How to live in Sweden here is Complete Guide. Do you want to live outside Brazil? So you’ve probably thought about packing your bags and going to Portugal, Canada, the United States or other better-known countries in Brazil, right?
Below are Complete Guide on How to Live in Sweden
But have you ever considered living in a country with one of the best qualities of life in the world? Yes, I’m talking about Sweden and today I come here to tell you how you can start to organize to live here!
Visas to live in Sweden
To live in any country legally you need to know how visas work, right? I have already written a text about visas for those who want to live in Sweden, but here are some more tips. Who wants to live in Sweden can get a visa basically four ways.
You will need to be accepted by a higher education institution here in Sweden to obtain this type of visa. Bad news: only language courses do not qualify for a student visa as in other countries.
You will need to be recruited by a Swedish company. It will have to face a certain bureaucracy, pay taxes and even justify why it is bringing someone outside instead of hiring someone who is already in the country, so here is a very important tip, capriche VERY in your resume, and remember that here English is not differential, since the majority of the population speaks the language. Try to invest in learning Swedish and other languages. Find out which languages are important in your area here.
Family bond visa
You must have a relationship with a Sweden or someone who already has a permanent residence visa.
You can apply for asylum in Sweden if you are a victim of persecution or if you are treated inhumane in your country of origin. In addition to cases related to war or religious persecution, asylum also applies to people who suffer persecution and risks related to sexual orientation or gender identity, for example.
The best cities to live in Sweden
The meaning of “best” is a very relative thing, right? What’s best for me is “better” is not necessarily what is “best” for you, right? So I will not tell you what are the “best cities to live in Sweden”, but I’ll give you some tips.
Stockholm (and vicinity)
It is the largest city in the country, so there you will find a greater variety of products, services and jobs. Other major cities in Sweden: Gothenburg, Uppsala and Malmö. Click here to see a raking of the largest cities in Sweden (in Swedish).
The cost of living in large cities is higher
The cost of living in general is higher in larger cities (as in other countries) especially when it comes to renting or buying a property.
Tip: If you are going to live in a region like Stockholm, it might be a good idea to live outside the center if you do not want to or cannot spend a good part of your salary with rent or parcels of your house or apartment.
There is employment outside big cities
In addition, although there is a greater job offer in the large cities of Sweden, do not underestimate the smaller cities, especially if you have some differential.
Example: I live in a city in the north of Sweden with about 34 thousand inhabitants. Here is one of the biggest companies in the country in the mining industry, i.e. if you have a good resume, it is not impossible to get a pro job here. Find out where the companies that interest you are.
Talk to people who already live in the cities where you would like to live
Facebook is full of groups of Brazilians living in Sweden, so enjoy! In general people are helpful, just be cordial, remember the difference of time zone when sending some question and not abuse the goodwill of others (unfortunately I’ve seen this happening several times).
Oh, talk to several people. The more the merrier.
How much does it cost to live in Sweden?
The cost of living in Sweden is high, but if you win in the local currency your pocket will not hurt that much. Here in Sweden there is no minimum wage, Even if there is no minimum wage in Sweden, people here earn an average of 32,800 kr / month (+ -R $ 12,500 / month), but of course this before taxes is discounted. Sweden’s official website estimates that a single person with no children spends an average of 12,410kr / month (about € 1,270), and you can read more about the cost of living in Sweden .
Is Sweden a perfect country, a paradise?
Sweden is a wonderful country and I love living here, but do not think Sweden is a paradise and everything is perfect here. I know that with the current situation that Brazil is in, many people tend to think that just going to live to be free of all kinds of problems, but I assure you one thing: there is no country that is perfect. Each place has its advantages and its problems.
Advantages of living in Sweden
Living in Sweden for me has more advantages than disadvantages, of course. Here I have access to state-of-the-art teaching at a great university without paying anything for it (“only” my taxes, of course).
In fact, since I arrived here I have had access to the education system without having to pay anything for it: courses in Swedish, English, social sciences, history of the country, private law and more, besides my graduation.
Moreover, here in Sweden I have access to a public health system which, while not being perfect, at least to this day has never left me in the hand.