Moving to Sweden
In terms of international removals, Sweden is a relatively short distance away as there are only 890 miles between London and Stockholm. However, no matter how close it is on the map, a move to a foreign country can seem daunting at first so it is important to choose a reliable and efficient removals company.
Moving and storage company Greens Removals regularly carry out international removals to Sweden and to other parts of globe. We are often requested for Scandinavian removals and have been helping businesses and householders move to Sweden including the cities of Stockholm, Helsingborg, Orebro, Goteborg, Malmo, Vasteras, Jonkoping and Uppsala for over 40 years. Our experienced staff are fully trained in international removals, so you can rest assured your move will run smoothly. And for added peace of mind we can tailor our services to suit your needs.
The Greens team have a reputation for reliable and trustworthy international removals to Sweden, as well removals to and from other parts of Europe and overseas. We are BAR (British Association of Removers) registered which means we adhere to their strict guidelines, so you can rest assured your possessions and valuables are in safe hands.
Greens offer a fully comprehensive removals service at competitive prices and will provide any combination of services for your international removals to Sweden. This may include a full packing or unpacking service, short or long term storage, a full or part load shipping service and/or air freight. We also pack, load and transport difficult or specialist items such as pianos, antique furniture, artwork, cars and motorbikes. For those who wish to pack themselves, we sell all types of packing materials to secure your household possessions.
A Full Load or Dedicated Service for international removals to Sweden - is a fast direct service where all your household items, possessions or office equipment are packed into one lorry and delivered door to door direct to your own home.
A Part Load or Groupage Service for international removals to Sweden - is for possessions that do not take up a full lorry load and can be grouped with other items going to the same area. This is cheaper for the customer because the lorry and transportation costs are shared, but it takes more time because the goods are transported to the warehouse first, to await the arrival of other items.
Moving to Sweden: About Sweden
Sweden is a constitutional monarchy and the current monarch is Carl XVI Gustaf who has reigned since September 1973.
The country has a very transparent government, strong equality and an excellent social welfare system. In fact it is considered one of the most democratic countries in the world.
Gender equality is very important here too, with many females represented in Parliament, and also a high proportion of working mothers in Sweden.
Ex-pats do find Sweden an expensive place to live compared to their home country and Sweden also has a higher tax rate. However, this is outweighed by the fact that incomes are much greater here which contributes a very good standard of living. Sweden has one of the highest standards of living in the world - and has a superb welfare state. The cost of living varies depending on where you live and prices can be higher in some of the bigger cities.
Sweden is also a very beautiful county and has acres of forests and thousands of lakes. The landscape is great for the outdoors type and there is almost every kind of sport represented here including football, swimming, volleyball as well as plenty of opportunities to indulge in outdoor activities such as skiing, long walks, camping and boating.
If you are settling in Sweden, whether it is for personal reasons, or as part of a job move, Greens removals can assist you with European removals and our aim is to make your move go as smoothly as possible.
Moving to Sweden: Population
Although Sweden is the third largest country in the European Union it has a relatively small population of just 9.4 million. Most people live in the urban areas with just 15 per cent living in the countryside.
Moving to Sweden: Climate
Sweden is not quite as cold as you would think, given its northern latitude. Winters are very dark, although there are long periods of daylight in the summer. For example, Stockholm can have 18 hours of continuous daylight in the summer but only around 5.5 hours in winter. Like Norway it rains often so in Sweden, don't forget to wear waterproofs.
Moving to Sweden: Religion
Most of the population of Sweden are affiliated to the Church of Sweden, an Evangelical Lutheran church. However, other religions co-exist freely alongside this. Only a tenth of the Swedish population feel religion is important to their everyday life.
Moving to Sweden: Languages and Learning
Swedish is the national language but English is widely spoken here. It is advisable to learn the language if you are moving to a different country because this will open up more doors for you and help ease you into your new life-style. Learning is embraced here and there is even a chance to learn the language free of charge if you sign up to Swedish for Immigrants (SFI).
Adult learning opportunities in Sweden don't just stretch to languages. There are plenty of other options too including night schools and seminars. You can learn anything from flower arranging to art, mechanics and music.
Moving to Sweden: Currency
Although it is an EU member, Sweden still has its own currency which is the Swedish krona.
Moving to Sweden: Employment
As Sweden is part of the EU if you are a British citizen you have the right to live and work in the country. However, you will need a resident permit which you can get from the Swedish Migration Board.
It is vital when you move to Sweden to register with the Swedish tax agency for a 'personnummer'. This will give you a unique ten digit personal registration number that is essential for many things including renting a place to live, getting paid, obtaining insurance, and registering with a doctor.
You do need to pay into an unemployment insurance programme while you are working in Sweden so that you are eligible for certain benefits should you lose your job. The fees and level of benefits vary according to the type of work you do and the insurance programme you select.
Moving to Sweden: Education
Schooling is compulsory from the ages of six to 16 years. High school is provided for students aged 16 - 19 years, but is not compulsory. Education in Sweden is free for children from the age of six through to completing university and there is a variety of choice depending on the interests and needs of your child.
In addition, affordable pre-school education is offered from the ages of one to the start of mainstream education.
Moving to Sweden: Health
Sweden has the longest life expectancy in Europe which in 2010 was 79 years for men and 83 years for women. The over 80's make up more than 5 per cent of the Swedish population which is mainly down to increasingly lower risk of strokes and heart attacks.
Everyone who lives and works in the county has access to healthcare as well as unemployment benefits and welfare. The healthcare system is taxpayer funded and is heavily subsidised. It also performs well when compared to other similarly developed countries.
Moving to Sweden: Additional Information
Sweden is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
Moving to Sweden Information