A small country in the Northern Hemisphere with just 9,5 million inhabitants and not frozen solid, thanks to the Gulf Stream, why is Sweden considered a great place to live?
Well, there are quite a few good reasons, some of which we have listed below:
- Nature – Clean air, a stunning coastline and long summer nights! In addition, The Right of Public Access (Allemansrätten), gives everyone the right to enjoy Sweden’s outdoors. It allows the public to roam freely, even on private land, to camp overnight and to pick mushrooms and berries. The Right of Public Access is written into the Swedish constitution.
- Infrastructure – Taxes in Sweden are considered high, but you get a great deal in return! A free education system, a state-subsidised healthcare system and well functioning transport networks are all results of monies paid in to the state’s pockets.
- Family friendly – When it comes to equality between the sexes, Sweden is one of the leaders. There are shared maternity/paternity leave arrangements, generous child benefit allowances and couples are entitled to 480 days of paid parental leave for younger school-age children, time which can be shared between both parents. A good work/life balance is considered a priority for all.
- English speaking – With 9 years of compulsory English at school, most Swedes happily converse in English. You might have to insist to speak Swedish if you want to learn the language, as Swedes very much enjoy practicing their linguistic skills!
- Economy – Sweden is ranked number one in the world in a recent measure of economic growth and development. Swedish innovations are exported worldwide and are a key to success for many Swedish companies. Sweden is in the forefront of Corporate Social Responsibility and information on how to find work or start a business is readily available.
- Education – Pretty much all schools are state-funded, which means that there are no fees. Childcare, involving Pre-School, is heavily subsidised, and daily cooked meals are free for schoolchildren. Universities in Sweden are free for citizens of the EU/EEA or Switzerland.
- Food culture – Swedes love good food and the range of organic produce is just getting better. Children at school get to learn what “Kostcirkeln” is from an early age, and the importance of a balanced diet. Drinking tap water is safe in Sweden and saves you both money and waste. And the Swedish Chef of 2014 does not look like the one in “The Muppet Show”!
- IT friendly – Sweden is a world leader when it comes to access to media technology such as digital TV, computers, mobile devices and internet. It’s also close to becoming a cashless society, where it’s perfectly normal to pay for one cup of coffee by bank card. 92% of Swedes have access to the internet and courses are available for all ages through the many Study Circles/Studiecirklar.
- Beautiful capital – Frequently referred to as the “Venice of the North”, Stockholm is a gem of a city built on 14 islands, renowned for its beauty and world-class attractions. With an ice bar, boat trips, green parks, museums, medieval streets, a 17th Century warship, sky-high views, funfairs, Scandinavian chic and city swimming, there’s something for everyone!
- Nordic Noir – The Killing, The Bridge, Borgen, Wallander – Scandi-drama has captivated TV audiences world-wide in the last few years, firmly putting Skåne and the Öresund region on the map and spawning a whole new genre, Nordic Noir. Walk in Wallander’s footsteps in Ystad, cross the beautiful Öresund Bridge with Saga and Michael, follow Sarah Lund and Birgitte Nyborg around Copenhagen – even Midsomer Murders based an episode here! Come and see what the rest of the world is talking about!