There are many sources to turn to for help in case you have trouble getting started or you get stuck. Move to Gothenburg has all the information you need in one place. It also offers network meetings and informational lectures that can be helpful in both staying informed and making new contacts.
Seven things you should advise new arrivals to get done as quickly as possible
- Get a personal ID number and ID card
- Look for a place to live and register in the housing queue
- Book a meeting with a bank
- Enrol in a language course
- Register at a health center
- Apply for preschool/school place(s)
- Apply for a driving license as necessary
Many major companies have employees or departments that work mainly in the area of international recruitment. Others choose to engage or purchase services from companies specialised in relocation. They often provide well structured, customised service and advice for foreign professionals on their way to our region in various way for e.g. orientation days where the entire family gets to visit companies and surroundings and learn more about Swedish society – everything from child care to traditions. Many find it worthwhile doing this before finalising contracts in order to help new employees acclimatize and get on as well as possible in their new country and maybe, in the long run, choose to stay in Gothenburg for good.
A tax consultant can answer questions about income, fees, parental insurance and conditions. It can also be a good idea to check with the company’s auditors for good advice.
Karin Hellqvist, Birgitta Karlén and Sara Grevsjö at Welcome Services at the University of Gothenburg:
“We are here as a support function”
“Of a little over 6,000 employees at the University of Gothenburg, around 900 have come here from another country. Some are visiting researchers here for just a short while, and others are here on longer contracts. Because every unit and faculty takes care of their own recruitment and experiences in recruiting internationally vary, many need help during the process. So we are here as a support function.
Our website is aimed at both target groups and we have structured information in categories such as: before arrival, upon arrival and before departure. Information is clarified for recruiting personnel by means of checklists. These have become very popular and inspired other universities to produce similar pages. We complement online information with printed matter such as information folders, guides, important telephone numbers and even, refuse sorting information.
Personal contacts are also incredibly important for creating social networks, finding contexts and generally getting on well. Accordingly, we arrange seminars and invite both researchers and their families to join in activities, all to provide added benefits during their stay.
If we make it easy for people to come here, it makes us more attractive. Our goal is for those who come here to be able to start working immediately. Broadband and accommodation should already be taken care of. We can even pick them up at the airport and arrange a little breakfast in the guest accommodation.”