Living in Stockholm
Living in Stockholm 2018-08-15T14:03:35+00:00

Living in Stockholm

On this page, SDCN members have compiled some useful facts and info about living in Stockholm to help fellow expat partners kick-start their life in Stockholm. Questions unanswered? Send an email to info@sdcn.se and ask us!

Here you can download a pdf check-list for your first steps in Stockholm.

Income Tax 2017-10-30T14:19:27+00:00

The Swedish Tax Agency – Skatteverket is responsible for the registration and collection of personal income tax and corporate tax. So make sure you are registered with Skatteverket, not only for easy tax return process but also for accessing other Skatteverket services. Of course, you will need your personnummer and, if you want to use Skatteverket’s e-service, you should register for an e-ID app (for example, Mobilt Bank ID) with your bank.

Filing individual tax returns in Sweden is quite easy for salaried employees:

  • Tax is deducted automatically from your pay-check at the applicable rate each month,
  • Income tax returns come pre-filled with information provided to the Skatterverket by employers, banks and other income sources,
  • You can check your tax return via Skatteverket’s e-service or wait for the pre-printed form mailed to you mid-April,
  • For most people, tax filing is a matter of confirming Skatteverket’s calculations online, by text message, by phone or by post. Filing deadline is usually at the beginning of May.
  • Once you have filed, if you overpaid taxes and are owed a refund, you shall automatically receive the refund in the form of a deposit to your bank account or a check by post.

More info is available on the Skatteverket‘s website.


Useful Links:

Common tax deductibles.

Tax relief for foreign key personnel, application must be submitted by the employer or foreign person within three months of the start of employment.



This document was compiled by volunteer members of SDCN for informational purposes, to help expat partners kick-start their life in Stockholm. We welcome your comments at communication@sdcn.se.


Schooling 2017-10-30T14:19:58+00:00

Finding available placement at daycare (förskola) or preschool (förskoleklass) is important to keep you sane.

Children can be enrolled in daycare (förskola) only after they turn 1. In Stockholm, you can register your child for förskola when your child has turned 6 months. Make sure to do it  as soon as possible as there can be a long waiting period in Stockholm, especially if you have your eyes set on a specific daycare or location. It is always good to visit prior to registration/enrollment as expectations differ.

In August of the year your child turns 6, they can go to preschool (förskoleklass). Preschools vary in setting and pedagogy, so again make sure you scope out the options open to you. For the public school you can register in January-February the same year. For private alternatives or international schools, you need to check the institution’s deadline.

Children from 7 to 16 receive compulsory education in Sweden. All education provided by the government is free but you can choose the institution you want for your child(ren).

Children from the age of 7 (grundskola) usually attend primary schools that follow the Swedish curriculum. Alternatively, there are also international preschools and schools that follow international curriculums (e.g. IB –International Baccalaureate) if you are concerned about international mobility. Upon finishing primary and passing a national test, students can attend a 3-year upper secondary school / high school program (Gymnasieskola, not compulsory).

For children in primary schools who speak a language other than Swedish at home, Stockholms Stad offers free Modersmål (mother tongue) classes. Language teachers come to the school to help children practice and develop their first language one to two hours a week. Enrollment is through the primary school directly, not through the city.


Information, search and apply for schools in Stockholm (government website)


Click here for a list of International Schools in Stockholm.


This document was compiled by volunteer members of SDCN for informational purposes, to help expat partners kick-start their life in Stockholm. We welcome your comments at communication@sdcn.se.

Dental care 2017-10-30T15:21:55+00:00

Dental care in Sweden is not included in regular healthcare coverage.

It is free for Swedish residents up to 20 years of age.

After that, you must be registered with Försäkringskassan and have visited an accredited dentist (tandläkare), who sends in a report to the Försäkringskassan, in order to receive dental treatment at subsidized rates.

There is a high-cost protection on dental expenses, currently set at SEK 3 000 / year.  This high-cost protection covers 50% of the charges for bills between SEK 3 000 and SEK 15 000 and 85% of the charges for bills over SEK 15 000. The cost protection is calculated from year to year and restricted to certain procedures.

