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Mpf
Posted on: 11.Feb.2021, 07:01 PM





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3rd country but treated like a 3rd world country by the EU!
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Posted on: 8.Feb.2021, 02:20 PM





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Don't forget, now that the UK is no longer in the EU it is not as simple as just applying to change licences anymore. The UK as seen as a third world country! Your UK licence will probably be valid for 12 months and then you'll need to take a Swedish test!
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Posted on: 2.Feb.2021, 11:46 AM





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So what you're saying is the anti-vaxxers held a demonstration which ended up denying those who wanted the vaccine from getting it!

Yet if they had been pinned down and force to have the vaccine there would, and rightly so, been uproar!

What the F is wrong with people over there? Now there are reports of people who stormed the Capitol demanding that the steal be stopped didn't even vote! Here's an idea, if you want your side to have any chance of winning in a democracy you have to... Oh yeah VOTE!

I have no time for anti-vaxxers anyway. Those who have the vaccine will most probably have some protection against the virus but might still be able to pass it on. Anti-vaxxers will have no protection and can also pass it on!

Amazes me how people can go buy some crap off the street from a dodgy looking guy called Kevin, with 6 fingers and 3 eyes, who has just cooked up some "shit" in his filthy kitchen and then inject it in their arm without a second thought. Yet a drug developed by scientists in laboratory conditions and tested "is a little bit dodgy" for them as they don't know what's in it!
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Posted on: 28.Jan.2021, 12:39 PM





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https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries

UK 54 560 per 1M pop
Sweden 55 298 per 1M pop

Sweden's infection rate is higher - just agree for once the facts are there!
  Forum: Life in Sweden · Post Preview: #960029 · Replies: 644 · Views: 507,958

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Posted on: 27.Jan.2021, 10:39 PM





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  Forum: Life in Sweden · Post Preview: #960022 · Replies: 644 · Views: 507,958

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Posted on: 27.Jan.2021, 02:25 PM





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I guess my point is - why deny the public a vaccine based on the number of doses per vial, when they are paying for doses and not vials. If you get 6 doses per vial rather than 5, they are still only paying for the doses they have asked for. They could have 100 doses per vial - the number bought and paid for doesn't change, just the number of vials - so why deny the public?
  Forum: Life in Sweden · Post Preview: #960012 · Replies: 644 · Views: 507,958

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Posted on: 27.Jan.2021, 01:03 PM





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HMRC can pay direct to your UK bank. I know because HMRC recently paid me directly into my bank after I questioned why they sent me a UK sterling cheque to my overseas address! Likewise, I know Barclays are closing accounts for people with EU addresses, but if you have access to someone in the UK (family member maybe) you can register the account there and maintain your account.
  Forum: Life in Sweden · Post Preview: #960007 · Replies: 4 · Views: 16,386

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Posted on: 27.Jan.2021, 12:56 PM





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I don't know if any of you have read the reports in the press but it appears that Sweden has now stopped payment for the COVID vaccine because of an argument about the number of doses you can get from 1 vial. Apparently the original number was 5 doses per vial, but now it appears that this has been increased to 6 doses "with the right syringe"!

As Sweden pays per dose, surely there is no issue as long as Sweden has the "right" syringes. All it means is that Sweden will receive less vials but the doses and the price, therefore, remain the same.

So why are the Swedish government denying the public access to the vaccine on something that doesn't really matter. All seems a little bonkers to me!
  Forum: Life in Sweden · Post Preview: #960006 · Replies: 644 · Views: 507,958

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Posted on: 21.Jan.2021, 10:13 AM





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Isn't it the case that even as an EU citizen if you stay and work beyond 90 days you need to apply for residency?
  Forum: Life in Sweden · Post Preview: #959746 · Replies: 36 · Views: 59,821

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Posted on: 15.Dec.2020, 01:33 PM





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QUOTE (TheExpatEagle @ 11.Dec.2020, 08:49 PM) *
You seem to know it all so why are you asking for advice? You only seem to want to hear "positive" things so just do what you want to do. None of us here will be living your life so ignore all of us that are not telling you what you want to hear and listen to the people who are.

Some people call other people cynical, negative or whatever. I prefer realist, honest and so on. You pay your money you take your choice.

Your life, your fuck up.


I am not asking for advice! I am already happily living here! Besides, this is probably the last place I would personally go for advice as many of the posters here are so negative about Sweden yet chose, for whatever reason, to live here, regret it and bash people who opt to go down the same road they chose! Bonkers really, but someone did ask advice and I offered mine - without being negative about their choices.
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Posted on: 11.Dec.2020, 11:47 AM





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As expected there is much negativity here from someone who was looking for advice. Obviously they have their reasons and is truing to get ahead of the curve and forums like this shouldn't be geared towards bashing someone because of the negative issues you have encountered.

