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Pensions, semlor and sambo visas: Essential articles for life in Sweden

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Pensions, semlor and sambo visas: Essential articles for life in Sweden
Semlor. Photo: Susanne Walström/

Energy price subsidy, Sweden's best semla, how to get a sambo visa, what Sweden's pensions envelope means, how to hang on to your permanent residency, and Scandinavian citizenship rules. Here are six must-reads from The Local about life in Sweden.


To receive Sweden's energy price subsidy by February 20th, eligible users must register their account in Swedbank's payment register. Here's how to do so, as well as what happens if you don't have BankID or a Swedish bank account, or if you live abroad.


Semla season runs roughly from New Year until Easter in Sweden. They're traditional Swedish cardamom buns filled with whipped cream and almond paste. But what should you look for in a good semla, and what should you avoid? Here's our guide to the sweet treats:

In Sweden, a sambo is domestic partner – someone you’re in a relationship with and live with, but to whom you aren’t married. If you, as a non-EU citizen, are in a sambo relationship with a Swedish citizen, you can apply for a residence permit on the basis of that relationship. But meeting the requirements of that permit is not always straightforward.

Over the next few weeks, orange envelopes will be sent out to people across Sweden with important information about your pension. The document can feel intimidating, but here's what you need to know in order to decipher it.

Several respondents to a recent survey by The Local said that one of the problems they faced in Sweden was uncertainty over how long they can leave the country without losing their right to stay. Here are the rules so far as we understand them.

As Sweden considers tightening its rules for both citizenship and permanent residency, we take a look at how Sweden's citizenship requirements compare to other Scandinavian countries.


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