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Posted by: Zaprin Geguskov 27.Jun.2017, 08:33 AM

Hello, everybody my name is Zaprin!

I'm about to move to Sweden /in 4-5months/, but i dont speak any Swedish at all. I'm 26 years old and i want to move to different country. I spoke to friend of mine in Denmark and he suggested me to find a job in Sweden, because it's more friendly than Denmark.

Right now i'm working as Video operator for TV News for about a year. I worked in Call center, also worked as Support IT for few months.

I also have around 8 years of Photography experience i have my own camera and lenses. I do wedding, sport and interior photography. But the problem is i don't speak Swedish and i'm almost fluent in English. My girlfriend is currently working for Ikea in Bulgaria.

Will it be possible for me to find a decent job, or i will have trouble finding a decent one?

Usually for those kind of jobs im seeking /my opinion/ i dont think Swedish language is necessary.

Posted by: Barcaloni911 27.Jun.2017, 11:40 AM

most of Swedes in major cities at least speak perfect English, so in my opinion it is difficult, plus take in consideration that in any country around the globe, a local language always prefered to be spoken rather than a foreign one, so speaking English in Sweden is not an advantage, however, if your line of work is in high demand you might find a job but you have to look for it otherwise your chances are slim to none and that's only based on my experience and my opinion only, i could be right and i could be wrong

Posted by: Bsmith 27.Jun.2017, 12:01 PM

It is difficult to find work in Sweden even if you did speak Swedish.

Posted by: havreguard 27.Jun.2017, 02:32 PM

Not sure Sweden is friendlier than Denmark. Don't get me wrong, I love life in Sweden but whenever I've visited Denmark, it's felt a bit more relaxed and closer to the UK for example.

Truth is, it's always going to be hard to get work if you don't speak the language. It's true that some companies use English as a working language but not speaking Swedish is naturally always going to put you at a disadvantage compared to someone who does as it would in any country.

Posted by: the_austrian 28.Jun.2017, 07:22 AM

Hi, you have absolutely nothing to worry about in my opinion. I found a job instantly with only English, and from then onwards to can build up your Swedish to become more employable. However, be prepared that most jobs that you will find will be project management jobs or Sales. If you are willing to do this for a while until you are settled in Swedish, this should not be a problem. If you speak any other European languages in addition to Swedish, that will be more of an advantage for you too.

Posted by: Mistress_Of_Doom 28.Jun.2017, 11:31 PM

It might be harder, but absolutely possible. I'm only fluent in English and I found a job in Sweden.

Posted by: Zaprin Geguskov 29.Jun.2017, 07:30 AM

Thanks guys! I will start studying Swedish as soon as i get there and of course find a job. I have Bachelor degree IT, but i didn't like the education system and i don't remember a lot.

I speak English, Bulgarian and Deutsch a little bit. I want to work the jobs i listed in my first comment /Video Operator, Photographer or Support IT/ . I know its going to be hard to find a job, since all swedes speak also English and Swedish, but at least for photography job i can provide a portfolio and i think this might help me.

A friend of mine told me for those kind of jobs its better to go to Norway, but i've heard that its harder to find a job there and more expensive to live than Sweden.

Posted by: Svedallas 29.Jun.2017, 08:52 AM

QUOTE (Zaprin Geguskov @ 27.Jun.2017, 09:33 AM) *
Hello, everybody my name is Zaprin!

I'm about to move to Sweden /in 4-5months/, but i dont speak any Swedish at all. I'm 26 years old and i want to move to different country. I spoke to friend of mine in Denmark and he suggested me to find a job in Sweden, because it's more friendly than Denmark.

Right now i'm working as Video operator for TV News for about a year. I worked in Call center, also worked as Support IT for few months.

I also have around 8 years of Photography experience i have my own camera and lenses. I do wedding, sport and interior photography. But the problem is i don't speak Swedish and i'm almost fluent in English. My girlfriend is currently working for Ikea in Bulgaria.

Will it be possible for me to find a decent job, or i will have trouble finding a decent one?

Usually for those kind of jobs im seeking /my opinion/ i dont think Swedish language is necessary.


You're moving because of what your friend told you?!

Have you even been to Sweden? Sweden is certainly not for everyone.
How can you compare it to Denmark?
To many, Denmark is far more friendlier than Sweden. But then your friend advised you not to move to Denmark?!

