Expats moving to Stockholm can look forward to an eminently modern city that is at the same time sophisticated and funky, traditional and modern, and worldly yet undeniably Scandinavian. Spread out over a number of picturesque islets, there's no end to Stockholm's charm: from the enchanting medieval streets of Gamla Stan – the old town dating back to at least 1250 – to the sleek, bright Swedish design that characterises so many apartments, stores and museums.

Living in Stockholm as an expat

Stockholm is a major draw for expats from all over the world looking to relocate to Sweden. This uber cosmopolitan city serves as the cultural, media, political and economic hub of the country, with over 20 percent of the national population residing in its districts.

The city rests upon 14 islands which connect with the Stockholm archipelago and reach into the Baltic Sea. This unique geographical location was not only historically important as a measure of defending the city, but lends a shimmering watery beauty to the "Venice of the North", as the city is often referred to. Expats and locals delight in and take full advantage of a city that is one third waterways and one third greenery.

Expats moving to Stockholm for work will discover an economy that is flourishing. The last decade has seen significant growth in many areas, including high technology, finance and entrepreneurship, and many international companies have offices here. Stockholm consistently finds itself high on the lists of global and European rankings of innovation and competitiveness, while also coming in near the top for the greenest and most liveable cities.

Cost of living in Stockholm

The cost of living in Stockholm is undeniably high. The relatively high cost of housing matched with the very tricky rental market in the city can make finding a place to live difficult even for those born and raised in Stockholm. Finding a home in the leafy suburbs is far easier and cheaper, and with a well-planned and generally reliable – if a little expensive – transportation network, the inner city is quite accessible for those living in and around it.

Families and children in Stockholm

The family-friendly lifestyle of Stockholm means that the city is a great place to bring up children. With plenty of activities – both outdoor and indoor – to keep the little ones busy, parents can be sure weekends won't be boring. Excellent healthcare and schooling are also major draws, although expat families who won't be staying for the long term should be aware that local public schools teach in Swedish. The best alternative is usually one of Stockholm's often-pricey but high-quality international schools.

Climate in Stockholm

While long and cold winters can be a difficult adjustment for those unaccustomed to such a climate, many remark that Stockholm is well equipped for this time of year with decidedly cosy cafés and restaurants that invite one in with romantic lighting and toasty atmospheres. The winters also bring snow, which bring with it ample opportunities for snow sports such as skiing and boarding. On the other hand, the summers more than make up for winter’s difficulties, with an abundance of daylight, music festivals, the glorious midsummer holiday, and a population that revels in every chance there is to get outdoors.

Some, including many Swedes, say that Stockholm is an overly proud city in the context of Scandinavia's prevailing modesty. But with a city so abundant in culture and that keeps a well-preserved sense of history while taking innovative strides forward in technology, fashion and design, one cannot help but see the attraction for expats from all over the globe.

Expat Health Insurance

Cigna Health Insurance

Cigna Global Health Insurance.

Moving your family abroad can be intimidating, but learning about medical options such as family health insurance early on can help you settle successfully.

  • Comprehensive Family coverage, wherever you go
  • Paediatric coverage for well-child visits & immunizations
  • Access to dental and orthodontic care
  • 24/7 multilingual Customer Service

Get a quote from Cigna Global

Moving Internationally?

Sirelo logo

International Movers. Get Quotes. Compare Prices.

Sirelo has a network of more than 500 international removal companies that can move your furniture and possessions to your new home. By filling in a form, you’ll get up to 5 quotes from recommended movers. This service is free of charge and will help you select an international moving company that suits your needs and budget.

Get your free no-obligation quotes from select removal companies now!