There are a lot of practical matters to take care of when you move to another country. This checklist will help you on the way.
The main rule is that you should be a member of an unemployment insurance fund (a-kassa) in the country in which you work. If you move to Sweden to work, you should switch to an unemployment insurance fund in Sweden. Contact your unemployment insurance fund in your home country to find out more about transferring your membership to a Swedish fund.
You must open a bank account in Sweden into which your employer can pay your salary
You must visit the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) to get a tax card.
There are several different types of housing in Sweden.
If you are selling a property in the country you are moving from, you should be aware that, in Sweden, the value of any capital gain is taxed when a property is sold. If you want to avoid being taxed in this way, you should arrange to sell your property in the country you are moving from before you register in the Swedish Population Register.
Remember to get your mail forwarded to your new address in Sweden.
You may take removal goods with you without restriction within the EU, so you do not need to report removal goods to the customs authorities. If you are moving from Iceland or Norway, you should contact Swedish Customs (Tullverket) for more information.
When you move to Sweden, you must remember to register in the Swedish Population Register. You do this by visiting the local office of the Swedish Tax Agency in the municipality to which you are moving. Take your passport, a document showing your civil status, and birth certificates of any children.
Once you are registered in the Swedish Population Register, you will receive a personal identity number. This does not replace the personal identity number you have in the country you are moving from.
You can apply for an ID card (identitetskort) at the Swedish Tax Agency. In Sweden you must often use an ID card to confirm your age and identity when, for example, you collect medicine from a pharmacy or pay with a card in a shop.
If you have a valid driving licence issued in another Nordic country, it is also valid in Sweden.
When you move to Sweden you should choose a health centre. If you become ill, you should first contact your health centre.
In Sweden, the radio and TV fee is a general public service fee collected through tax.
Your car should generally be registered in the country where you have your permanent residence. If you bring a car from another Nordic country when you move to Sweden, you must therefore reregister it in Sweden.
If you are a Nordic citizen, you are entitled to move to Sweden and live, work and study in the country. You do not need to apply for this.
If you are an EU citizen, but not a Nordic citizen, you are entitled to work in Sweden for three months.
If you come from a country outside the EU and want to move to Sweden, you must apply for a residence permit in Sweden. The main regulation is that you must apply for this, and for the permit to be awarded, before you move to Sweden.
If you have a permanent residence permit or work permit in another Nordic country, you should be aware that you may lose this when you apply for a work or residence permit in Sweden. You should therefore contact the migration agency in your country of residence for more information before you apply to Sweden.
Contact information to the migration agencies in the Nordic countries:
You earn a pension in Sweden when you live or work in Sweden. If you have private pension savings in another Nordic country, you should contact the company for more information about whether a move to Sweden would affect your savings.
It is the municipalities in Sweden that are responsible for schools and nurseries. Contact the municipality to which you are moving to be placed on a waiting list for a preschool and for information about schools in the municipality.
Citizens in the Nordic region are generally covered by social insurance in one country at a time. Whether you are entitled to social benefits depends on the regulations in the country in which you are covered by social insurance. It is, for example, the country in which you are covered by social insurance that issues an EU sickness insurance card (EU-kort). If you have children, you are entitled to parental benefits according to the regulations in the country in which you are covered by social insurance.
If you move to Sweden from another Nordic country to work, you are usually covered by social insurance in Sweden from the date on which you start to work.
If you are posted in Sweden, you can apply to retain your social insurance cover in your home country.
If you live and study in Sweden, a number of factors determine whether you are covered by social insurance. It is always important to you find out what applies in your situation by contacting the authorities.
If you are staying in Sweden for less than a year and you are not registered in the Swedish Population Register, you are usually covered by social insurance in the Nordic country in which you are permanently resident.
If you are staying in Sweden for more than a year and you are registered in the Swedish Population Register, the authorities will decide whether you are covered by social insurance on the basis of:
where you receive student finance from
if you are working while you are a student
where you are resident for tax purposes
your housing situation
your family situation
If you are conducting research and receiving a salary in addition to your grant, you are usually covered by social insurance in the country in which you work.
People staying temporarily in Sweden
If you are staying temporarily in Sweden but not working, you are covered by social insurance in your home country.
If you move to Sweden, you take with you the right to the pension you were receiving before the move. The move itself does not affect the payment of your pension, but your tax situation may be affected.
The Nordic social insurance authorities:
When you move to Sweden, you have the right to vote in municipal and regional elections.
If you are a citizen in a EU country, you can choose whether you want to vote in the EU election in the country where you are a citizen or in Sweden. If you want to vote in the EU election in your home country, remember to apply to be put on the electoral role in good time before the election. Contact the election authority in your home country for more information.
You only have the right to vote in the election to the Swedish Riksdag (Parliament) if you are a Swedish citizen.
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NB! If you have questions regarding the processing of a specific case or application, or other personal matters, please contact the relevant authority directly.