Sweden has a range of permit options and the process varies depending on where you are from and the purpose of your stay.
Residence and work permits
West Sweden is home to global companies such as Volvo, AstraZeneca, SKF and Nudie Jeans, world-class universities and innovative start-ups. Key business areas include the automotive, transport, life sciences, IT, renewable energy, creative and textile industries.
Find a job (pre-arrival)
Depending on your profession and academic background, you may need to have your qualifications recognised in order to work in Sweden.
Foreign qualifications in Sweden
There are many reasons to consider studying in West Sweden. To name a few you’ll learn to think creatively and sustainably, experience equality and diversity, and ready yourself for a global career.
Find a university
Finding a place to call home is an important part of settling into a new country. Here you will find information on the various forms of housing and where to start your search. Keep in mind that the rental market, particularly in central Gothenburg, can be very competitive.
Find a home
If you have children, finding a good preschool or school will be a priority. Here you will find information on the Swedish school system and some of the schooling options on offer in the Gothenburg region and West Sweden.
Preschools and schools
Before moving to Sweden, it is important to know what you can and can’t bring into the country.
Move your belongings to Sweden
Gothenburg has good connections to Europe and the rest of the world by air, land and sea. If you are moving to a smaller city or town in the region, it’s usually only a short bus or train ride away from Gothenburg.
Getting to your destination
When you arrive in Sweden, you and all the members of your family must have certain documents with you.
Prepare your documents
Sweden is renowned for its high taxes. But as an individual living here, you get a lot in return, including a generous social welfare system, affordable preschools and healthcare, and world class public transport.
Taxes – what to expect
If you work and pay tax in Sweden then you will earn a Swedish retirement pension. You are entitled to the pension even if you live in another country.
You should make sure that you and your family have adequate protection in place in the event of the unexpected occurring.