As with any major move, there are always highs and lows, good and bad experiences and I understand that people want to point out the pitfalls, especially those which posters might have encountered themselves.

Not everything is doom and gloom though. I for one have no regrets about moving here back in 2007. I moved here with no real savings. Was in receipt of a couple of work related pensions and what I could fit in my car.

Before moving here I must have applied for hundreds of jobs and received all but one reply and that was for the British Embassy. I did pick up a job pretty quickly though, not through an application but through networking. The job found me rather than the me finding the job and have been there ever since. I still do not speak Swedish, not something I am proud of but my job does not require me to use it and home life is all English!

Even without the language I have still managed to buy and sell cars and houses and do everything in between. Life is what YOU make it. If you work hard and stick with it and know what it is you want to achieve anything is possible. Sure there will be times when you get knocked back or down but you need to learn from your experiences.

Someone else mentioned on here not to look the gift horse in the mouth, and that's true. Yes some people have been negative, but maybe they have your best interests at heart you want to warn you of the pit falls and issues you might encounter.

I wish you all the luck in the world and follow your dreams. Life is short and if you don't try you will die wondering - what if?
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Posted on: 10.Dec.2020, 09:22 AM





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I know you say that we shouldn't try and convince you NOT to come, and I'm not but when it comes to jobs, especially those in the hospitality industry one must remember that we are currently in the throws of a pandemic. Although there is no lockdown in Sweden the entertainment industry, like many other industries has been hit hard and there is an abundance of out of work bar tenders out there! There are probably thousands of out of work unskilled workers out there so finding a job, especially with limited language skills might prove difficult.

That said, I would agree with you, that this site can be quite negative especially towards newcomers, and many have had bad experiences, but it is not all doom and gloom. Some of us have had a good transition from one EU country to another and I am enjoying my time here, having been here nearly 14 years.

I'm sorry I can't be more positive, but I wish you all the luck in the world, as you'll probably need it and hope you get what you want.
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Posted on: 8.Dec.2020, 11:15 AM





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If you are, as you state, a Swedish citizen, there shouldn't be an issue. I suspect you are not a Swedish citizen as you state you only lived here for a couple of months in the 1990s! But you also state you have a Swedish passport so I'm confused as to what your status actually is. Your Personal number must be registered somewhere if you have a Swedish Passport - and will not be a coordination number. Did you leave the country and did you notify the authorities? - if so this might be the issue.
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Posted on: 8.Dec.2020, 10:55 AM





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As you are aware the rules change from 1 Jan 2021. Health insurance for the family will be an issue as you are no longer covered under EU regulations. You will need a visa/apply for residency as a non EU resident and you plan to stay more than 90 days. Other issues such as driving licences etc. also become more problematic too as I don't think the simple swap thing will exist anymore and will probably need to take a Swedish test with in 12 months. You wife and children might fair better as they have EU citizenship and move under the EU freedoms as before. That said insurance is still needed for them too.

The import of your possessions might also incur problems as you might need to pay import fees, but again this is something you'll need to research.

As of 1 Jan many UK banks will no longer allow EU citizens to hold an account with an EU address. So if you plan to maintain your UK bank account you might also need to check that your bank will allow you to change your address to an EU address.

The Migration website should have all the information you would need to know before moving over here.

As things are changing, I don't think anybody has all the answers for you and you will need to engage with the relevant authorities. You will be classed as someone migrating from outside of the EU so things for you might be a little more difficult than for your wife and children.
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Posted on: 8.Dec.2020, 10:45 AM





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Ah the Daily Fail!
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Posted on: 30.Nov.2020, 04:24 PM





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I imported my car when I came over in 2007. I can't remember all the hoops I had to jump through but it was a pretty painless experience.

I drove my car over and then started the registration system as soon as I got here. There are only a couple of inspection sites authourised to conduct the inspection on cars imported into the country, I was directed to one near Ikea.

Remember that you will always pay more insurance on an imported vehicle and the resale is lower too. As pointed out above, although no tax is necessary now, once 31 Dec 2020 comes and goes - who knows!

There were some issues with my car which the inspection people have the ability to override if not possible to fix. Ideally the outside, bigger speed display should be in kms not miles although this was not possible with my car, and also my wing mirrors did not fold in, again this was a feature of the original design so was allowed to pass.

