7 tips to help you get the most of your study life in Sweden

Congratulations for all of you who got a place to study in Sweden! Here are some tips to help you get started with life in this beautiful Nordic country: 1. Take note of your course outlines—you might be able to skip some lessons Your course outlines are not just about formalities; they contain important information on how assessments are going to take place. Swedish education places a strong focus on interactivity and self-exploration. Group discussions…

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What’s Allemansrätten? Understanding the Swedish right to roam

You might have heard of allemansrätten, or seen the name on IKEA’s packed sauces. The name literally means “everyman’s right”, and is an important part of Swedish outdoor culture. The right to roam is ancient and traditional, and codified into law in the 20th century. It’s even added to the constitution (grundlagen) in 1994. What can you do with Allemansrätten? Practically everything in the wild, except when it’s explicitly forbidden, when it disturbs residents, or…

"What’s Allemansrätten? Understanding the Swedish right to roam"

Sports & culture to get exemption from coronavirus restrictions, Swedish government suggests

The COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected the livelihood of those in the sports and culture industries. Currently, public activities with over 50 people are forbidden in Sweden, and consequently sports and culture are at a standstill, threatening livelihoods for many workers and entrepreneurs in the industries. After petitions from clubs, federations, artists, companies and many others in the industries, the Swedish government announced in a press conference today (21 August) its newest proposal that sport…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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