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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on May 04, 2023

Summary: People often describe life in Sweden as peaceful, safe, and beautiful. Expats love the high quality of life, the excellent public transportation, the stunning nature, and the friendly people. The average cost of living for an expat is around $2,500 per month, depending on the city and lifestyle. The approximate population of Sweden is 10.3 million, and the largest cities are Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Malmö. Some of the cons of living in Sweden include the high cost of living, the long winters, and the language barrier.

What do I need to know about living in Sweden?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Sweden, they said:

"Expats considering retiring in Sweden should be aware that the cost of living is relatively high, and that the climate can be cold and dark in the winter months. It is important to research the healthcare system and to make sure that you have the necessary insurance coverage. It is also important to familiarize yourself with the Swedish language and culture, as English is not widely spoken. Additionally, it is important to research the tax system and to make sure that you are aware of any applicable tax laws. Finally, it is important to research the housing market and to make sure that you are able to find suitable accommodation," commented one expat who made the move to Sweden.

"If you enjoy a socialist-type of government and you enjoy the company of more university-bound people, then Uppsala, Sweden, is a nice town to live ! There is a variety of outdoor activities to experience, the people treat you with respect, and most citizens have a humble lifestyle in this town," remarked one expat living in Uppsala, Sweden.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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