Waterfront”. In addition, there is an architectural mixture of tradition and modernity that is incomparable to any other city.
Local dishes you should try after moving to Sweden.
Most of the dishes you can try in Sweden are made of healthy and regional products. Many traditions regarding preparation even date back to the time of the Vikings. Especially fish is often on the table in this country in Northern Europe.
One of the most famous dishes in Sweden is undoubtedly “Janssons Frestelse”, which translates as “Jansson’s temptation”. It is a creamy gratin of potatoes and fish. Swedes especially like to eat Jansson’s Frestelse at Christmas.
Also typical for Sweden is the so-called Knäckebröd. For many centuries, the specialty called Knäckebrot in German has been one of Scandinavia’s culinary achievements.
In addition, the Swedes have a real sweet tooth. This is particularly evident in the Kanelbulle, the Swedish cinnamon buns. Especially for this sweet temptation, there is even Kanelbullens Dag on October 4.
The undisputed number 1 most famous Swedish dish is Köttbullar. It consists of meatballs, which are prepared with ground beef, breadcrumbs soaked in milk and onions.
Do you need a visa to move to Sweden?
Most countries require you to apply for a visa if you plan to stay there for an extended period of time. The same is true for taking up a job.
However, Sweden and many other EU countries make an exception here. There is a bilateral agreement between Switzerland and these EU countries. This means that you can stay in Sweden completely without a residence permit for as long as you want.
The only thing you need is a valid identity card. With this you are allowed to enter Sweden and even leave again if you want to. If you need to apply for a new ID card, you must contact the Swiss diplomatic mission in Sweden that is responsible for you. Its address is:
Embassy of Switzerland
114 27 Stockholm
If you are working in Sweden, you do not need to worry about health insurance and other social security. These are regulated by the Swedish government. As soon as you start working for a Swedish company, you are automatically part of the Swedish social security system.
Now you have received a set of information on how to start a new life with your move to Sweden. You now know if you need a visa and which places are most popular with other foreigners. In addition, we have revealed which culinary delights you should definitely try once you start living there.
At the beginning, you will notice that Swedes are rather reserved in their temperament. However, after a short time you will open up once they have gained trust in you.
Do you still have some questions after this article that we have not answered? In this case you are welcome to send us a message. We will answer promptly and support you in your move to Sweden as best we can.