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gplusa
Posted on: 8.Apr.2018, 10:01 PM





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If you are coming for the DC project, you will be working 7-7, 6 days a week. So I would not worry about filling in your hours during your work roster. As an earlier poster mentioned, there are a couple of Irish bars in town. If you are a big city partygoer then you probably want to go somewhere else for your off-site rotation. You need to allow 6 hours door to door from Lule? to Dublin. You should be a bit careful posting on the forums. Most people know who the end user of the project is, but you do have an NDA. Might see you around on site.
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Posted on: 18.Jan.2018, 07:45 PM





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Posted on: 6.Jan.2018, 08:25 PM





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Missed the original post completely and shocked to read. Hoping for good news in 2018.
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Posted on: 6.Jan.2018, 08:21 PM





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Check also the rules for the country you will be working in. Some countries require you to register in their tax system after a fixed period, just as Sweden does. In Netherlands, for example, you must be listed in the Dutch population register, and pay Dutch tax, after 4 months. If you are in the country for 5 days per week, you are regarded as living there.
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Posted on: 20.Dec.2017, 08:14 AM





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Back off, pal, she mailed me first.
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Posted on: 9.Dec.2017, 10:09 AM





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Welcome to Eskilstuna. I spend a lot of time there for work and, as noted earlier, the Stockholm commute is nothing. As for getting a job, map out a long term plan to get to where you want to be. One of the less-clever resident forum tolls here started crying about not getting a job despite supposedly having higher qualifications. That just shows ignorance. Foreign qualifications count for little in a new country. That's not Swedish, its global. Employers now are looking for relative experience, and local relative experience is gold. Get yourself some Swedish employment experience, at any level, and the doors will open. Oh, and learn the langauge if you don't want your prospects limited.
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Posted on: 8.Dec.2017, 11:04 PM





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Glad to see you still fighting the good fight, GH. Can't have the One Trick Ponies having it all their own way.
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Posted on: 7.Dec.2017, 08:56 PM





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Wow. You take a few months away from the forum and come back to find a new reincarnstion of the resident "it's all Sweden's fault" drop kick. We 've seen your lot come and go before, and yet we're all still here. We'll see you out as well. I love my Swedish life, as do the majority of people here. it has to be killing you that you couldn't make it.
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Posted on: 3.Dec.2017, 03:39 PM





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Yet another New Zealander. Been living here for 12 years and wouldn't change a thing. My advice: Don't come here with an attitude. It's for you to adapt to Sweden, not for Sweden to adapt to you.

Respect the culture and at least make an attempt to learn the language, you'll be surprised by the respect you get back in return.
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Posted on: 25.Dec.2016, 10:45 AM





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When you send in your application, they open it immediately and check that the required documentation is correct. Then it goes on to a pile waiting for a Case Officer to review. If you don't include all your documents at the start, you don't get in the queue. Once sent, you can immediately ask for your passport to be returned and you can retain your passport until the Case Officer is ready. Worked like a charm for me. Took me 4 weeks in total to receive my citizenship approval, from the date I first submitted my application.
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Posted on: 4.Jan.2016, 08:41 PM





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Looks like Iraq, rape out of control, country about to collapse. Throws out a post like this 30 minutes after signing up. Keeping an open mind ? Geez, do trolls not even try to make an effort anymore ?
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Posted on: 8.Apr.2015, 04:28 PM





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From memory, in the case of a rabies vaccination, it is the result that counts and not the number of vaccines. Sounds logical enough but there is method behind it. When we brought our pets with us to Sweden from New Zealand, the ruling at the time was based on the rabies antibody count taken 30 days (from memory) after the date of vaccination and no more than 30 days prior to the date of travel. If the count was too low then you needed to re-vaccinate and the waiting clock started again from zero. That obviously impacts on travel bookings with a very small window if the results come back poorly. The solution was to vaccinate twice, 30 days apart ( don't quote me on that time period, it was 10 years ago) and then test only after the minimum waiting period after the second vaccination. One vaccination is generally enough, according to our vet, but the second shot ensures that you won't have to repeat the programme and travel plans can be confirmed early on.

