Relocation Blog

HR tip - impact of housing market in Sweden on policy. 4 must do’s and 4 never do’s!

Posted by Lena on Mar 28, 2017 2:20:00 PM

Moving staff to Sweden is a challenge with a limited housing for newcomers.
What can HR do to facilitate and shorten the time finding a property and the cost of doing it.

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Topics: HR, Moving to Sweden

10 ways you can help your cross border employees with a smooth transition

Posted by staff alexander on Mar 14, 2017 10:04:00 AM

Remember your first day on the job? Fun, confusing, nerve wrecking and being really tired at the end of the day? Imagine doing that in a new country that you’ve just moved to, with a language that is like Double Dutch and a tonne of uncertainty about how working and living in this foreign place will be. Greeting cross border employees really is an entirely different game!

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Topics: Relocation to Sweden, HR, Moving to Sweden, Swedish Immigration

Saving Electricity

Posted by staff alexander on Jan 10, 2017 8:32:00 AM

There are many ways to save electricity during the long, dark and cold Swedish winter. Some adjustments in your home or habits may seem small, but they all add up to save money and the environment.

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Topics: HR, Moving to Sweden

“What is love” and who is a relative in the eyes of the Swedish migration board?

Posted by Lena on Dec 20, 2016 8:50:33 AM

In Sweden we have a fairly limited view of what is the family member of a relocating employee. While it’s customary in many places globally to have a mother or an in-law living with you as part of the family, that isn’t considered a family relation in Sweden. While Swedes frequently co-habitat and even have children together without marrying we are more generous than other destinations that will not allow unmarried partners to move as a dependent, but the burden of proof is there and a fair amount of documentation is required. I spoke to someone last spring and he told me that he wanted his long term girlfriend to come along and going through the options he called me the next day and said “you can open up the champagne, we are getting married”. We have married many people with the help of the migration board which is the silver lining of our job as immigration experts.

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Topics: HR, Moving to Sweden, Swedish Immigration

SHORT TERM ACCOMMODATION BLUES OR BLISS?

Posted by staff alexander on Nov 29, 2016 8:31:00 AM

The last thing you want to tell your executive relocating family is that they will live in several hotel rooms for weeks or even months while waiting for a furniture delivery from the home country. Understandably most people want to get started with the new life in a new location and not postpone it by lengthy hotel/corporate apartment stays.

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Topics: Relocation to Sweden, Moving to Sweden

More rental apartments available in Sweden

Posted by Lena on Nov 22, 2016 8:45:00 AM

A much longed for improvement has finally been implemented by law. Anyone that knows anything about relocation to Sweden in general and housing shortage in Stockholm in particular will welcome this change. Building association can no longer deny an owner the permission to sublet an apartment if they have a reason. It has been difficult to say the least to rent out a flat for short or long term without a “valid” reason. Many buildings have routinely denied people the opportunity to let and therefore incurred unnecessary costs and thereby limited the rental. The Chamber of Commerce has fought an uphill battle against leftist parties in the government for many years and now finally had a very important breakthrough! We see that a lot of landlords are already thrilled by the opportunity to rent out their properties and this of course benefits our expat clients that come here for assignments and need a place to live.

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Topics: Moving to Sweden

Why landlords should care about the inspection more than the tenant

Posted by Lena on Nov 15, 2016 8:52:00 AM

Why is this more important for the landlord? Because the burden of proof lies with the landlord’s. Unless it’s documented in writing, photos can be manipulated, they have no case in case of damages. Why do we document it? To avoid endless and futile discussions, the landlord doesn’t have a case without documentation and while an honest tenant will admit, replace and reimburse a landlord not all do.

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Topics: HR, Moving to Sweden, Departure Services

Lower interest rates mean lower rents on the Stockholm housing rental market!

Posted by Lena on Nov 8, 2016 8:41:00 AM

Relocatees moving to Sweden are quickly made aware of this when looking for rental properties. There is no such thing as a free lunch, we all know this. The cost of renting is usually the cost of ownership in any market around the world. While the relationship disposable income and real estate prices don’t work in tandem and can be a nasty surprise to anyone that has to buy. We have one thing going for us and that is the low interest rates. Currently while property owners are mortgaged to the hilt thanks to the low interest rates our monthly costs aren’t as dreadful as one would think. There’s always a silver lining. While rental prices have gone up substantially in the last 18 months due to a law change allowing landlords to charge the true cost of ownership, the rates work in our favor. So yet another decrease in interest rates is excellent news for our clients and landlords alike!

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Topics: Moving to Sweden

12 tips to lighten your load when moving to Sweden

Posted by staff alexander on Jun 30, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Peak season for moving is approaching fast. With 20 years’ experience in the relocation business, we’ve learned a thing or two about moving over the years. We’d like to share our best tips to help you when moving to Sweden be an effortless experience.

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Topics: Relocation to Sweden, Moving to Sweden

How to Prepare Companies for the Brexit

Posted by Lena Rekdal on Jun 27, 2016 11:01:29 AM

The world woke up to a new reality on June 24th – the UK had voted to leave the European Union. Immediately the media went into a frenzy projecting all kinds of outcomes, with everyone wondering how to prepare for the Brexit.  Most of these outcomes were projected  being catastrophic – with none of them working in the favor of neither the UK or the EU. Even though the UK has yet to evoke Article 50 whereby the UK officially requests their departure with no way back from the EU, the UK’s leaving the European Union brings up a myriad of new questions for HR;  

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Topics: HR, Moving to Sweden, Brexit