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Unpaid leave and income tax: Essential articles for life in Sweden

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Unpaid leave and income tax: Essential articles for life in Sweden
How do you apply for an after studies permit in Sweden? Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen/NTB/TT

Income tax, electricity contracts, after-studies permits, unpaid leave, getting a refund and cheap holiday homes... here are six must-reads from The Local about life in Sweden.


Fancy owning a beautiful red wooden cottage in Sweden for the same price as a shed in London or New York? It's the best time in years for foreigners to buy property in the Nordic nation, thanks to the weak krona. Here is an entirely impartial selection of properties costing less than a million kronor (at the time of publication: €90,084, $96,691, £79,023).


So you're ready to move house, what next? In Sweden setting up electricity requires two separate contracts. Here's our guide to how to set up your contract.

If you pay for an item or service in Sweden that you do not receive or isn't up to the expected quality, you should be able to get a refund. But the process isn't always simple, so here's how to get your money back.

Sweden is an expensive place to live, with the highest earners paying up to 55 percent in tax above certain thresholds. Understanding how income tax works is crucial before a salary negotiation or accepting a job offer.

If you came to Sweden for higher education and are planning to stay for work, the chances are you have heard of the job-seeking permit, which is formerly known as the Swedish After Studies permit. The permit is meant to be the next step after a residence permit for students, and acts as a raft for those seeking employment after graduating. Here’s a look into the process of getting it, and what happens next.

Many workers in Sweden have the right to protect their job while they go on unpaid leave in order to study, start their own business, care for a sick relative, or even in some cases, try out a new job. Here's our guide.


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