Here are some extra tips to help you get everything sorted out before you move:
Websites for looking for a home in Sweden
There is a shortage of rental housing in cities like Stockholm, Malmö and Gothenburg so allow time to find yourself somewhere to live. Buying property is relatively easier.
Here are some websites for finding rental accommodation:
If you are concerned that an advert sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Watch out for fraudulent property ads and fake landlords.
Check if your driving licence is valid in Sweden
You can use a foreign driving licence in Sweden but you MUST have it with you when you drive. Your driving licence must have a photograph of yourself on it or you must, when driving, also have a valid ID document with you containing a photo. Licences not in English, German or French need a certified translation and an international driving licence counts as a certified translation.
Longer term, licences from EEA countries are valid until they expire (although you can switch it for a Swedish one, which is useful as it has your personal number on it). Drivers from countries outside the EEA have a year once they are registered in Sweden to take the driving test in Sweden.
For more information, check out this site (in English)
Stock up on decent socks (seriously)
You are unlikely to see fitted carpet in homes in Sweden. Actually, we’ve never seen fitted carpet in a Swedish home! Swedes don’t wear shoes inside either so add wooden floors to much heavier use of socks and you’ll find your socks wear out much faster. So, take our advice and stock up on your favourite socks. Remember – they will be visible to everyone so choose ones you are happy being seen! This also applies to places like preschools and swimming pools – no shoes inside.
If you haven’t already downloaded it, get more tips and our great checklist here:
We are not really sure why...but baker Magnus Johansson has created a semla with a price tag of around 900kr. Around, because it has to be $101 to beat the price of one in New York. Watch food blogger Johan Hedberg taste-test it here and find out more on their Facebook page.
Each winter, someone usually comes up with a new form of the Shrove Tuesday buns - semlor. Last year, it got turned into a drink! Here is a film about it (in Swedish but not rally necessary to understand the talking). Let us know if you've tried it!
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Interesting bits and pieces about life in Sweden, including all-important song words.