Swedish Social Security System and Healthcare
Sweden offers high quality social insurance and societal services, such as childcare and healthcare, free of charge or at a very low cost. Schools offer high quality education, also free of charge. Below are some examples of services and corresponding prices:
Free (In the means that your employer pays the taxes to cover these costs. And you don’t have to think about it)
Maximum cost of 1478 SEK/child/month
Maximum cost of 986 SEK/child/month
Free, and free Lunch in school
You can read about a few topics related to parental leave in Sweden and information about the Swedish Social Insurance Agency, Försäkringskassan and MVC = Mödravårdscentral (Maternal Healthcare Centre)
Swedish for Immigrants (SFI) is the national free Swedish language course offered to most categories of immigrants. Tuition and course literature are free of charge.
SFI is directed towards people who lack basic Swedish skills and the age limit for the courses is sixteen. The municipality (local authority) in which the person lives pays for your courses. Applications to take the courses are made to the municipality's adult education department (kommunens vuxenutbildning). There are several levels of Swedish education and, upon evaluation, people will be placed in the class best suited to their level.
For more information on Lund municipality's information about SFI, click here.
If attending a language course isn't suitable, or if you would like to pursue some extra practice on your own, here are some tools that might help in learning the language. These also help in getting more familiar with the Swedish culture in different ways:
YouTube: there are plenty of videos teaching about the Swedish language or culture - in more or less serious ways! A good start might be the video called "10 best ways to learn Swedish fast!"
Free language apps: There are a number of apps that could help in learning the language for free, directly in a mobile phone fx. Babbel, Duolingo and Memrise are three excellent examples, which focus on vocabulary and pronunciation. They can be found in the App or Google Store.
Hej Svenska!: An online interactive Swedish learning tool.
Babbel: The online version of the previously mentioned app.
Swedish can also be learnt through audio lessons with, for example, the Pimsleur method
BBi (Better Business international): Also offers language training via e-learning and virtual classrooms on their website.
Swedish News at Beginner Level
For those who would like to be able to follow Swedish news, but in English, there is one useful online website called The Local.T or if you'd rather read the news in Swedish, there is a newspaper called 8 sidor (8 pages), which is written in simple Swedish. On their website you can order your own subscription or read some of the latest news.
Sveriges radio (Swedish radio) also provides a news programme with news in simple Swedish called "Klartext". To listen to the programme or read about the latest news visit their website.
Swedish Books at Beginner Level
The publisher LL-förlaget (Lättläst-förlaget = Easy to read publisher) provides a lot of books in simple Swedish - from classic Swedish novels to modern novels from other countries. The books can be ordered on their website.
Fact Sheets About Sweden
In order to find out more about Sweden, the Swedish Institute has summarised fact sheets about Sweden, covering different areas that might be of interest.
When relocating a family it is of utmost importance that the children have good pre-schools/schools, both high qualities of the education as well as a good social life with new friends.
There are several options for international pre-schools and schools.
A Selection of Schools in the Malmö, Lund, and Helsingborg area:
A complete list with links to all international schools in southern Sweden can be found here,
where an overview of private and public schools, from preschool and compulsory school to upper secondary education and higher education, is provided.
There are many great ways to socialise and expand networks in the Skåne Region:
Things to See and Do in Sweden
Things to do in Skåne contains a variety of information on Skåne in general.
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