Just arrived?

Newbie in town? Planning to move here? Or maybe just started to settle? Well, first and foremost: WELCOME! Here you find information about your initial time in Sweden. We recommend that you start by reading “10 things to get you started”.

10 things to get you started

We all have to get started somewhere – and this is our tried and tested top 10 list to get you up and running.

Get started
Visa & Residence permit

Your first step is to apply for a visa or a residence permit. The duration and purpose of your stay determines which one to apply for.

Which one do you need?
Register for personal number

When you register at the Tax Agency you will be added to the Swedish Tax System and get a unique identification number.

Read more
Register for welfare

Register at the Swedish Insurance Agency and become part of what some call the best Social Security System in the World.

Get secure
Get an Swedish ID-card

Having a Swedish ID-Card – a so called ID–kort – will make your life in Sweden a lot easier. You need it at all times.

Get an ID-card
Get insurance

The Social Security System covers a lot but not everything, so it can be a good idea to look into private insurance, such as home insurance.

Insurance options
Bank accounts & Bank ID

A credit card and and Bank ID will make your life here a lot easier – especially since few people pay with cash.

Get banking
Medborgarkontor - citizens advice bureau

Medborgarkontor is a co-locating service where citizens can turn to with questions concerning life in the municipality.

The refugee guide to Sweden

Are you seeking asylum in Sweden? Here you find information about your rights, obligations and possibilities.

The Refugee Guide to Sweden
Social orientation for newcomers

The course “Samhällsorientering för nyanlända” provides vital information for you who is new in Sweden.

Social orientation
The Guide to the Authority Jungle

This guide give you a brief overview of the different (Newbie relevant) authorities and their main tasks and responsibilities.

The Authority Jungle
LGBT Rights in Sweden

It is, according to Swedish law, illegal to discriminate a person due to that person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

LGBT Rights in Sweden