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Indian family moving to Sweden

Can we survive on just one person's income?

post 2.Sep.2009, 10:34 AM
Post #16
Location: Dalarna
Joined: 5.Apr.2006

QUOTE (Localer @ 1.Sep.2009, 03:03 PM) *
rent : 14800 sek pm ( 68 sqm )

Wow that's a lot - we pay less that this on our mortgage
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post 2.Sep.2009, 10:39 AM
Post #17
Location: Stockholm
Joined: 7.Feb.2006

That was my point!! Think you're being ripped off! I've owned 2 places in HS.. 90m2 and 102m2, paid no more than 3000 000 for the bigger one with monthly charge of 5300 with see view (well a slight one!)..

HS is expensive but less than nice parts of Söder.. WIth these interest rates if you can stump up the deposit you can have a monthly fee of less than 9000 pm for monthly fees and mortgage interest for a very nice place in HS. Plenty for sale too.
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post 2.Sep.2009, 10:55 AM
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Joined: 1.Sep.2009

Thanks!! This is a lot of help ... I also recently read that Danderyd topped the rankings in 2009, compiled by Fokus magazine, as the best place.

But i need to understand that when i see the accomodation sites i cannot pin point the places ... eg.Akalla, Husby, Alby etc. I don't understand where they are located (this is from the website).

As i understand that Stokholm is divided into 3 -

Stockholm City Centre - Kungsholmen, Norrmalm, Södermalm, Ostermalm
South Stockholm - Enskede-Årsta-Vantör, Farsta, Hägersten-Liljeholmen, Skarpnäck, Skärholmen, Alvsjö
West Stockholm - Bromma, Hässelby-Vällingby, Rinkeby-Kista, Spånga-Tensta

I know im stressing myself over these things even before i have landed in Stokholm but i want to do as much research as possible before hand ...

Awaiting help!
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post 2.Sep.2009, 10:58 AM
Post #19
Location: Stockholm
Joined: 27.Oct.2006

sorry for off topic...

Its a hyresrätt apartment...the apartment is totally facing sea side, living with balcony as well...quite a big one...the price tag is 3.2 Mkr though...
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Farbror Sven
post 3.Sep.2009, 02:16 AM
Post #20
Joined: 18.Aug.2009

On you have an online map for any address in Sweden.

Underground (tunnelbana) stations in Stockholm:

Akalla, Husby and Alby are so-called million programme areas (miljonprogramsområden), that is, rather low-status suburbs.
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post 3.Sep.2009, 07:12 AM
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Joined: 1.Sep.2009

Thanks the underground tunnel map helped but the is a Swedish website so is of no help!!!

Any other recommendations!!
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post 3.Sep.2009, 09:19 AM
Post #22
Location: Stockholm
Joined: 3.Mar.2008

check this website to find an apartment for rent. It is good to rent a furnished apartment for a shorter period and you can decide after that.
or check this

Also your husbands company can arrange an apartment. check with them. Most of the companies do that normally when you relocate.

Another piece of advice is is not the best place to look for apartments. I heard a lot of sad stories from several Indian software professionals.
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Farbror Sven
post 3.Sep.2009, 11:15 AM
Post #23
Joined: 18.Aug.2009

QUOTE (Bano @ 3.Sep.2009, 06:12 AM) *
Thanks the underground tunnel map helped but the is a Swedish website so is of no help!!!. Any other recommendations!!

Your'e welcome. On the contrary, is very helpful. Why would a Swedish website be of no help? *Hitta* means "find". Type any address, klick, and lo, you have it in the map below.

*Vad söker du?*
What do you seek?

*Ange ett namn, företag, sökord, bransch eller nummer*
State a name, company, search word, field or number.


*Du kan kombinera gata, gatunr, ort, område*
You can combine street, street number, place and area.

It's even OK just to fill in one of the two slots.
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post 3.Sep.2009, 12:24 PM
Post #24
Joined: 25.Jul.2007

May be you want to join IndiaSweden Yahoogroup. It may help you finding other Indians here.
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post 18.Nov.2009, 07:50 AM
Post #25
Joined: 12.Aug.2009

Be rest assured that you can easily survive on one person's income in Stockholm. The advice people have given you above is excellent. I can just add some more points here.

I can recommed staying within the city limits as it does help a lot socially with people even though it is much cheaper staying a bit away from the city. Most Indians you shall find stay in Kista, Solna and Akalla as Nokia and Sony Ericsson are located there. If thats where your husband works, then you can a lot of apartments which are cheap in that area. The public transportation is excellent here so you would not need a car unless you are living in the suburbs.

I live on Soder (South) and have a 2 room apartment with SEK 10000 all inclusive of electricity, tv and broadband. That is a very good indication of the apartments available within city which are reasonable. Obviously, there are some which are outrageously expensive. I had conacted Bostad Direkt and they helped me find an apartment when I relocated here. I would highly recommend using their services.

I would suggest you to use Google translate when using a swedish website. is excellent to view the locations. Use Google earth as well if you only want it in English.

You would be happy to know there are few Indian Stores in Stockholm, one called Taj Mahal located at Radmansgatan, within the city where you can get all the spices and Indian ingredients you require, so dont stress yourself to get all the spices with you when you come over here.

Living expenses I would range between SEK 4000-4500 for a family of 2 persons to lead a very nice lifestyle.

First steps to do when arriving in Stockholm:
1) Register with Skatteverket (Tax authority) - You would get your personnummer (Social Security number) here
2) Registration with Forsakringskassen - Social Insurance - Once your have your personnummer, you can register here for health care
3) Registration with Vadcentral - closest Doctor or Genral Physician - Once your registered with Forsakringskassen, you would receive your Vadcentral location where you register again.

Following the above steps will cover your health cover in Sweden.

Bank account - I would recommend opening an "Handelsbanken" account as they have an english webpage for internet banking transactions, which other banks do not provide.

Warm clothing - I would highly recommend buying your winter/warm clothing from here in Stockholm as nothing you get in India can help you prepare for the cold weather here. Once you are here, please go to NaturKompaniet and purchase all that you need there. I have seen many Indians buy winter clothing in India which does not help in any way possible here.

Hopefully all these points are helpful to you. I wish you the best of luck in your move to Stockholm.
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post 14.Dec.2018, 03:31 PM
Post #26

Dear IndianinSweden,

I am commenting on a post from long ago but I saw your detailed comment and thought of thanking you for the point where you mentioned to get winter clothing from Sweden itself. I was planning to buy stuff from India.

I would also like to ask, will it be wise to move compact furniture and Indian groceries - pulses, rice, etc. to Sweden as company is providing moving assistance to me. I understand that most of the apartments are furnished but if I have my own furniture, can I get a unfurnished apartment for cheap? or the prices do not vary. Also I will be moving to Helsingborg and not Stockholm.

Request your valuable inputs.
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