Interview with Anonymous

23 March, 2016

Name: Anonymous 

Age: 19-25 

From: United Kingdom 

Now residing in: Sweden 

How long have you lived here and how long are you planning to stay?
I've been living in Sweden since 2014 and plan to be here for a few more years

Are you living alone or with your family?
I'm living here with family.

Why did you move?
I was bored in the UK and wanted more of a challenge. Moving to a new country sounded like a great opportunity.

How did you find the transition to living in a foreign country?
The first 6 months were really hard but once I got all of my paperwork and a job sorted, everything became much easier. Getting a job is key to succeed Sweden.

Was it easy making friends and meeting people; do you mainly socialise with other expats?
Making friends is tricky and most Swedes are hard to meet. There are some great expat meet ups over here and they have been fantastic.

Was it hard to get a visa or a work permit?
As I was from the EU it was fairly easy, but takes a long time.

Was it difficult for you to get medical insurance before you went there or when you first arrived
Initially no, and once I got my paperwork sorted, everyone is covered by the government,

How do you make your living in the country? Do you have any type of income generated?
I found a job and been working since.

Do you speak the language and do you think it's important to speak the local language?
I think its very important but most people speak English here so you can get by. Learning Swedish is not too hard, and the government will pay you to take courses as well.

Please add your thoughts on local customs and whether it's important for expats to respect/observe local customs.
Question not answered

Do you miss home and family sometimes?
All the time.

Do you have other plans for the future?
I plan to buy an apartment here and travel more.

What about housing, have you bought, or are you renting a home?
I'm still renting. It's difficult to rent here as competition is so high.

What is the cost of living in your new country?
£6 for a beer, £20/person for dinner, £80 for a travel pass

What do you think about the the local people?
Most people are friendly and easy to be around.

What are the positive and negative aspects of living here?
Great atmosphere and culture, but winters are tough and most Swedes take their holidays at the same time, leaving some places like a ghost town turning summer.

Do you have any tips for our readers about moving to, or living in the country?
Plan in advance and find a Swedish speaker to help you. That will make all the difference.

What is the worst experience you have had as an expat?
I got robbed in a cafe once. That's about it.

Do you have any favorite websites or blogs about the country?
http://everythingsweden.com http://www.meetup.com/good-old-fashioned-english-pub-night/

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