Living in Sweden

Sweden is a beautiful country. It has beautiful nature and islands.

There are many things to see and do here.

Luleå, the city where I live, is located in Northern Sweden. In summer you can enjoy midnight sun. In winter there is only 4 hours of sunlight, usually between 10am-2pm. After 2pm it gets dark. Winter is a great time to see Aurora Borealis, watch ice music performance, do a dog sledding tour, and even travel to Kiruna and see the Ice Hotel.

When I arrived in Sweden a few years ago, nobody really told me what to do. My husband and I had to navigate everything by ourselves. Of course it was confusing given that we did not speak Swedish, and we did not have any friends either at that time. We did get a package of information about the city, but it was not enough. When we asked some people, sometimes we were given a contradictory information. It was confusing.

This is the reason why I want to share with you some tips that may be helpful for you.

What to do when you have just arrived in Sweden?


1. Register at Försäkringskassan

2. Register at Arbetsförmedlingen

If you don’t have a job but want to look for a job, I would recommend you to register at Arbetsförmedlingen.

3. Study Swedish
Where to study Swedish?

There are some places where you can study Swedish:

a. Svenska för Invandrare (SFI)

b. Luleå tekniska universitet

c. Other educational institutions, including Hermods, Medborgarskolan, ABF, and Folkuniversitetet.

Housing

Do you want to live in an apartment or a house? Do you want to buy or rent an apartment?

If you want to purchase an apartment or a house, you can check out the listing on Hemnet.se. Alternatively you can also check Blocket.se.

If renting is an option, then you can see Bostad Luleå (in Luleå), Galären

How to look for a job in Sweden?

First of all, it is recommended that you register that you are looking for a job in Arbetsförmedlingen.

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