As mentioned, the are a lot of dogs already living in Sweden who would love to have a home. I would anticipate that bringing a puppy from El Salvador will take many months and will be a very expensive process. At 4 weeks, the only thing "your" puppy is attached to is its mother.
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Posted on: 5.Apr.2015, 11:04 PM





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No dog is born aggressive, my arse. There is a reason why the American Pitbull Terrier is not recognised by the majority of international kennel clubs including the world governing body. Dodgy owners have to resort to starting their own fake clubs and register their dogs as cross-breed in order to get insurance. I wouldn't go holding my breath waiting for sympathetic replies.
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Posted on: 23.Feb.2015, 09:25 PM





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Yes, I realise that the exception doesn't apply in the OP's case, it was more to illustrate the point that the rules are clear and easy to find. If you want to make the effort, that is.
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Posted on: 23.Feb.2015, 12:27 PM





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I'm with Hisingen on this one. A 30 second check of the Migrationsverket website would have gotten a fair way towards the answer. Possibly even 20 seconds for a native Swede.

Undantag fr?n hemvisttiden
?En person som i utlandet ?r gift med en svensk medborgare sedan minst tio ?r och som inte bor i sitt hemland. Personen m?ste ha en stark anknytning till Sverige genom att han eller hon till exempel kommer hit ofta eller ha ett starkt behov av att bli svensk medborgare.


Pretty sure that "Starkt Behov" doesn't translate into "Make use of Sweden in order to travel to Italy for a one year piss up holiday". Doesn't sound convoluted to me, sounds like a straight out attempt to abuse the system.
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Posted on: 18.Dec.2014, 02:04 PM





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As mentioned, things that affect the running of other apartments, generally fall under the responsibility of the BRF. A common item is the floor drain in the bathroom. BRF often takes responsibility for replacing these as a faulty replacement can damage the building. Kitchen exhaust fans can be another item, especially if they are connected to the common ventilation system. Same thing goes for repairs or replacement of ventilation outlets in your apartment. The wrong type can screw up the entire sytem. Exterior door locks, as they need to operate with the master key for emergency services or repairs. Most BRFs have a written list of exactly what is covered by the BRF, and what is the responsibility of the occupier.
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Posted on: 5.Dec.2014, 01:52 PM





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My experience in buying into a BRF shortly after arriving in Sweden was that existing financial resources (money in the bank) didn't count for a lot in meeting the financial criteria, and I could understand why. Money in the bank today could easily disappear tomorrow and is also a decreasing resource without income. As we had no prior tax income records to show, and nothing to register on a credit check, the BRF required proof of employment status and lastest payslp from our employers.
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Posted on: 3.Dec.2014, 12:35 PM





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All NZ lamb sold in Sweden is Halal slaughtered, so just buy NZ lamb if that is what you are looking for. The Halal process in NZ is electrocution stunning prior to slaughter. The animal falls directly from the stun shute onto the slaughter table. The table faces Mecca (or wherever it is supposed to face).
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Posted on: 16.Nov.2014, 09:58 AM





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Received and replied to.
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Posted on: 14.Nov.2014, 08:48 AM





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Hi, the 3 main HVAC (VVS) consultancies I wrote earlier about (WSP, Ramb
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Posted on: 12.Nov.2014, 12:24 PM





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I've had a look at the WSP Sweden website and there are about 4 or 5 current vacancies which would suit you, if you are flexible with your location. There are also a number of senior level positions (project management level) but I would forget them just now if I were you. Your language skills wouldn't be up to the mark and you might burn a few bridges in trying. Best to go back to your core industry skills. If you can dimension pipes and ducts, and if you're experienced with CAD, then you'll get a good foot in the door within Swedish consultancies. Especially with CAD skills as the majority of new Swedish candidates come out very light on CAD skills. One difference between Swedish consultancies and the majority of English speaking based consultancies is that Swedish consultants generally do their own drawing work. So it is a big plus if you can. I started out my working career in Sweden preparing As Built drawings, eased my way into design work as I learnt Swedish systems and language, and today I am a Project Manager for the same company. Some times you have to be prepared to take a temporary step backward in order to go forward.

