Are you moving to Sweden or are thinking about doing it? If so, you’ve probably started thinking about what kind of preparations you need and are working on your VISA situation. Here are some TIPS for preparing before you go to Sweden.
Getting Your VISA So You Can Move to Sweden
Sweden has very liberal immigration laws. If you have a relative in Sweden or even a possible boyfriend or girlfriend you will be living with, that is enough to get your VISA to Sweden. Getting a VISA to Sweden is relatively simple when compared to the United States. Often time getting a VISA to the US takes many months, and you might even have to hire a lawyer to help you so you don’t miss any details.
You can simply go to the Swedish Embassy website and fill out the instructions. It says that it will take several months to process, however, if you have a legitimate reason to move to Sweden, it might only take you 2-3 months before it is processed. You still will want to get your application ready and plan for it to take several months, but 2-3 months waiting time is always a nice surprise.
If you’re not completely sure how to fill out your application, the local Swedish Embassies in the United States or your country can help, and they will usual help you with the process and even help with sending documents.
Learn the Language As Much As You Can Before Leaving
Swedish, in general, is not a easy language to people to pick up unless you are disciplined enough to speak Swedish almost exclusively every day or you already have a skill for learning languages quickly. Get grammar books and start studying, or get an educational program that you can follow on your computer. Many people like the Rosetta Stone series, and the Swedish series has 3 levels you can follow. If you can take local classes in Swedish before you leave, that would also be helpful.
When learning Swedish, make sure you learn to pronounce the 3 letters not found in the English alphabet, which are “a”, “ö”, and “å.” Listen to how they’re pronounced because if you don’t get them right, you will mispronounce many words and it will cause a lot of confusion.
Learn About the Culture Before Moving to Sweden
If you really want to learn the Swedish language and prepare for your move to Sweden, learn about the culture. You can look online for different resources, read books, and if you can, visit Sweden before moving.
The Swedish language is really suited to the way that Swedes think. If you can learn to think like a Swede, you will be able to speak Swedish. In general, Swedes are reserved and formal, and like things to be precise and on time.
Have Your Favorite Books to Read
Eventually you might start to miss the familiar things in your country. This is where having some of your favorite books to read in your language will helpful. Otherwise they might be hard to find or expensive once you have already moved to Sweden
Be Prepared For Change
This is something you can’t really prepare for completely, but you will need to be able to prepare for change. You will encounter different tax systems, social codes and a different way of life. The more you resist adapting to this, the more likely you will want to move back.