Patients who suffer from certain long-term illnesses can apply to receive free dental care if they meet the requirements.

It is also possible to buy extra dental insurance at a rate that depends on a doctor’s assessment of the state of your teeth. This insurance is then valid for three years.


This document was compiled by volunteer members of SDCN for informational purposes, to help expat partners kick-start their life in Stockholm. We welcome your comments at communication@sdcn.se.

International schools in Stockholm 2018-04-23T11:25:58+00:00

International schools in Stockholm

British International Primary School of Stockholm

Curriculum: British
Grades: Preschool, Grades 1 – 7

De Nederlande School in Stockholm

p/a British International Primary School
Grades: Primary school and secondary education
Language: Dutch

Deutsche Schule Stockholm

Curriculum: German
Grades: Preschool, Grades 1 – 12

Internationella Engelska Skolan (Nacka)

Curriculum/language: Swedish /English
Grades: 4 – 9

Engelska Skolan Norr

Curriculum/ Language: Swedish /English
Grades: Preschool – 5 & 6 -9

Internationella Engelska Skolan (Bromma)

Grades: 4 – 9
Curriculum: Swedish

Europaskolan (Södermalm/Vasastan)

Language: Swedish/English

Internationella Engelska Gymnasiet Södermalm

Curriculum: Swedish and the IB

International School of the Stockholm Region (ISSR)

Curriculum: Schooling for children aged between 3 and 8, including the IB

French Lycée Saint Louis de Stockholm (Lycée Français)

Curriculum: French
Grades: Preschool, Grades 1 – 12

Futuraskolan International School of Stockholm

Grades: 1-9
Language: English

Internationella Kunskapsskolan

Grades: High School
Curriculum: Swedish/International

Internationella Engelska Gymnasiet Södermalm

Curriculum/Language: Swedish/English

Internationella Engelska Skolan (Enskede)

Curriculum/Lauange: Swedish/English
Grades: 6 – 9

Internationella Engelska Skolan (Täby)

Curriculum/Language: Swedish /English
Grades: 4 – 6 (Junior School) & 7 – 9 (Senior School)

Internationella Engelska Skolan


Kungsholmen Gymnasium

Curriculum: International Baccalaureate
Grades: 10-12

Rödabergsskolan (Norrmalm)

Curriculum: Swedish
Language: English
Grades: 1-9

Sigtunaskolan Humanistiska Läroverket (Sigtuna)

Grades: Middle years – High School
Language: Swedish/English
Curriculum: IB program

Spanska skolan – Colegio español

Grades: 1 – 6

Stockholm International School

Grades: Kindergarten – 9
Curriculum: International / International Baccalaureate

Stockholms Språkskola (Elma School)

Grades: 1-9
Curriculum/language: Swedish/English

Viktor Rydbergs Gymnasium (VRG) & Samskola (VRS)

Grades: 3 Gymnasium High schools (10-12) and 1 middle school (7-9)
Curriculum/Language: Swedish/ English


Curriculum/Languages: Swedish/English
Grades: Preschool & 1 -9

The Tanto International School

Curriculum: English National Curriculum
Grades: Preschool, Grades 1 – 6


This document was compiled by volunteer members of SDCN for informational purposes, to help expat partners kick-start their life in Stockholm. We welcome your comments at communication@sdcn.se.

Meeting other parents and families 2017-10-30T14:24:27+00:00

Relocation with children can be fun when you meet like-minded parents. Many places in Stockholm cater for parents and young children, such as öppna förskolor, open preschools, leklands, lekplatsen (playgrounds) and parkleken (children parks), and many children activities are free! You can find out more by visiting the state library (https://biblioteket.stockholm.se/en/), Barnavårdscentral (BVC), and the list of playgrounds in Stockholm here. There are also activities that you can do with your baby, such as baby massage and swimming classes. You can also join Facebook groups (e.g. “Mums in Sweden – English speakers”, a closed Facebook group) or other meetup group for international parents in Sweden, where there are almost daily events and many cool parents to chat to. Within Stockholm Stad, Kulturskolan (the School of Arts) offers children between the ages of 6 and 22 classes in music, singing, theatre, musicals, dance, circus, art and media for very reasonable fee (http://kulturskolan.stockholm.se).


