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Relocating is always challenging. Finding a place to call home, dealing with bureaucracy and adjusting to a new country, all while trying to master a new job, is enough to send anyone’s stress levels skyrocketing. Careful management of the relocation process, however, greatly helps to reduce stress and increase the chances of a happy and productive time in Sweden. After many years helping international talent move to Sweden, we see the following common behavioural traits amongst those who relocate most successfully.
1. They do their research and plan
Relocating smoothly requires finding out what needs to be done in time. For example, checking immigration requirements and the time frames involved is key, as the whole relocation plan can depend on this. Gaining an understanding of what to expect from the Swedish rental and property market is also essential for setting realistic expectations.
2. They get advice & ask for help
A lot of information is available online. This information can, however, be confusing, contradictory or incorrect. Reaching out for expert advice on the quickest and smartest way of going about things is always a good idea, especially when it comes to work permit application processes, accommodation and getting registered in the Swedish system.
3. They seek to understand cultural differences
Sweden has its own unique culture and Swedes have their own way of doing things. Those who adapt successfully to living and working in Sweden are either culturally aware from the outset or work actively on developing this skill. Importantly, they don’t underestimate cultural differences and the challenges these can present, both in and outside the workplace.
4. They learn Swedish
A little Swedish can go a long way. Showing interest and willingness to learn is always appreciated. If, however, the intention is to stay in Sweden long- term, learning Swedish properly is essential for full integration into society, even though most Swedes speak English very well. Luckily free Swedish tuition is available to all newcomers.
5. They build a social support network
Relocation to a new country is challenging enough without feeling isolated too. Having a network in place when difficulties arise makes all the difference. Working actively from the start on building a local network is key for general well-being, building resilience and feeling rooted.
6. They explore and make the most of their time
Sweden is a beautiful country with much to offer. Those who relocate successfully remain curious and tend to be adventurous when it comes to trying out new experiences such as food, sports or travel. An interest in the great outdoors is also a definite plus as most Swedes appreciate an active outdoor lifestyle and Sweden offers an abundance of activities for each of its four distinct seasons. The winter season in particular offers many surprises to newcomers such as ice swimming, as pictured above.
7. They look after themselves
Moving is one of the greatest stresses in life. When you add a new country and job to the mix, stress levels can easily spiral out of control. However, the strong focus on work-life balance Swedish workplaces comes as a great surprise to many relocating here. Those who really embrace this approach and prioritise wisely tend to thrive.
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Relocate to Sweden provides expert advice and hands-on help for companies recruiting internationally or transferring staff to Sweden. We also offer private relocation services. We help with the entire relocation process including immigration, home finding, tax consultancy, registration with Swedish authorities, schools, health care, language and intercultural training. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on +46 8 361011 for more information. You can also read more about our relocation services at www.relocatetosweden.com or follow us on social media for tips and advice.