For years, Scandinavia has taken the lead in creating the most pleasurable work environment for employees and living standards for all its inhabitants. And Sweden is definitely no exception; this country is a world leader in many ways.

It appears in the top 5 of many ‘best places to’-lists including best country to live in, to grow old, to travel to and to have children. It’s clean, has a relatively small population so there is plenty of space and is home to dazzling nature where you can truly experience all four seasons in a year. 

Employees in Sweden have many rights. Equality is deeply valued, discrimination not tolerated, innovation highly encouraged and health care, childcare and education very affordable. On top of that the country is also a very family friendly place where new parents get up to 480 days of paid leave and receive a monthly allowance from the government to support their children.

And work culture? Everybody takes holidays and breaks regularly because people in Sweden believe that you are more productive when you balance work with a good dose of relaxation. Doesn't that sound like a place you’d want to live and work? 

Sweden Residency

Nordic citizens, that is, citizens of Finland, Norway, Iceland and Denmark are free to enter, reside, study and work in Sweden  They do not need a visa, residence or work permit.  

Other citizens from the European Economic Area (EEA) can also work and live in Sweden.

If you are not an EEA or Nordic citizen, you could gain residency in the following ways:

Work visas

  • If you have a recognized university degree or professional experience as well as a work contract or binding job offer, you may be eligible for an "EU Blue Card".   The Blue Card is a four-year temporary work and residence permit.  This also gives you free movement within the Schengen area and enables your family to join you.   If you do not have a work contract or job offer, you can register on the EU Blue Card Network, where European employers can view your details and connect with you around job opportunities.  This is also where you apply for the EU Blue Card.
  • If you are not eligible under the EU Blue Card Programme, you will need to apply for a work permit before you arrive in Sweden.  You need an official offer of employment from a Swedish employer and it needs to have been advertised in the EEA for at least 10 days.  In addition you need to be paid a minimum monthly salary of SEK 13,000 before taxes.

Startup or Self Employed Visa

A residency visa is required for those who are planning to run their own business or become part owner in a business in Sweden.  To be eligible for this visa, you need to show that you have significant experience in your field and in the running of your own business as well as sufficient funds to support yourself and your family for the first 2 years  (equivalent to SEK 200,000 for you, SEK 100,000 for your spouse and SEK 50,000 for each accompanying child)

Through your Family

  • If your spouse is a citizen or permanent resident of Sweden, you are probably eligible for residency.  Please note that your status of spouse needs to be legally recognised in this country.
  • See the citizenship section below for more information on residency or citizenship based on descent.

Youth Mobility Visa

  • If you are an Australian, New Zealand, Canadian or South Korean citizen between the ages of 18-30, you may be eligible under the Working Holiday programme.

Student Visa

  • There are many types of student visas available to study at schools and universities.

GDP Per Capita
$55,245  (Rank: 12)
Disposable Income
$3,181  (Rank: 15)
Life Expectancy
82.40  (Rank: 10)
Education Index
83.00%  (Rank: 20)
Corruption Index
88%  (Rank: 4)
Murders Per Year
91  (Rank: 67)
Crime Index
46.65  (Rank: 68)
Environmental Protection
78.09%  (Rank: 9)
Gender Equality
81.50%  (Rank: 4)
Annual Tourists
5,660,000  (Rank: 48)


Constitutional monarchy





Population Density

24 per square km

Sweden Citizenship

Here are some of the ways to become a citizen of Sweden:

Through your Family:

  • If your mother was a citizen of Sweden when you were born, you are also a citizen of Sweden.
  • If your father was a citizen of Sweden when you were born in Sweden, you are probably also a citizen of Sweden.
  • If your father was a citizen of Sweden when you were born and you were born outside of Sweden before 1 April 2015, you are a citizen of Sweden only if your father was married to your mother.
  •  If your spouse is a citizen, you can apply for citizenship after being resident in Sweden for a period of 3 years.  Please note that your status of spouse needs to be legally recognised in this country.

Quality of Life

Rank: 4

Cost of Living

Rank: 17


Rank: 68

Average Temp.


Rank: 182

Resources & Links

The passport for Sweden allows you to travel to 161 countries without a visa.

Its global rank is 5.

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