Other links:

Öppen forskola

Child Friendly Cafes

Indoor play areas

Little Bear Abroad


This document was compiled by volunteer members of SDCN for informational purposes, to help expat partners kick-start their life in Stockholm. We welcome your comments at communication@sdcn.se.

What you need to do first: A check-list 2018-02-27T10:22:31+00:00


  1.  Apply for a personal number (Personnummer)

If you plan to live in Sweden for a year or more, you need to visit the Skatteverket office so you can be registered in the Swedish Population Register. You will be given a Swedish personal identity number (personnummer) and be registered as living in a building with an address. Your civil status and any relationship to your spouse, children or parent will also be registered. Find how to do it here.


  1. Population registration certificate (Personbevis)

Some authorities or organisations may request that you present a population registration certificate (personbevis) along with an application for their services. A population registration certificate is an extract from the population register showing what information is registered about you, such as your name, address, and civil status. You can order a population registration certificate at Skatteverket once you have received your personnummer.


  1. ID card (ID-kort)

Once you receive your personnummer, we recommend that you apply for your Swedish ID card (ID-kort or identitetskort) at Skatteverket. It is an approved form of identification within Sweden, for example as proof of your age and identity at places such as pharmacies, banks, shops etc. However, it cannot be used as a travel document. There is a SEK 400-fee to pay for the application. More information here.


  1. The Swedish Employment Agency (Arbetsförmedlingen)

Once you have your personnummer and if you are eligible to work in Sweden, register with the Swedish employment agency. To be honest, it is unlikely that you will find your next job through Arbetsförmedlingen but registration may be required when you apply for certain jobs, programmes or internships (see below), and it is free so it is a good idea to register sooner rather later. Read more here and follow the instructions for registration.

A valid registration is one of the eligibility criteria for some internship and career programmes, such as:


  • Korta vägen (the short-cut) is run by Stockholm University but you apply through your case officer at Arbetsförmedlingen. Kortavägen starts twice a year and consists of 26 weeks of full-time study and internship.
  • Jobbsprånget: Jobbsprånget is a four-month internship program for newcomers with a university degree.  


  1. Career Tips with or without a personnummer
  • Register your cv or your LinkedIn page with Novare Potential. It’s free you do not need a personnummer or Arbetsförmedlingen to register.
  • To make connections with professionals in your field, sign up for those two free programs:
    • Yrkesdörren will match you with a professional in the same field. This person will meet you and try to connect you with more people in your professional area in Sweden. Free, no personnummer needed and available in English if you need.
    • Mitt Livs Chans will match you with a mentor, who will help you with your career over the course of 2 months (in English) to 8 months (in Swedish). Again, free and no personnummer needed.


  1. The Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan)

It is a government authority that pays out money to individuals in various situations (child benefits, dental insurance, internship subsidies, parental leave, etc.). Once you have your personnummer and ID you can register at the social insurance agency. Read more about it and get the forms here.


  1. Healthcare – 1177

It is wise to register yourself at 1177. Go online to register and consult the information about your healthcare needs in Sweden.

Healthcare abroad

You can get emergency healthcare in the Nordic countries (Norway, Finland, Denmark, Iceland) by showing your Swedish ID and providing your Swedish address.

You can get emergency healthcare in the 28 countries of the EU plus Switzerland (regardless of your own citizenship) under the same conditions as local residents thanks to the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) once of course you have your personnummer and are registered with Försäkringskassan. The card is free and valid for three years but order it at least 10 days before you travel. Go here to apply.


This document was compiled by volunteer members of SDCN for informational purposes, to help expat partners kick-start their life in Stockholm. We welcome your comments at communication@sdcn.se.