Living in Stockholm

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Living in Stockholm

A Thriving Tech Hub Welcomes Global IT Talent

Stockholm’s booming tech scene is attracting skilled IT professionals worldwide. With many Swedish tech companies embracing English as their primary language, the city offers exciting opportunities for those seeking a fresh start. While fluency in Swedish can be an advantage, don’t let language concerns hold you back – many exciting roles don’t require it.

If living in Stockholm appeals and you’re excited to be one of the talented individuals powering Stockholm’s tech revolution, this welcoming city could be the perfect destination. Right now, Sweden’s IT sector is facing a significant skills shortage, which is creating ample job opportunities. In fact, companies are actively seeking talented individuals beyond their borders to drive ongoing innovation and growth.

Your Smooth Transition – Partnering with Scandinavian Experts

With over a century of experience, Schepens is your trusted guide for navigating a move to Sweden. We understand the unique challenges of relocating to a new country, and our Scandinavian removals expertise ensures your belongings arrive safely and efficiently in Stockholm. This allows you to focus on starting your exciting new chapter, while we take care of the logistics.

Voices of Experience – Life in Stockholm

It’s one thing to read about moving to Stockholm, but hearing real experiences brings it to life. Here’s what some recent UK movers have to say about living in Sweden’s capital:

  • On the Weather – Don’t expect year-round sunshine. Be prepared for shorter summers and longer winters. But those warm summer days are incredible! – Sarah B., Web Developer
  • On Speaking English – The Swedes have been extremely welcoming, and Stockholm is so international. Plus, nearly everyone speaks fluent English, so settling in was easier than I imagined. – Liam T., Marketing Specialist
  • Embracing the Possibilities – I came for the amazing tech startup scene, and the opportunities haven’t disappointed. Stockholm is bursting with innovation! – Anya K., Software Engineer
  • Practical Matters – Get ready for higher costs of living, especially rent. Also, Swedish bureaucracy takes some getting used to, so be patient. – Ben P., Graphic Designer

Work Permits and Residence Visas

If you’re a UK professional planning working and living in Stockholm, understanding the visa and work permit process is crucial. You’ll need to apply for a work and residence permit before your move. This application is usually initiated by your employer in Sweden.

Steps for UK Professionals:

  1. Secure a Job Offer. Having a job offer from a Swedish company significantly streamlines the process. Ensure the company is willing to sponsor your permit application.
  2. Work Permit Application. Your employer will usually begin the application for a work permit on your behalf through the Swedish Migration Agency.
  3. Residence Permit. Alongside the work permit, you’ll also apply for a residence permit, which allows you to live in Sweden while you’re working there.

Allow plenty of time for visa and permit processing. Applications can take several weeks or months.

The Importance of Registering for a Personal Identity Number

If you plan on living in Stockholm for more than a year, registering with the Swedish Population Register and obtaining a personal identity number (personnummer) is a crucial step. This process is handled by the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket).

To be eligible, you’ll need a residence permit valid for at least 12 months. Additionally, you must be able to demonstrate that you can financially support yourself for a minimum of 12 months and possess either private full-coverage health insurance or coverage through the system of another EU/EEA country or Switzerland.

Your personal identity number is important because it unlocks so many aspects of life in Sweden. This unique number, based on your date of birth, is essential for everything from opening bank accounts to accessing healthcare or even joining the library. Make sure to memorise it, as you’ll be using it frequently throughout your time in Stockholm.

Cost of Living in Stockholm

Cost of Living in Stockholm

While Stockholm is known for its high standard of living, it might surprise you to learn that it’s actually significantly more affordable than London. Everyday expenses like groceries and dining out are generally lower in Stockholm.

Consumer prices alone are about 15% cheaper in Stockholm compared to London, and this difference becomes even more pronounced (over 30% lower) when you factor in housing costs. For professionals seeking a vibrant European city with a better work-life balance, Stockholm’s lower cost of living combined with its higher local purchasing power could sweeten the relocation deal considerably.

Here are the kinds of prices you can expect in Stockholm:

  • One-way Ticket (Local Transport) – £3.16
  • Monthly Pass for Public Transport – £76.62
  • Meal for 1 at an Inexpensive Restaurant – £11.27
  • 3 Course Meal for 2 at a Mid-Range Restaurant – £66.86
  • Domestic Beer in a Bar (.5 litre) – £5.63
  • Cappuccino in a Café – £3.38
  • Litre of Milk – £1.18
  • Loaf of Bread – £2.25
  • A Dozen Eggs – £3.29
  • 1 Kilo of Chicken Fillets – £9.57
  • 1 Bedroom Apartment in City Centre – £1,231.93 per month
  • 1 Bedroom Apartment Outside City Centre – £802.15 per month

All prices sourced at Numbeo

Navigating Stockholm’s Competitive Housing Market

As one of Europe’s fastest growing cities, Stockholm does have a competitive housing market. Don’t be discouraged though, as there are several options to explore when looking for a place to call home.

