Discover or suggest all you need to know about life in Sweden.
These links are meant to make your life a little easier whether you live here, plan to move here or just drop over for a visit.
* Accommodation – Postings of places to buy all over Sweden.
* Dating Sites – These are (in Swedish, but extremely understandable anyway) a pretty good list of dating sites used in Sweden by locals – just in case you are looking for a date online. They have costs per month, the age of people using them etc.
* Bank Accounts – To apply for a bank account in Sweden you need a personnummer and an address. See “Taxation” below for info about obtaining a personnummer.
* Businesses – To set up shop in Sweden you must apply to register your business. Discover the process and other information at Bolagsverket.
* Jobs in Sweden – Find our listings of all known English language jobs in Sweden
* Common Expressions – Check out this printable list of useful phrases.
* Dictionary (English/ Swedish) – If you can’t find a word and your live in dictionary’s not at home.
* Easy Reading in Swedish – Practise your Swedish and keep up to date with world events.
* Embassies – Need diplomatic immunity, find your embassy here.
* Fika – Discover the phenomenon that the Swedes do so well.
* Free Online Swedish Classes – These will give you background on the language and help you find some useful phrases to get you by on the street and in job interviews.
Remember Sweden is in the EU so they like to help, just remember your ID.
* Dentists – Click the drop down link to enter your location and find the English option.
* Hospitals – If you’re broken get fixed here.
* Pharmacy – Apoteket is the well run nationwide chemist & and is still the best place you can fill a prescription. Aspirin and over the counter medication is available in most supermarkets and kiosks.
* If you are looking for contact lenses and glasses online or (Swedish) Linser & Glasögon på nätet or just glasses or (Swedish) Glasögon a web shop called Alltomlinser is a good first stop. They have the best range I have seen online and tend to the latest trends and types to suit most needs.
* About.com:Scandinavian Travel – Originally a travel guide, this site lists some good resources for expats living and working in Sweden.
* Car Insurance or (Swedish) Bilförsäkring – As in the US and the UK, if you own a car in Sweden you have to have this insurance. This site is listed as it is continually updated and gives a number of the best offers in Sweden for you to choose from.
* Immigration – Migrationsverket, the Swedish Migration Board – Find out all you need to know about migrating to this immigrant friendly land.
* Internet- Home/ Internet Cafe – Get connected to the World Wide Web.
* Lagom – If you’re planning to live in Sweden you have to know this word!
* Libraries – “Bibliotek”, Where are they? In most cases, to borrow a book you need a personnummer.
* Maps – On the top right, under “Sok direkt i kartbilden”, you can type in the name of a place (next to “vad”) for example a hotel or restaurant, or if you have an address type it next to “var”.
* Pay-TV – Guide to what’s available through Bredbands Bolaget. Often you can get a great deal by combining TV, Phone & Internet.
* Rebtel Calling / Phones- Home/ Mobile Phones – So many alternatives out there, but try these.
* Politics – Most Swedes are very politically aware, here’s the basics about the different political parties.
* Sill – Pickled Herring, every self-respecting Swede has their own recipe for sill.
* Snaps – Not schnapps, skol!
* Supermarket – These guys seem to be everywhere.
* Swedish For Immigrants – Get your Swedish language & life skills up to scratch on the Swedish Government. Contact your local authority/ kommun to find out where.
* Swedish Social Insurance – If you need assistance these links might help.
* Systembolaget – The state run alcohol supplier. Find your “local”, but get it before Saturday afternoon!
* Traditions – This is a land of history & culture, Find out when & why Sweden parties
* Taxation – Skatteverket, the Swedish National Tax Board – Register here as living in Sweden to get your personnummer & enter the Swedish system. (Ps; Kontakta oss, means Contact Us.)
* MyHosting Web Hosting Coupons– Myhosting is what I consider the best deal I have found for web hosting and free domain in Sweden. While it is not hosted in Sweden it has suited me very well.
Sweden isn’t all blondes named Inga or giant masseurs named Sven.
What do you need to know to survive in Sweden? If these links have helped, let us know. If they haven’t helped, let us know by contacting us.
Disclaimer: These guides are experiences that have worked for us, meant as assistance and are by no means a definitive answer to all your needs.