Sweden suggests new tax for plastics cups and packaging from November 2021

The Swedish government proposes new legislation for a plastic tax, applicable to one-time plastic cups and food packaging. Each plastic cup will cost 5 kronor more, while each food packaging will be taxed 7 kronor. Food that must be packed using one-time plastics, such as yoghurt, will be exempted. Non-biodegradable plastics are a major threat to ecology. Last year (2019) the European Union adopted a directive to ban the use of some one-use plastics, such…

"Sweden suggests new tax for plastics cups and packaging from November 2021"

Sweden cancels all university admission exams in 2020

To prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic indoors, the Swedish government has announced the cancellation of the autumn university admission exam. As the spring exam has already been cancelled when the pandemic was peaking, this means that there are no admission exams in 2020. Swedish universities select students on a double-track basis, which means high school (gymnasium) students can get into university either on the strength of in-school results or the national university admission…

"Sweden cancels all university admission exams in 2020"

Visby turns to medieval knights for social distancing

The COVID-19 pandemic is still raging on and Sweden is not exempt. But with so many Swedes on holiday all over the country, how to make sure everyone keeps up with social distancing and personal hygiene? The UNESCO World Heritage town of Visby, on the island of Gotland, came up with a solution—medieval knights. These handsome knights are there to remind visitors to keep enough distance from each other, and to maintain good personal hygiene,…

"Visby turns to medieval knights for social distancing"

Watch the sunset at Skanör, probably the most beautiful in Sweden

Scania (Skåne) is the southernmost part of Sweden, only a sea apart from Denmark, Germany and Poland. With three sides facing the sea, Scania attracts many tourists at home and abroad for its scenery. One of the most beautiful of all is probably to be found in Skanör, within an hour by bus from Malmö. The erstwhile market Skanör is located at the southwest corner of Scania on a cape, at the tip of the…

"Watch the sunset at Skanör, probably the most beautiful in Sweden"

Immigrating to Sweden: an introduction

This is a brief guide for reference only. If you have more questions, or want immigration advice, please contact Swedenmarker Facebook page. Work You normally need a confirmed employment by a Swedish company before applying for a visa (officially called a residence permit, uppehållstillstånd). The company must pay you at least the minimum salary as listed on the collective bargaining contract applicable for your industry. Four insurances are also required: life, medical, workplace accident and…

"Immigrating to Sweden: an introduction"