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Thinking of moving to Stockholm? 

Sweden is an attractive country for students, families and professionals. With a beautiful capital city recognized among leaders in quality of life and sustainability, this is easy to understand why 150 000+ young professionals chose this city.

Wanna be the next one?

This page is here to help you in this process. 

Is Stockholm the right city for me ? 

Stockholm is a human-size city mixing high innovative capacities, a generous knowledge-sharing culture, and a life-work balance (Invest Stockholm).  

As a young professional, you'll certainly find your place in this world-class hub startups. You’ll have access to co-corking spaces, professional events and a growing number of angel investors.

 

If you are looking for a job, tech and innovation are definitely areas in in huge progression to consider. 

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We help young professionals to settle  

We know how challenging it can be to leave your birth country to start anew. We've been there before! Indeed, the Allihoop team is part Stockholmers, part internationals who did what you're about to begin. In that sense, we know the system, its issues and its tricks when settling abroad, and we want to help!

We provide co-living as a service for young professionals on the move. Everything is made to make the process of settling abroad easier. And it starts before moving! 

We reunited the most common interrogations that you may have prior starting a new chapter in Sweden in the following FAQ. 

Relocation FAQ

I intend to move to Sweden, what should I think about before moving ?


If you are a citizen of an EU or EEA member country, you automatically have the right to work, study, start a business and live in Sweden without the need to deal with the migration agency. Instead you need to contact the Swedish Tax Agency upon arrival to register yourself in the national population register and obtain a personal ID number. For non-EU citizens, the process is a bit harder. Unless you’re moving to study (for which a separate permit applies), you’ll need to apply for a work permit. It’s possible to apply for a self-employed permit as a non-EU citizen, but the requirements are strict. Once you have a job it is easy to open a bank account and most jobs cover health insurance as well.




How can I find accommodation ?


Finding accomodation can be challenging to say the least. It’s normal to feel anxious but we can give you some tips. Sweden is known for high prices, so if you’re on a tight budget, a good start would be to look outside the city center! The easiest way to rent an apartment as an expat is via Blocket Bostad. Careful though, always double check before signing or paying anything to avoid any bad surprises. Another way is to rent via Airbnb, as a temporary stay which gives you time to visit places after your arrival. Finally, there are many facebook groups (for example this or this) where owners post their apartments/rooms. If you're interested in living with a community. Please have a look on our co-living FAQ. You'll find plenty infos visiting our website pages.




I am moving on my own, I am scared to feel alone. What can I do ?


Don’t worry about that ! You’re not going to be lonely. First thing to know is that you are thousands of people living the same experience and that there are multiple ways to socialize. First, you can join different groups of expats on Facebook to make connexions. If you’re into sport and activities, subscribing in a club is always a good way to make friends. Most of people speak english in Sweden but another tip is to learn the swedish language. It can be a bit scary but actually, it will definitely help you to feel like you’re being part of the community and will make things easy to socialize with locals. Finally if living abroad on your own is a bit too much, why not choose co housing or co-living lifestyle ?




I am moving to Sweden, is Stockholm the best city for expats ?


If you’re looking or moving for job opportunities, Stockholm is definitely a good choice. The city is recognized for its progress in innovation, sustainability and development. Well being is also very important here. Plus, Stockholm has a lot to offer. Surrounded by nature with a beautiful archipelago, you will experience the true seasons of the north. It’s both a cosmopolitan and cultural capital with great places to enjoy some drinks and food and more importantly, a place to try the traditional... FIKA.




What does work-life look like in Stockholm?





Do I need to register in Sweden?


If you plan to stay in Sweden for longer than 12 months, you’ll need to register at the Swedish Tax Agency (Statteverket); It will make all administration processes much easier (for example, to open a bank account). You will need : - A Residence Permit that is valid for at least 12 months - To show that you can support yourself for at least 12 months - That you either have a private full coverage health insurance or that you are covered by the health insurance system of another EU/EEA country or Switzerland After registering with the Tax Agency, you’ll get a Swedish personal identity number (personnummer).




How can I open a bank account?


If you are going to stay for a long time here, you may need to open a bank account. Most banks will ask for your Swedish personal identity number so you may be registered first as a swedish citizen. Then, bring your passport, a certificate or letter of acceptance/employment from your employer, the document from the Tax Agency that confirms your personal identity number and your tenancy agreement to confirm your address in Sweden.




I want to learn swedish, where can I find a course?


SFI (Swedish for immigrants) provides free Swedish lessons for non-native speakers living in Sweden. As well as the language, you will also learn more about Swedish culture and society. All instruction is free, and after completing the course you will receive a diploma or certificate. Also, check out SIFA (Stockholm Intense Swedish for Academics) which offers a wide range of Swedish courses aimed at economists, lawyers, social scientists, engineers, architects, teachers, and professionals from other academic fields. In addition, there are private initiatives that offer language courses like Grow Internationals, Bee Swedish and Swedish for Professionals. Swedish for Professionals has also created a useful app which helps you to learn the articles of Swedish nouns by playing a game.




Where can I find a job?


Check out The Hub, Startupjobs.se, Uptrail, Plus Impact, Hacker News, which publishes a “Who’s hiring” thread the first of every month at 14:00 PST, and Stack Overflow, one of the world’s largest communities for programmers. Also, be sure to follow the Twitter account @movetostockholm and the activity on the hashtag #movetostockholm to stay updated about opportunities.




What does it cost to live in Stockholm?






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