Removals to Sweden may include weather considerations due to the latitude of the country. The climate of Sweden can make the practicalities of a move quite challenging, especially if you travel during the colder months, so it’s helpful to use an experienced European moving company. The road conditions can be more difficult than a move to southern and warmer areas, and the temperatures much colder so you’ll need to bear this in mind when you’re packaging your items. This makes moving to Sweden a bit more daunting than to the Costa del Sol.
A move to another country always take some getting used to, and Scandinavian countries, in particular, have a unique way of life. Along with the weather, the etiquette, food and whole way of life may be very different than what you’ve experienced in your home country, so it’s always a good idea to do a bit of research before you decide to leave.
This guide to Sweden covers some of the most critical information you’ll need before setting off on your adventure.
Sweden lies on the northern peninsula in Europe and has the largest population of the Scandinavian countries. It shares its borders with Finland and Norway and links to Denmark via the Öresund Bridge.
The climate in Sweden is one of the biggest culture shocks for new arrivals; the winters are freezing, long and harsh. However, despite its northern position, the country has a temperate climate and experiences all four seasons, but in unequal lengths. Winter lasts around seven months, and there are approximately 20 hours of darkness every day. In direct contrast, summers are the opposite, with long and hot sunny days.
15% of its landmass lies within the Arctic Circle while further south there is extensive agricultural land.
If you’re thinking about moving to Sweden, here are some facts you should consider before you make a permanent switch:
- Equality is a fundamental part of its society. Laws protect against everything from gender and ethnicity to disabilities and religious beliefs discriminations.
- Children are an essential part of Swedish society, and family life is precious; when working, employers offer as standard 18 months parental leave.
- There is a list of occupations which are in high demand in Sweden; these can be found on The Swedish Migration Agency website or via the Public Employment Agency for the country
- The summer is very short, and winters are long and dark. A factor you need to consider if you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder.
- Sweden is serious about the environment and only send 1% of rubbish to landfill.