KTH Relocation recommends getting a good idea of what your personal finances in Sweden will be like before you arrive at KTH.
To consider about your finances in Sweden
How much do I need to live on?
The Swedish Institute and the Swedish Migration Board both mention on their websites that you should have at least SEK 8514 per month (this is just for a single person, it is more if you are bringing your spouse or family with you) to be eligible for a visa/resident permit or a work permit. It is very hard to get by on that amount. A month’s travel card for the public transport in Stockholm costs SEK 950 and a very basic student room around SEK 6,000-8,000 per month. Add food and insurance costs to that amount and you can easily understand how far your salary will go per month.
Getting a bank account
The tax authority will answer all questions about taxes in Sweden.
Tax relief for foreign key personnel
Foreign key personnel – executives, experts, researchers, and others – may qualify for special tax relief when working in Sweden. You must submit your application within three months of the start of your employment.
If you are going to be employed by KTH, and pay tax in Sweden, you may apply for a tax reduction, due to dual residence, if you keep a residence outside of Sweden.
Mecenat, student discount card
If you are going to be a PhD in Sweden, you will be able to get your student discount card.
Swedish workers are only eligible for a minimum amount in unemployment pay should they lose their jobs.
It is up to you to make sure you are covered by an A-kassa should you lose your job, KTH is not responsible for this.