KTH Relocation recommends getting a good idea of what your personal finances in Sweden will be like before you arrive at KTH.
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 930 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.
For all questions about taxes in Sweden, please contact the tax authority, Skatteverket .
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 or your employer must submit an application to Forskarskattenämnden for tax relief 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. For details please contact the tax authority, Skatteverket .
Swedish workers are only eligible for a minimum amount in unemployment pay should they lose their jobs. Employees who are members of an A-Kassa would receive a larger sum of money should they lose their job. 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.