Note also - you say you are resident, I assume you do not have not exchanged your UK licence for a Swedish licence. After 31 Dec 2020 I believe you can only drive for 12 months on your UK licence. At present it is a simple one for one swap costing about 600kr. This is likely to change on 1 Jan 2021 and might find yourself having to sit a Swedish driving test and written test - not cheap. 600kr is cheaper at present!
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Posted on: 26.Nov.2020, 08:17 AM





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Makes me laugh when you hear about these people who say they won't have the vaccine because they don't know what is in it. These vaccines are tested and produced by scientists in laboratories in sterile conditions and they don't "trust" them. However, they will by some "gear" from 6 fingered Kevin with one tooth down a back alley!

Similarly, if they produced an airborne, vaccine, which they could spread using aircraft - how many people would then mask-up. Yet while COVID-19 is in the air and a known killer, no one does!

The human race is a funny lot!
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Posted on: 29.Oct.2020, 02:34 PM





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Seems a bit weird Quote: "And that between 1st October to 15th April you must have studded tyres on your vehicle if the road has, and I quote "snow, ice, snow drifts or frost?"

Many places in Stockholm studded tyres are banned and due to the environmental issues concerning dust particles produced by studded tyres there is more of a lean towards friction tyres. I can't believe this "must have" studded tyres is enforceable anymore. Having been here over 13 years and only once having studded tyres fitted to any of my cars I think this can be taken with a pitch of salt (See what I did there?).
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Posted on: 21.Oct.2020, 10:47 AM





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Just another thought for those who have not yet exchanged their UK licence for a Swedish licence. Under current rules the UK licence can be exchanged 1 for 1 as they are both EU licences. This must be done after 2 years of being resident anyway.

After 31 December 2020 the UK is no longer part of the EU. It is therefore, very possible, that if you have a UK licence you will need to change it within 1 year as with all other non EU countries and additionally, although not yet confirmed, you will need to take a Swedish driving test!

If you haven't yet exchanged your UK licence and you are resident in Sweden I would strongly recommend changing it now!
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Posted on: 8.Oct.2020, 09:28 AM





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I have spoken to my bank direct and it is true 100% - this is not a scare story as you put it. I have no idea where you get the idea none of this applies to ex pats living in Sweden, please let me know your source. Obviously too lazy to google it as I mentioned so here is a link for you!

https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/2020...count-closures/

If you want to ignore my advice that is up to you, I don't care it's your money and account after all.

I have been on this site for many, many years and have been quiet for quite sometime because of all the negativity and attacking by the uninformed just like you who attack those who are trying to help and inform others. So unless you have something constructive to add why not STFU?

As for "just opening another bank in the UK", it is not quite that simple. Many overseas account holders require a large deposit. Many banks, as you will see from the attached report WILL be closing accounts and there are VERY FEW options available.

One option people do have, however, is to change their account address to one in the UK if they have that option. The downside is that new cards and correspondence will go to that address.
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Posted on: 8.Oct.2020, 08:55 AM





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At 2300hrs on 31 Dec 2020, if you own a UK bank account which has an EU address it is likely to be closed. Many of the big banks including Lloyds and Barclays have confirmed this already but are extremely slow in informing account holders.

NatWest will still allow people in the EU to hold an account with an EU address and you can apply for an account by downloading the application pdf from their website. HSBC and Santander bank offer EU accounts but think you need to make deposits of 60-100k.

It is amazing to think that after all this time and so late into the extension to leaving the EU it is only now that the banks have decided that they will close accounts. From what I understand, this is not a reciprocal arrangement, i.e. people from the EU living in the UK with bank accounts in their own countries will not have their bank accounts closed.

Thought I would just put this out there, especially for this who have their pensions paid into UK accounts linked to their EU address. Please feel free to google this if you think I am leading you up the garden path.
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Posted on: 10.Mar.2020, 10:16 AM





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I thought the financial and leave years started on 1 Jan in Sweden! Please correct me if I'm wrong.
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So if I read this right, your wife is Swedish and now living in Sweden. You are from an EU country and you have applied to live in Sweden with your wife and requested a PN, and Sweden has said NO.

That's bonkers - just saying. Good luck.
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Posted on: 24.Feb.2020, 12:28 PM





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I wouldn't stress too much about the negativity on the forum. People have different experiences moving to new countries and invariably there are differences in culture and things which you are use to. Some people have had bad experiences and vent their anger and frustration but at the same time there are many who have a great experience. Just be aware that it is not always plain sailing and there will be bumps along the road. As for getting a car and driving, I'm pretty sure that, if you already have a licence, the amount of time you can use it before having to take a Swedish driving test will be limited. Getting a Swedish licence, if swapping it isn't an option, can be expensive.
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Google is your friend!https://www.nordisketax.net/main.asp?url=files/nor/eng/012.asp
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