Check out the vacancy list and then we can look through any that you are interested in. As far as your CV goes, you have to imagine that the reader knows nothing about NZ. So client names or high profile development projects will carry very little weight. Rookie mistake. I tailored my work history section to describe floor areas, project duration, or project value in Swedish kronor. Some form of global scale. If you send what you have in a PM, we can take it from there.
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Posted on: 10.Nov.2014, 11:38 PM





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Meanwhile, back at the ranch. 170 posts later and the dumbarse troll OP has done yet another runner.
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Posted on: 10.Nov.2014, 10:05 AM





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Hej Cookie Enthusiast. This is your lucky day. You get a reply from someone who can give some first hand advice about your situation. I am a building services mechanical engineer from New Zealand who relocated to Sweden seven years ago and began working in the same role in Sweden about 2 months after arriving. Here's how it works in the industry. Swedish is the working language within the engineering consultancy industry. So you'll need Swedish. However, most of the larger consultancies, and WSP are one such, will see the language weakness as a short term problem only. They know that your language skills will improve and there is plenty of work in the mean time which doesn't involve direct language contact. The language shouldn't be an issue. The fact that your qualifications are not Swedish is also not an issue. Swedish employers are not stupid and it is easy for them to compare your papers with equivalent papers in Swedish. Aside from district heating, there is nothing in the Swedish industry that you won't already have dealt with in NZ. There are also no certification requriements. So that's not a problem. What a potential employer values the most is relevant work experience and that's the area you have to push.

Your biggest problem will be convincing a potential employer to get involved with work permit issues. They may think that it is too much hassle for them. So, if it is possible, try to sort out a residency alternative which doesn't involve an employer's input.

By all means send out your CV to Swedish employers. WSP and Ramb
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Posted on: 1.Nov.2014, 07:20 PM





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Post Of The Day award has to go to the immigrant who is terrified of immigrants. That's messed up in so many ways that I'm not sure where to start.
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Posted on: 31.Oct.2014, 08:07 AM





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There was a thread started a couple of weeks back which posed the question as to why it was that so many former regular posters had stopped posting on this forum site. To find the answer, one need look no futher than the seventh posting on this thread. I, like so many others here, have gotten tired over reading the whining drivel that spills out of the keyboards from people who want to blame everyone but themselves for their own failures. Byke was the first to hit true rock bottom, but his minnions have hung around like annoying flies. That's why most of us have given up posting, you get tired of banging your head against the brick wall of ignorance after a while.

Apparently, according to the author of the so proclaimed "balanced" reply, all people who have come to Sweden with dreams, ambition, and drive, have had a miserable life and see Sweden as a negative country. All those who came to Sweden with no ambition have somehow had a great life. I'm going to put that gem of wisdom to the test here. I came to Sweden 6 years ago with not a great deal of resources behind me. Some, but not enough to live life at the same standard I left in my former country. Today I am a Project Manager for a global engineering design consultancy, I own a house debt free, I own a summer house which is, again, debt free. I travel overseas several times a year on vacation. I own 2 vehicles, one of which is 3 years old. I always have a minimum 6 figure balance in my daily bank account and don't owe the bank a single krona. I'm going to take a chance and say that probably qualifies me as an ambitious person and that, by default, makes me the most unhappy person living in Sweden.

I'm sick and tired of people blaming the country when the reality is that they simply aren't good enough to cut it. Time to get over yourself and start taking a bit of personal repsonsibility for your own falings.
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