13 Oct, 2018
Age: 42
Status: on extended work permit

Why did you move to Sweden?

As part of my International Assignment from my company which has its offices across the globe, I moved in Sweden to work for a client here.

When did you move to Sweden?


What do you wish you knew about Sweden, when you first moved here?

I wish I knew about Rental Accommodation issues. It’s hard to find an accommodation that suits your taste and pocket.

How would you compare the Swedish work culture to your home country’s work culture?

Sweden’s work culture is quite organized where people are aware of their roles and work accordingly. They speak less but are intelligent and smart enough to make right decisions. The work appears to move at slow pace but it is more methodical and towards better quality output without making hasty decisions.

What’s your favourite part about living in Sweden?

Swedish people and the social system I see would be one of the best in the world. It is very much people friendly with child care benefits, parental benefits, healthcare and free education for kids. Of course we pay taxes and that we do in any country but in Sweden you get a lot in return from the taxes paid.

What do you struggle with the most in Sweden?

Accommodation. It’s a real struggle and pain.

How difficult was it to enrol your children at school when you moved to Sweden? (and how old are your children?) What is the process like for enrolling your children here?

The kids are 15 and 6. It was difficult because of long queue in school but finally they managed to get admission in an International English school which I was looking for. In most of cases as mine the school websites have Admission corner where we fill out the form online and upload the necessary required documents. On further request for information or confirmation it is done on email.

How do you think your family have adjusted to life in Sweden?

They are happy and very much involved in studies as they spend major part of the day in School. Also since there are wide variety of sports infrastructure available and parks in abundance they get a lot to do and well-settled.

What’s the biggest misconception you’ve come across about Sweden and/or Swedes?

I heard about short days and less light in winters but in reality the period in spring and summer has very long days and full of light which compensates light if we look in a whole span of year.

Can you speak Swedish? If so, how did you learn? How often do you get to speak Swedish?

No I do not understand or speak Swedish, I am still learning.

One more thing, how does it work with childcare and your kids? (e.g. after school before you and your wife have come home from work). Did you have to enrol them somewhere?

My younger one remains in school Fritid and we pick him in the evening. There is minimal fee charged for this but it is worth it. The school provides snacks during the day and kids play and are cared for by staff during this time.

Written by Nicola Owen