This sounds very poorly researched.

Posted by: Zaprin Geguskov 29.Jun.2017, 11:19 AM

Well he lived in Sweden and Denmark and he said that Sweden was better place for newcomers, he lives in Denmark, because of family reasons. Also i was thinking to move out long time ago... was saving money for a fresh new start.

Im still on a crossroad thats why im asking smile.gif

Posted by: Svedallas 29.Jun.2017, 11:50 AM

QUOTE (Zaprin Geguskov @ 29.Jun.2017, 12:19 PM) *
Well he lived in Sweden and Denmark and he said that Sweden was better place for newcomers, he lives in Denmark, because of family reasons. Also i was thinking to move out long time ago... was saving money for a fresh new start.

Im still on a crossroad thats why im asking smile.gif


So you have never actually been to either countries.
You are just taking a whim?

Boy, I wish you luck...

Posted by: BhuBhuKaZoo 29.Jun.2017, 02:04 PM

Hey Zaprin!

Well, It's not easy but I think you will find a role but like someone said earlier - jobs are mainly based in sales, project management and IT. So it maybe a bit difficult as (understandably), employers tend to employ those that speak both English and Swedish.

Think about it. Maybe move over for a few weeks - see how the country feels? Summer is the worst time though to search for a job as everyone is off work FYI! Best luck will be end of August I would say and Easter!

Posted by: intrepidfox 21.Oct.2017, 06:49 PM

QUOTE (just_a_stranger @ 21.Oct.2017, 04:50 PM) *
Be ready to face lots of racism and discrimination. Swedish people don't like foreigners, and especially people from outside EU / US.


What a load of crap. The Swedes are probably the most tolerant people in the world but when their country is swamped with illiterate Somalians and fanatic arab muslims that just sponge of the state and cause trouble then you can understand that they are fed up

Posted by: flaneur 23.Oct.2017, 08:14 PM

It depends on you. Some people can’t find jobs in their native language, not to mention in Swedish. Some people can’t find a job even if you tell them where to look for it.

Posted by: Bsmith 23.Oct.2017, 08:58 PM

So true. But, then some don't really want a job.

Posted by: Cheeseroller 25.Oct.2017, 07:47 AM

If you already speak some German, why not consider Germany? It's easier to find an apartment, apartment rent is lower, food prices are 30% less, taxes are lower and you have the option to drive to Bulgaria to visit relatives rather than fly. Lots of work for people with IT skills, but also other jobs as well.

Compared to Sweden, it seems to me there are many more photo studio's in Germany - especially those that focus on portraits, events etc. There are two photographers in our village of 10,000 population. Of course, IKEA is also in Germany so perhaps your girlfriend can get a transfer - although she should have basic fluency in German first.

You will both need to learn a language whether you move to Sweden or Germany - but with 80M population and it's strong economy, there are more opportunities in Germany long term. If being among friendly people is important, the people in the North Rhine-Westphalia region are said to be the friendliest in Germany and we have had a very positive experience here.

Posted by: Svedallas 25.Oct.2017, 01:13 PM

QUOTE (intrepidfox @ 21.Oct.2017, 07:49 PM) *
What a load of crap. The Swedes are probably the most tolerant people in the world but when their country is swamped with illiterate Somalians and fanatic arab muslims that just sponge of the state and cause trouble then you can understand that they are fed up


Very true.
But this has been the same problem for many years. The only thing is the Arab muslims are far more than there ever has been...and with all the idle time they have, all they do is get into crime.

Posted by: rex 29.Oct.2017, 10:39 PM

QUOTE (Svedallas @ 25.Oct.2017, 01:13 PM) *
Very true.
But this has been the same problem for many years. The only thing is the Arab muslims are far more than there ever has been...and with all the idle time they have, all they do is get into crime.


The only truism here is that you're a racist who probably doesn't know a single person from the Middle East, wherever the fuck you're supposed to live.

Posted by: Svedallas 30.Oct.2017, 03:54 PM

QUOTE (rex @ 29.Oct.2017, 10:39 PM) *
The only truism here is that you're a racist who probably doesn't know a single person from the Middle East, wherever the fuck you're supposed to live.


Not a racist. Realist. Big difference...
Are you here to defend the middle east?

Wrong forum.

