I moved from the SF Bay Area to Stockholm around 6 months ago to do my MS in computer science at KTH and I am still surprised by the amount of tech startups here. At the KTH career fairs I have met with developers from some very interesting startups that are eager to hire EU-based developers.
I speak from experience.
If you're working a low/zero skill job, you would be far better off in Sweden, although the market is extremely competitive.
Sweden has a major problem with housing, so you can forget renting an apartment in a major city — you will spend roughly 18 years on a waiting list to be able to rent anything in the centre of Gothenburg. This isn't hyperbole.
Just about everyone speaks English. Some younger people actually speak English more correctly than a significant proportion of the English population in England. Unsurprisingly, learning Swedish language and culture helps you blend in. It's not a particularly difficult language anyway.
You can forget a first hand contract from the municipal housing agencies. Second hand contracts and/or private landlords still work - but watch out for scams.
last I have read it's 10 years in Stockholm, in Åkersberga (less than an hour north of Stockholm) it would be a few years
or you can buy for 2M SEK (200,000 Euro) a nice small house in a suburb and pay the mortgage back over 50 years.
Where I was living — in Majorna/Kungsladugård — on average 2,400 people applied to rent each apartment. This was back in 2012. This would be worse now, given the refugee/migrant influx.
Barely. There is a black market for rental contracts in Sweden, which is as far as I'm aware unheard of everywhere else in the world.
Renting "i andra hand" (subletting) is extremely difficult. Want to see how bad the market is? Put a fake apartment up for rent on Blocket to test the response rate. The last time I did this, I had over 300 responses in the first half hour.
Subletting is also time-limited to a year, if I remember correctly (though perhaps some housing associations have different rules on this, and perhaps not).
The people downvoting my original comment which is somewhat critical of Sweden is good reflection of the typical Swedish mentality — borta bra men hemma bäst. There's a reason Sweden is called "China of the North".
If you can find your way it isn't bad, but I wouldn't put Sweden above places Switzerland or The Netherlands these day in terms of a good deal. Which I would have five to ten years ago.
In general I find the majority of Swedes have been very welcoming (as a caveat I say this as a very white-European looking Ukrainian, so it is easy for me to blend in aside from my language and I can't speak for people of color). The things that tend to really hit people the most here are the feeling that Swedes are _cold_ and the actual cold winters. People here may not be as outgoing with strangers as they were in Alabama or Australia (both places I've lived before Sweden), but I find they are polite and there are plenty of opportunities to meet people with similar interests. I think not speaking the language also places an additional barrier that a Swedish speaker may not have when it comes to meeting Swedes - they say it doesn't matter, but in the end if you have to say "Sorry I only speak English" when a local _does_ approach you with a comment in Swedish you can see how it would immediately potentially put a break on the interaction. Another reason I'm finally going to start taking my Swedish learning seriously!
Also, is the logo on this site messed up? It just says SEEDTAB for me without the LE, like this: https://i.imgur.com/oEN7R2Q.png. Kind of an odd bug; even the actual .svg file it links to appears like that for me (https://www.seedtable.com/img/logo.svg). I would've thought it was intentional if not for the sliver of what appears to be an L at the right end.
Normally, when exporting SVGs for the web, you would convert the text to shapes. That way, people don't need a version of the font you've used and you can guarantee it looking the same across browsers.
This isn't, implicitly, true. For Stockholm, sure. What about a city like Växjö? Or Motala? There are very decent areas to live in Sweden, close to booming tech start-ups, and aren't suffering the same plights that the capital is seeing.
Admittedly, the points-system is a bit of a pain-in-the-ass and they seemed to have a plan for it, when it first started, for newcomers to the country; however, that plan doesn't work-out so well in the terms of today.
To point: Sweden, in general, doesn't suffer from all of the plights seen in Stockholm. If Stockholm is your goto, then by all means, you should be aware of them; but a larger portion of Sweden doesn't see the same problems (yet).
Sweden is small enough where even Malmö isn't too far away - but the economical and social differences are huge. You can have your cake and eat it too.
Yeah... Motala is really relevant in the context of conversation about "Best Startups to Work for in Stockholm" (~3 hours by car).
The OP that I replied to mentioned Sweden, as a whole, which is not limited to just Stockholm, yeah?
Just saying that it’s nice in the small places like Motala can’t make businesses and people move there, unfortunately.
Motala is really nice though :)
But if anyone know of a city in Sweden with accessible good living conditions and decent opportunities I would of course be happy to hear about it.
Most stuff that you read about Sweden (ie stuff that gets shared on socisl media) is false.
We're talking about startups on a website mostly for programmers, right?
Programmers enjoy nearly free work schedule. I've seen people come at work at 7 in the morning and leave at three in the evening. Or come to work at 10 and leave at 7.
Second, work-life balance is paramount in Sweden. No one will bat an eye if you have to pick your kids early from kindergarten/school, go to a doctor's appointment, take a day off because you're sick etc.
The government even tries to combat exploitative employers by making it mandatory that employees take at least 20 days of vacation a year.
You forgot to mention that you WON’T get paid if you take a single day off work, something that makes Sweden unique in the modern world?
Sweden is a great place to work in many ways, but there are severe problems for people moving here to work if they are accustomed to other EU countries.
No, not necessarily.
Most of my career has been spent working in Sweden and/or for Swedish companies.
At only one company of the several I have worked for — my first programming job — were employees expected to arrive at 08:00.
All the others have started at 09:00, with a fair degree of flexibility.
This isn't to say Sweden is some paradise — it categorically isn't — but let's at least be accurate with our numbers.
First: it says funded not founded in 2018. I was surprised by the amounts of money and employee numbers until I noticed that I had misread that.
It would be nice to know in how many rounds the amount of money was collected, assuming that it is the total amount of funding and not valuation or revenue.
And wasn't Tibber Norwegian? Hmm
UPD: finally got it, the companies were funded in 2018, not founded
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Be aware though that finding a good apartment in Stockholm is extremely hard right now. Although even the craziest rents are way below the SF Bay Area (but of course the pay is, too).
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What ? which fight ? unless you recruit "world class developers" with a year experience in JS paying them half of the average rate with no insurances then there are no fights.
Myself and colleagues, all have worked in normal places that payed decent salaries and all the needed insurances and all got their work permits and permanent residencies approved without problems.
Actually Software development is in the "needed professions" list meaning that you can apply for a permit while you are in Sweden.
You can find startup jobs in Nordics from e.g. https://thehub.fi (Finland) or https://thehub.se (Sweden)
Same goes for quite a few other companies.