Live and work in Sweden

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Life in Sweden

Sweden is known for its beautiful scenery, ranging from the archipelagos to the forests and sparkling lakes. Embrace the Swedish concept of “allemansrätten” (the freedom to roam), allowing you to explore and enjoy nature freely.

Swedes have a deep appreciation for design and sustainability. From modern furniture to stylish fashion, the Swedish aesthetic is evident everywhere you look. And furthermore, Sweden gave the world IKEA and H&M, two globally recognized brands.

The country boasts a high standard of living and is renowned for its social welfare system, offering free education and healthcare. Swedes value work-life balance, and you’ll find plenty of opportunities to enjoy leisure activities such as fika (coffee break) or partake in outdoor adventures like skiing, hiking, or berry picking in the summer.

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Quick facts about working in Sweden

  • Average working hours per week: 40 hours, 8 hours daily
  • Typical working day: Monday to Friday from 8:00 or 9:00 am to 4:00 or 5:00 pm
  • Number of Vacation days: 25 days / 5 weeks
  • Commute: Mostly by bus or train
  • Work culture: Flat hierarchy 

You will have colleagues from everywhere, but you will speak in your own native language, supporting customers from your country.

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Quick info about Sweden

Typical food

Köttbullar (meatballs), sill (pickled herring), pytt i panna (stir-fry with veggies and meat served with egg and ketchup), kanelbullar (cinnamon bun), semla (sweet roll)


~10.4 million people


Sweden is located in northern Europe (part of Scandinavia), and borders Norway and Finland. The capital city is Stockholm.



Famous people

Zlatan Ibrahimović, Astrid Lindgren, DJ Avicii


Swedish krona (ISO code: SEK, symbol: kr)

Avg. working week

40 hours 
8 hours daily


Swedish healthcare is ranked high on a global scale. Healthcare is primarily funded by taxes.


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No, as an EU citizen, you do not need a work visa or permit to work in Sweden. EU citizens have the right to freedom of movement within the European Union, including the right to work in any EU member state without a work permit. Read more about it here.

The cost of living in Sweden can be relatively high compared to many other countries. Expenses such as accommodation, transportation, and dining out can be quite costly, particularly in major cities like Stockholm and Gothenburg. Rent prices, in particular, tend to be high. However, salaries in Sweden are also generally higher, which helps offset the higher cost of living. It’s important to note that the cost of living can vary depending on individual circumstances, lifestyle choices, and the specific region within Sweden. It’s advisable to plan and budget accordingly when considering living in Sweden.

Sweden has a varied climate with distinct seasonal changes. The weather in Sweden can be described as mild to cool in the coastal areas and more continental in the inland regions. Summers (June to August) are generally pleasant, with average temperatures ranging from 20 to 25 degrees Celsius. Winters (December to February) are cold, especially in the northern parts, with temperatures often dropping below freezing and occasional snowfall. Spring and autumn can be unpredictable, with temperatures varying between mild and chilly.

English proficiency is generally high in Sweden, with a large percentage of the population having a good command of the English language. English is taught as a mandatory subject in schools from an early age, and most Swedes, especially younger generations, are comfortable speaking English. In major cities, tourist areas, and among those working in the tourism industry, you can expect to find a high level of English proficiency. Even in more rural areas, you can often find people who can communicate in English, although the level of fluency may vary. Overall, language barriers are rarely an issue for English-speaking visitors in Sweden.

Sweden has one of Europe’s most efficient and largest networks for transport with train. Other than that, their bus and metro system is also of high standards and it is easy to move around.

Sweden has a renowned healthcare system known for its high-quality and accessible care. The Swedish healthcare system is primarily tax-funded and provides comprehensive coverage to all residents. It offers universal healthcare, ensuring that everyone has equal access to medical services and treatments. Patients can choose their healthcare providers, and the system focuses on preventive care and early intervention. Sweden places great emphasis on research and innovation in healthcare, leading to advancements in medical technologies and treatments. The healthcare system in Sweden is characterized by efficient organization, patient-centered care, and a strong commitment to public health.

Still not convinced about Sweden?

Living in Sweden means experiencing the magic of long summer days and snowy winters. It means joining in Midsummer celebrations, witnessing the mesmerizing Northern Lights, and enjoying the Christmas markets.

Sweden offers a wealth of attractions and sights to explore. Start with Stockholm, the capital city, known for its stunning architecture, historic old town (Gamla Stan), and beautiful waterways. Visit the Vasa Museum, where you can see the well-preserved Vasa warship from the 17th century. Explore Gothenburg, the country’s second-largest city, with its charming canals, lively food scene, and the Liseberg amusement park. Head north to Lapland for a chance to witness the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) and experience unique Sami culture. Don’t miss the picturesque coastal towns and islands, such as Visby on Gotland and the Stockholm Archipelago, with their scenic landscapes and charming medieval history.


When in Sweden, you should also make sure to try traditional Swedish dishes such as köttbullar (meatballs) served with lingonberry sauce and creamy mashed potatoes, gravlax (cured salmon) typically served with dill, mustard, and rye bread, and smörgåstårta, a unique Swedish sandwich cake made with layers of bread, fillings like smoked salmon, shrimp, and vegetables, and topped with mayonnaise and garnishes. And remember to try the delicious Swedish pastries, including kanelbullar (cinnamon buns) and semla (a cardamom-flavored bun filled with almond paste and whipped cream), often enjoyed during Fettisdagen (Shrove Tuesday) celebrations.

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