Welcome to the Newbie Guide to Sweden

New in Sweden? Does everything seem a bit confusing? Here at the NEWBIE GUIDE we help you make sense of everything new.
Just arrived & before
Just arrived? Here we guide you through your first steps in Sweden.
Get started
Here we gathered information about your different Swedish learning options.
Learn Swedish
Learn about your rights & duties and what you can do to find a job.
Find work
Why is it so difficult to find accommodation in Sweden and what can you do to improve your changes on the rental market?
Find housing
Newbie Stories
Meet our Newbies as their share their stories on their first time in Sweden.
Get inspired
Make friends & get connected
Here you find organisations that will ease our way into Swedish society & language.
Get connected
The Newbie Guide Group
Join our Newbie Guide Group and connect with other Newbies in Sweden.
Join the Newbie Guide Group
In need of medical care? Here you find information on your different medical options.
Your medical options
Most driving licenses are valid in Sweden – at least for a limited period of time.
Get around

The Newbie Blog

The source for everything. Follow our multinational team of bloggers and get a more personal view on Newbie life.


Parental advisory: Explicit content!

Someone once said that you master a language only when you can swear naturally with it. This is probably true. Most of the times swearwords are related to strong feelings and stressful situations, when it is not easy to control your tongue. Thus the difficulty not to sound artificial. If you can hit…
Rooster proverb

I have a rooster in my throat

Swedes are usually very good at English but sometimes, as you are likely to notice if you hang out with Swedes long enough – things can get a bit confusing. And it quite often has to do with proverbs that really don’t work when directly translated. But what are proverbs? A proverb is a p…

Music Mania – Melodifestivalen Quiz

Tonight the selection tour for Melodifestivalen will start – an event that has become something of a folk festival in Sweden. The artist who wins the Swedish contest will represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest. But the most important question of course – is how YOU know about M…