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

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
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
Newbie Stories

Meet our Newbies as their share their stories on their first time in Sweden.

Get inspired

The Newbie Blog

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


Come together and enjoy Eurovision!

It’s finally time for Eurovision! Stockholm has been sparkling the whole week and visitors from all around the globe have come to enjoy the Eurovision. But how much do you know about this musical event? For instance, why are the Swedes so crazy about it? And why does the event cause such a deb…

The Swedish attitude to weather

However much I have lived abroad and worked with people from all over the world, I am still painfully Swedish, especially when it comes to my relationship to weather. And I am not only talking about going for a walk in rain without grasping the absurdity such a stupid enterprise. I am talking abo…

How does FATCA affect you as a US person?

May is approaching and that means tax season in the US. As a US person living in Sweden you should note that new regulations called FATCA, has entered into force and that financial institutes in Sweden are obliged to inform the IRS in the US about your assets here in Sweden. What is FATCA and [&hell…