Living as an expat in Stockholm – DOs and DON’Ts

Living as an expat in Stockholm - DOs and DON'Ts

Sweden and Stockholm in particular, have a lot to offer. There’s no wonder why Sweden’s capital is a preferred destination for many expats from all over the world. But do you have what it takes to live a comfortable life in Sweden as an expat? We’re here to help!

Here are several of the most important DO’S and DON’Ts of living as an expat in Sweden and Stockholm in particular that will immensely help you overcome the culture shock and feel at ease living as an expat there:

DO learn the language
If you are a fluent English speaker, that’s a big plus. You can even spend years living in Sweden without feeling the need to learn Swedish. If you want to work there, though, you might consider learning the local language. The good news for English speakers is that English has a lot in common with Swedish, so that’s encouraging!

DON’T be surprised when Stockholm gets deserted in the summer
Don’t be surprised when Stockholmers desert their beautiful city soon after midsummer and don’t return until after about 4-6 weeks. As it turns out, local people not only know how to work hard, they also know how to rest! The good news is that while most locals are off to the country, you have all the city beauties to yourself for most of the summer.

DO be patient with Swedes
Swedes are famous for being reserved and this reputation isn’t entirely unfounded. Their innate social reserves make it a bit difficult for expats to meet and become friends with locals, but this shouldn’t discourage you! The good news is that Stockholm boasts with its thriving international community, so finding new friends among other expats and having fun with them should be easy.

DON’T get lost in Stockholm
OK, we know this is not something you would deliberately want to do, but we strongly advise you to avoid getting lost at all cost. Why? Simply because locals are not so willing to help a stranger who doesn’t even speak Swedish with directions. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule, but you shouldn’t count on them. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

DO be ready to say hello to brands you haven’t heard before
Whether it is clothing, food, or anything money can buy, for that matter, Swedes have it their own way. You will find a handful of familiar brands, of course, but most of their goods are totally unfamiliar to the expat who has just landed in Stockholm. Don’t worry, you’ll soon get the hang of it and you will find that there are some really nice things to buy in Sweden!

DON’T let yourself get frustrated
If there is just one thing that can make your life easier living as an expat (anywhere) that will be learning to embrace change. Don’t let frustration sneak into your expat life. Open your heart and senses to the new culture, new lifestyle, and new people you are inevitably going to experience and be grateful you are given the chance to live the adventurous and exciting life of the expat!