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If you have just arrived in Sweden, here are the important things you should do!

5 steps you need to do after you move to Sweden.

Migration, Registration, Tax Agency, Move to Sweden.

here are the important steps you need to do after moving to Sweden:

1.Finding accommodation: Having an address in Sweden is crucial for various purposes, such as registering with your municipality, tax office agency, bank, healthcare services, and schools. Therefore, it is necessary to first secure accommodation in Sweden before moving on to the next steps, finding a home in Sweden can be challenging, particularly in major cities such as Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Malmö. However, one option is to consider subletting or renting a second-hand contract initially, until a first-hand contract becomes available. (For more information about rent contracts in Sweden you can read the post renting in Sweden)

2. Social security number: Having a personal number is a requirement for accessing government services, banks, and healthcare in Sweden. To obtain a personal number, you must register with the tax agency in Sweden (Skatteverket).

you need to show that you plan to live in Sweden more than one year in order to get social security number, so you need to be prepared with your documents to get positive decision, and this process usually takes up to 8 weeks.

3. ID card: Once you have obtained your social security number, it is necessary to obtain a Swedish identify card from the tax agency (Skatteverket) this card can be presented as proof of identity at governmental offices like migration and tax office, banks, hospitals, pharmacies, or any other location where identification is required.

4. Bank account: If you're accustomed to using cash as a means of payment in your home country, you should be aware that in Sweden, payments are primarily made using cards. Sweden is a cashless society and it can be difficult to find establishments that accept cash.

Most stores, including restaurants, coffee shops, and clothing stores, exclusively accept card payments. While some grocery stores still accept cash, they are increasingly rare. Consequently, it's important to open a bank account in order to conduct transactions in Sweden. However, to do so, you'll need a Swedish identification card, which you would have obtained in step 3.

5. School and preschool: Once all the necessary paperwork has been completed and you and your family have been assigned personal identification numbers, the next step is to register your children for school. In Sweden, school attendance is mandatory for children from the age of 6 and schools typically assign places within two weeks of registration. However, attendance at preschool is not mandatory, which means that there may be a waiting period of up to 4 months to secure a place. Therefore, it's important to apply for a place at a school or preschool in your municipality as soon as possible.



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