Moving to a new country for an assignment can be a challenging as well as an enriching experience. Below you will find a list of the things that we consider most important to think about before relocating. Hopefully these thoughts, practical tips and advice will help you prepare and set the best conditions for a successful relocation.
Our advice is to learn about the new culture, the values and the society. Study the language. If possible, visit the country in advance. Reflect on your identity and understand your own values and how you are perceived by others. Be curious in the new culture and when meeting people who are different. Ask questions and listen carefully to the answers.
Manage the expectations
Is this assignment a good match for you and your family? Are your significant other on board and what will he or she do? Do you have a backup plan if the assignment doesn’t work out?
Plan for education
Think ahead when it comes to schools for your children. Are you staying, moving back or moving somewhere new after this? Learn a bit about the school system, some countries have a more developed queuing system than others.
Housing – what is important?
Think about what’s important for you when it comes to housing. Would you like to be near nature, work or the city? Do you have hobbies that you want to continue with in your new environment? Keep in mind that this is a temporary accommodation for you. Maybe you don’t need to find your dream home here. Maybe good enough is perfect!
Ask for help
Study the services provided for you. Do you need something else? Ask for it. Apart from the must have services we always recommend intercultural competence trainings. Write down all the thoughts you have so that you can ask your relocation consultant.
Keep an open mind. Be ready to adapt to different situations and don’t be afraid to try new things. Different is good!
Learn from others
Talk to others that has relocated, colleagues, friends and people in your network. Ask for their best advice and the does and don’ts.
Patience, patience, patience!
Different is good
A relocation service package can include
- Immigration Services
- Pre-arrival orientation tour
- Home Search Services
- Move in Services
- Local Registration
- School and Day Care
- Civil Registration
- Bank Services
- Local Orientation
- Intercultural Competence Training
- Tenancy Management Services
- Cost Calculation
- Tax Consulting
- Removal Services
New in Sweden – Human Entrance is the facebookgroup for everyone who has relocated to Sweden for work. We share news, tips and advice that will help you make your new life easier and more fun! Feel free to share your own tips and interact with the members.