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HOW TO RELOCATE EXECUTIVES OF NON-RESIDENT COMPANIES TO SWEDEN

Posted by Lena on Dec 27, 2016 9:26:52 AM

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Does the question “how to relocate to Sweden” occur to you?

Thinking on how to relocate to Sweden proves that all dos and don’ts are ready to be observed. The idyllic land boasts some of the happiest people on Earth, thanks to the country's egalitarian values, mandatory paid parental leave policies, single-payer healthcare system, and breathtaking scenery.

Sweden is a Scandinavian nation with thousands of coastal islands and inland lakes, along with vast boreal forests and glaciated mountains. Its principal cities, eastern capital Stockholm and southwestern Gothenburg and Malmo, are all coastal. Stockholm is built on 14 islands. It has more than 50 bridges, as well as the medieval old town, Gamla Stan, royal palaces and museums such as open-air Skansen.

Issues we need to know before we get to know how to relocate to Sweden:

  • Culture

Swedes as a rule take a ‘less is more’ approach and expect visitors to adopt the same ethos. Colleagues address each other in a casual way. From the classroom all the way to the boardroom, titles like ‘Mrs’ or ‘Dr’ are things of the past. Students and teachers, patients and doctors, employees and employers – everyone is on a first-name basis.

  • Language

The Swedish word ‘lagom’ is not just a word. It’s a concept that doesn’t easily translate into English. Essentially, ‘lagom’ means ‘just right’ or ‘adequate’ and can be used for just about anything.

The ‘lagom’ concept or mentality exists in Swedish business as well. Employees, and many employers, often focus on doing exactly what’s needed and doing it well, rather than doing unnecessary things. This concept can be frustrating for foreigners to understand sometimes.

TIP! Make sure your assignees get adequate orientation as regard to such word, to foster understanding among others.

  • Climate

Sweden has a much milder climate than most other regions of the world that lie as far north. Sweden's climate is influenced by the Gulf Stream, a warm ocean stream that flows off Norway's west coast. Sweden's many lakes and the gulfs of Bothnia give Sweden generally a relatively mild climate.

TIP! Move assignees during favorable climatic conditions.

  • Tax

Before we know how to relocate to Sweden, the most important requirement as a new resident is to get registered with the Swedish Tax Agency called Skatteverket. This registration process ensures you’re added into the system for tax collection, personal identification, marital status monitoring, mailing address information and insurance purposes.

By registering with the Tax Agency, you will be assigned a unique personal identification number called personnummer (similar to the British National Insurance number). Your legal identity in Sweden hinges on this key number and it is used for everyday official tasks such as opening up bank accounts and getting paid by your employer.

TIP! Make sure your assignees are registered with the Swedish tax agency.

 Organization culture

  • Team work

In Sweden, Everybody in the team is expected to have a strong opinion about the subject of discussion, and they say what they feel. The outcome of the team is based on consensus of the members, this is done by spending time on agreeing to the final decision and it is based on give and take.

  • Decision Making

The decision making process in Sweden takes a longer time as it involves more employees to reach a consensus.

When relocating to Sweden, the monitoring system is flexible as an example; they mentioned the application of flexi time in Sweden for working hours. This is because the individual is responsible for the execution of his/her duties without much interference.

The answer

Now that you have become acquainted with Sweden a little, the answer to how to relocate to Sweden lies in our hand and we will take care of it.

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