Short-term Solutions

  • Airbnb – For your initial arrival, Airbnb can be a great choice. It offers flexibility and a wide range of accommodations for those still searching for something more permanent.

Understanding Rental Types

Stockholm’s rental market has two main categories:

  • First-hand (Förstahand) – These much sought-after contracts involve renting directly from the landlord. Landing one usually requires a lengthy wait in the housing queue.
  • Second-hand (Andrahand) – Subletting an apartment is often a more accessible short to medium-term solution. Be cautious of sublets done without landlord consent, as they carry risks. Always request clear agreements and receipts for deposits.

Resources for Finding Rentals

  • Bostad Direktoffers a valuable online platform for finding second-hand rentals around the city.
  • Samtrygg – another commercial agency that provides additional security by verifying ads and offering legal support if needed.

Where to Live in Stockholm

Stockholm bursts with diverse neighbourhoods, each with its own vibe and appeal. Here’s a snapshot of areas that might be particularly interesting for IT professionals who are thinking of living in Stockholm:

Where to Live in Stockholm

Östermalm. For those drawn to Stockholm’s upscale scene, Östermalm delivers elegance and vibrancy. Expect higher prices, but also proximity to businesses, restaurants, and nightlife.

Södermalm. This trendy island is a magnet for young professionals. It’s known for its eclectic nightlife, creative atmosphere, and mix of residential pockets and bustling hubs.

Liljeholmen/Hägersten. This area is ideal for those seeking a mix of modern living and established neighbourhoods. Liljeholmen is home to a number of IT companies, while nearby Hägersten offers a relaxed feel with good connectivity.

• Årsta/Älsjö. These districts blend new and older housing, with a more family-friendly vibe. While connections rely on commuter trains and night buses, they might be a good fit if you prioritise space and a quieter pace.

The Stockholm Experience

The Stockholm Experience – Beyond Tech

While Stockholm excels in the tech world, it’s the city’s lifestyle is what makes it truly special. Imagine starting your day with a swim in one of the city’s many clean lakes or enjoying a waterfront run as the sun rises. After work, meet friends for ‘fika‘ (a Swedish tradition of coffee and pastry) at an outdoor café in the cobbled streets of Gamla Stan (Old Town).

Stockholm’s festival calendar is packed! Experience the magic of the Midsummer celebration with traditional dancing and feasting. In winter, immerse yourself in the enchanting glow of the Nobel Week Lights Festival or wander through a bustling Christmas market in Stortorget square. Hungry? Sample fresh seafood at an acclaimed Östermalm food hall, then seek out local craft beer and live music in the trendy Södermalm district.

Swedish workplaces champion a healthy work-life balance with generous vacation time and a focus on collaboration over rigid hierarchies. Embrace a workplace where your ideas are valued, and there’s always time to enjoy the many things Stockholm has to offer outside of the office.

Moving to Stockholm Starts with Schepens

We understand that your is unique. That’s why Schepens assigns a dedicated move coordinator to guide you through the process of moving to Stockholm from the UK. They’ll tailor a plan specifically for your requirements, ensuring a stress-free relocation to your new home in Sweden.

Here’s how Schepens makes your move easier:

  • Expert Packing. Our BAR-trained teams handle your belongings with the utmost care, offering flexible packing options from full-service professional packing to specialist item support.
  • Peace of Mind Coverage. Your goods are insured during transit, and we can arrange additional coverage for accidental damage or extended liability, giving you that extra layer of security.
  • Specialised Handling. From valuable pianos to fragile artwork, we have the expertise to safely pack, transport, and deliver even the most non-standard items.
  • Flexible Storage. Need a place to store your belongings before or during your move? Schepens offers secure, storage facilities with convenient door-to-door service.
  • Safe and Secure Transport. Our state-of-the-art removals vehicles are equipped with air-ride suspension, and adjustable bearing systems to minimise movement, ensuring your belongings arrive in perfect condition.

1st Class Customer Service

The team are very professional and clearly very knowledgeable. From the first moment when a quote is required all the way through to delivery it was as seamless as it could be. They have particular expertise in the Nordics so it was a great and seamless move from London to Sweden.

Chris is honest and direct – he sets the right expectations regarding fees paper requirements for customs etc so you know what you’re getting without someone trying to oversell you. The rest of the team were diligent with our stuff and nothing arrived even remotely damaged (this is despite shipping 4 musical instruments all of which were delicate).”

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