Posted by: intrepidfox 30.Oct.2017, 09:00 PM

QUOTE (rex @ 29.Oct.2017, 10:39 PM) *
The only truism here is that you're a racist who probably doesn't know a single person from the Middle East, wherever the fuck you're supposed to live.


The racist word is used to exctinction. The facts are that Somalians, Arabs are the cause of all gang crimes and shootings here. Most do not work and will not work.

Sweden has been destroyed because of you left wing wankers

Posted by: Cheeseroller 31.Oct.2017, 01:09 AM

Next time Expressen or Aftondagbladet publishes an article on the top tax payers in Sweden, complete with name and addresses, look for the foreign names. Then you will understand the glass ceilings that exist even for white European, highly educated foreigners in this country.

Posted by: SwediePie 30.Sep.2018, 06:33 PM

There are a lot of companies that will hire you if you don't speak Swedish, but the majority of companies in Sweden still require (or strongly prefer) that you you speak Swedish.

It's a waste of time applying to jobs that list Swedish as a requirement, so you're better off directly targeting the companies/roles that don't list it as a requirement.

Here's an article that goes over which companies will and won't hire you in Sweden if you don't speak Swedish: http://thelagompursuit.se/where-to-find-a-job-in-sweden-without-speaking-swedish/

Posted by: SmokerT69 1.Oct.2018, 11:22 AM

It took me over a year to find work, and it's not full time. Whenever they have work for me, I work. It's been around 40-50 hours a week, but only around 2 weeks a month. I speak basic swedish and french, and English is my mother tounge. To be fair, I've noticed the people I work with and our employers normally prefer to deal with me, being British. The Swedes normally always strike up a conversation with me and the people who hire us tend to come to me to pass on orders. On a few occasions people will just treat me like one of the Swedes, but once they notice I'm British, it seems I'm the center point of communication. Especially if the employers are German or other Europeans. Where as they tend to shun the eastern Europeans and arabs/Africans.

Posted by: ehsabd 2.Apr.2019, 10:54 AM

QUOTE (flaneur @ 23.Oct.2017, 09:14 PM) *
It depends on you. Some people can’t find jobs in their native language, not to mention in Swedish. Some people can’t find a job even if you tell them where to look for it.


I guess this is a good answer. The language is important but it's not the only factor. Your skills and the way you search for the job is important too.

Posted by: DuneSunny 2.Apr.2019, 12:55 PM

All I see is that the professional requirements are increasing but the salaries are not compared to other countries. I recently had a friend who applied to be a journalist assistant to a print journalist who was being posted to Stockholm for one of the big German Newspapers. The requirement was that you should be a trained print journalist and fluent in German and Swedish and if possible a basic knowledge of English as well and have a minimum of 5 years work experience. They ticked all of the boxes and had 10 years work experience. Then another candidate applied, who could do all of the above, plus they were trained in both print and media journalism and were also fluent in Finish and Danish, i.e. could speak 5 languages write reports in all of the languages as well as stand before a TV camera and report in all 5 languages fluently. This candidate got the job. The salary, SEK 25,000/month! Hardly worth it for all of that experience.

Posted by: Svedallas 22.Apr.2019, 01:43 PM

QUOTE (DuneSunny @ 2.Apr.2019, 01:55 PM) *
All I see is that the professional requirements are increasing but the salaries are not compared to other countries. I recently had a friend who applied to be a journalist assistant to a print journalist who was being posted to Stockholm for one of the big German Newspapers. The requirement was that you should be a trained print journalist and fluent in German and Swedish and if possible a basic knowledge of English as well and have a minimum of 5 years work experience. They ticked all of the boxes and had 10 years work experience. Then another candidate applied, who could do all of the above, plus they were trained in both print and media journalism and were also fluent in Finish and Danish, i.e. could speak 5 languages write reports in all of the languages as well as stand before a TV camera and report in all 5 languages fluently. This candidate got the job. The salary, SEK 25,000/month! Hardly worth it for all of that experience.


This is the point.
If you can only offer English, when Swedes can also speak and write perfect English, you are not really offering anything at all. Also, Swedes are always going to be preferred, because this is, SWEDEN!

The only exception is 1. if you have a very impressive background, working minimum 5 years at a globally known company...otherwise, you are at the bottom of the pile.
I dont even believe that going to top grad schools can make that much of a difference.
2. If you have been in Sweden for at least 10+ years and understand Sweden work culture.


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