How to Move to Sweden

Moving to Sweden from UK | Removals to Sweden

How to Move to Sweden

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There are all kinds of reasons why people move to Sweden; it’s a country with a strong economy and a thriving tech sector. The quality of life in Sweden has been ranked consistently high, with great results achieved across education, crime prevention, and environmental sustainability. Not to mention the natural beauty of its landscapes, and world beating work/life balance. Tempted? Then, read on to find out how to move to Sweden.


Finding a Job in Sweden

UK citizens need to have a job offer from a Swedish company before they are able to move to Sweden to live. The job offer must include details of your salary and the period of your employment. Sweden is a great place for entrepreneurs so plenty of businesses are looking to make the move. In order to get a residence permit you need to commit to remaining in the country for at least twelve months.

Applying for a Work Permit In Sweden

Once you have done the heavy lifting of finding a job in Sweden, much of the subsequent work around securing your work permit is done by your employer. They will make the initial application, and you will be contacted subsequently by email.

If your application for a work permit is successful, and your contract is for more than 3 months, you will automatically receive a residence permit at the same time.

Registering With the Swedish Tax Agency

Once you have completed you move to Sweden, one of your first tasks should be to register with the Swedish Tax Agency. They will provide you with an identity card, and personal number which you will need in order to open a bank account, set up heath insurance, register for child allowance or apply for disability benefits.

Healthcare in Sweden

If you are considering a move from the UK to Sweden, it’s important to know about the healthcare system. Sweden is known for its high-quality healthcare services and strong commitment to ensuring the well-being of its residents. This is a brief introduction to the services it offers:

  • Universal Healthcare Coverage. Sweden has a publicly funded universal healthcare system known as “Vårdcentralen.” Under this system, anyone with a personal identity number is entitled to receive necessary medical care and treatment.
  • Primary Care. Primary healthcare services in Sweden are provided through local healthcare centres called “Vårdcentral.” These managing general check-ups, consultations, vaccinations, and non-emergency care.
  • Specialist Care. If you have medical condition that requires specialist treatment, Sweden has a well-developed network of hospitals and specialist clinics across the country.
  • Patient Fees and Insurance. Healthcare is largely publicly funded in Sweden, but there may be small patient fees for certain services, such as doctor’s visits, hospital stays, and prescription medications. These fees are usually capped to ensure that healthcare remains accessible and affordable. It’s advisable to inquire about healthcare insurance options to supplement any potential out-of-pocket costs.

Education in Sweden

Sweden’s education system is considered one of the best in the world. If you are moving to Sweden with your family, you should contact your local municipality to register for elementary and secondary school.

  • Preschool. Children are registered for preschool from the age of one, and the fees are designed to make it accessible for everyone. Around 80% of families with young children enrol them in preschool.
  • Compulsory School. From the age of 6-16 children are required to attend school, and education is free. All lessons are conducted in Swedish.
  • Secondary School. Schooling from the age of 16 is optional but the vast majority of young people remain in education until the age of 18.
  • International Schools. Families moving to Sweden from the UK with children may wish to enrol them in fee paying International Schools which teach in English.

Learning Swedish

Most Swedes speak excellent English. If you’re planning to live and work in Sweden, though, it’s far preferable to learn Swedish. You’ll find that even a beginner’s understanding of the language will improve your chances of meeting new friends, understanding the culture, and enjoying the time you spend there. Many local adult education centres in Sweden offer language lessons, or there are local groups where you can practice your language skills.

Schepens Know How to Move to Sweden

Schepens has been moving families to Sweden for over 100 years now. We have a depot in Jönköping. And make regular weekly runs from the UK to locations across Sweden. This means that we can provide flexible scheduling, affordable costs, and part or dedicated shipping for your goods.

Tailored Removals to Sweden

Having specialist support from someone who knows how to move to Sweden is important; that’s why every Schepens mover is given an experienced move co-ordinator. This is someone who knows Sweden well and has helped numerous movers to relocate there. They will be available at every stage of your move to provide advice and offer guidance, should you require it.

Schepens’ removals to Sweden services include:

  • Pre-Move Assessment. This happens online or face-to-face, whichever suits you best. It gives us a chance to understand your move and suggest any services that may be useful to you. Once complete we provide a no-obligation removals quote to help with your budgeting.
  • In-Transit Insurance. Your goods will be insured throughout the journey from the UK to Sweden. If you require additional Accidental Damage, or Extended Liability insurance, your move co-ordinator can arrange it for you.
  • Customs Paperwork. We have a detailed understanding of the Swedish customs regulations which means that we are happy to fill in your paperwork for you.
  • Professional Packing Service. Our professional packers will pack up your home in hours, label your boxes to make unpacking easier, and create a detailed shipping inventory. We use sturdy, sustainable packing materials.
  • Specialist Removals. If you’re moving a piano, an artwork or valuable antiques, our specialist team can provide bespoke packaging, handling, and shipping for you.
  • Self Storage in UK. Our local storage facilities are ideal should you wish to leave goods or furniture in the UK. We provide a door-to-door service and a secure environment.
  • Transport. Your goods will be shipped in one of our state-of-the-art removals vehicles which run on air ride suspension and boast an adjustable bearing system, which ensures little or no movement of vehicle content.

Second-to-None Customer Service

“After a year of stress we finally found the right moving company! Schepens offer the service quality high-end companies, combined with the prices (very clever system of saving you money) of cheaper alternatives. Absolutely recommend you chose them to move your belongings! Faster than we expected too!”

–  Lee Walton


If you need help with how to move to Sweden, call the Schepens removals team today on 01794 323558 to find out about the level of service we can offer you.

Schepens currently perform international removals to all the major towns in Sweden, including Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmo, Uppsala, Vasteras, Orebro, Linkoping, HelsingborgJonkoping, Norrkoping, Lund, Umeå, Gavle, Boras, Skara and Sodertalje.