7 March – Driving in Sweden

Regardless of if you live in Lund or Malmö, you may have noticed that neither of these cities are made for cars. The streets are narrow and a lot of space is given to public transportation, bikers and pedestrians. There are also a lot of laws and regulations that are important to know for anyone wanting to drive in Sweden. In addition, the process for getting a Swedish driver’s license varies depending on your citizenship.

But a car is still an essential part of life for many families, so whether you plan to buy, lease or rent a car, it is important to know a thing or two about how to drive legally in Sweden. We have invited representatives from Tuna Trafikskola to guide you through the basic knowledge needed for anyone interested in driving in Sweden. As the only driving school in Lund that offers driving courses in English, Tuna Trafikskola is used to handling questions from international students and expats.

Wednesday 7 March
16:30-18:00

Ekska Huset
Sankt Petri Kyrkogata 4, Lund

Event in English
Event free of charge

Please register by midnight 4 March.

6 March – Introduction to the Swedish Job Market

Miguel Salvador from EURES will introduce you to the basics of searching for a job in Sweden. He will talk about the Swedish labor market and tell you about available tools that can help you build your network and find a job.

The purpose of EURES is to provide information, advice and job-matching services for both job seekers and employers. EURES not only provides a Job Mobility Portal with information but also has a network of more than 850 EURES advisors who are in daily contact with jobseekers and employers across Europe. In European cross-border regions, EURES has an important role to play in providing information about and helping to solve problems related to cross-border commuting that workers and employers may experience, such as between Sweden and Denmark.

Tuesday 6 March
14:30-16:00

Ekska Huset
Sankt Petri Kyrkogata 4, Lund

Event in English
Event free of charge

Please register by midnight 3 March.

5 March – Religion in a Secular Country

According to Gallup World Religion Survey 75% of the world’s population is religious. At the same time, Sweden is one of the most secular countries in the world. For many internationals who come from backgrounds where faith is an important part of everyday life, finding a place to worship or a community to be a part of is important when moving to another country. We have invited Jan Kjellström, who has worked with international students and employees at Lund University find a spiritual home away from home. Regardless of your religious background this session will guide you in finding the religious support you may need in a mainly secular society.

Monday 5 March
14:30-15:30

Ekska Huset
Sankt Petri Kyrkogata 4, Lund

Event in English
Event free of charge

Please register by midnight 1 March.

28 February – International Private Law and How it Affects Expats

 

Different countries have different rules regarding your private life, work, studies and other aspects of your stay in a new country – for example concerning matters of marriage, divorce, custody, inheritance, labor law, and residence. For expats, it is important to understand which country’s law is applicable for settling such matters. This often requires complicated assessments that should be looked at by an expert. At this event you will learn about the types of information important to know regarding matters that might require legal help while living in Sweden.

Tove Sjövall is an Attorney at Law and partner at Wesslau Söderqvist Advokatbyrå, a law firm with offices in Malmö, Helsingborg, Växjö, Borås, Jönköping and Stockholm. She has years of experience in both international and cross-border matters. She previously lived in Brussels and worked there representing both a Swedish law firm and a local Belgian law firm. Tove Sjövall graduated with a law degree from Lund University and is a member of the Swedish Bar Association.

Wednesday 28 February
16:30-18:00

Ekska Huset
Sankt Petri Kyrkogata 4

Event in English
Event free of charge

Please register by midnight 25 February.

27 February – How does Sweden’s Social Insurance Agency Work?

The purpose of the Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) is to provide financial security at the various stages of life. However, it can be difficult to understand how it works and which benefits you and your family are entitled to if you are new to the country.

We have invited Henrik Malmquist, a representative from Försäkringskassan, to go through the basics and answer your questions. Some of the questions that will be addressed include:

Do I need to register at Försäkringskassan?
What happens if I’m sick and can’t work for a couple of weeks?
Am I insured if I travel to another country?
What benefits can my family receive?

Tuesday 27 February
14:30-15:30

Ekska Huset
Sankt Petri Kyrkogata 4, Lund

Event in English
Event free of charge

Please register by midnight 24 February

Register Here

13 February – Leisure Guides

Do you want to learn more about your surroundings and get ideas for what to do in your spare time? At this event you will get information about ongoing and seasonal activities, as well as places to go and things to do that you may not yet have discovered. You will also have a chance to share your own favorite activities and meet others who might share your interests. Since this event is right before the Sportlov school break (week 8), we will also discuss fun things to do during that time.

Tuesday 13 February
14:00-15:30

Ekska Huset
Sankt Petri Kyrkogata 4, Lund

Event in English
Event free of charge

Please register by midnight 10 February

Register Here

 

9 February – International Social Groups in Lund

Are you new to the area and want to get to know some new people? Joining social organizations is one of the easiest ways to build up a new social network! We have invited speakers from various social organizations to talk about what they do and how to get involved. Valerie Andersson from International Club of Skåne will give a short presentation about their organization and upcoming events. Christoffer von Uthmann from Eos Cares will also be joining us to talk about the different projects and events that internationals can take part in. Finally, Andrea Maasland will share her tips on starting up any type of social group like the international coffee mornings she helped start here in Lund.

Friday 9 February
9:30-10:30
Sankt Petri Kyrkogata 4, Lund
Event in English
Event free of charge

Please register before midnight on 6 February

Register Here

30 January – Meet the Tax Authorities

You have most likely visited the Swedish Tax Agency when you arrived to Sweden but probably are not aware of the other services this authority provides. We will have a few tax information officers here to answer questions such as; what happens with your tax money, when is it time to send in my income tax return and what can I do if I can’t submit it on time? These are only a few questions that will be answered when we meet next week.

The Swedish Tax Agency manages civil registration of private individuals and collect taxes such as personal income tax, corporate tax, VAT and excise tax. They also provide other services such as executing Swedish Identity cards as well as registering new businesses.

Tuesday 30 January

15:00-16:00

Please register for the event no later than midnight 28 January

Ekska Huset
Sankt Petri Kyrkogata 4, Lund
Event in English
Free of charge

Register Here

23 January – Sustainability – What is Sweden’s view on it and what can I do to contribute?

Sweden is known for being very forward thinking when it comes to environmental sustainability. But what does that actually mean, and what is Sweden’s view on environmental sustainability? We have invited Marie Hilldén from Sysav, an organization that aims to create the world’s most sustainable region, to guide you through the basics of the Swedish environmental mindset and the cultural clashes that may occur.

We have also invited Henning Gillberg from Repamera, a company that makes it easy for people to repair damaged clothing rather than buying new ones. He has managed to turn other people’s trash into cash while doing a good deed for the environment at the same time, and he will give an inspirational talk about how relatively easy it can be to start a similar business.

Tuesday, 23 January
14:00-15:00

Ekska Huset
Sankt Petri Kyrkogata 4, Lund

Event in English
Event free of charge

Please register for the event no later than midnight 21 January.

Register Here

22-26 January – School Week

Whether you have children of school age, registered in day-care or thinking of starting a family, it’s always a comfort to get first-hand information and be able to ask those important questions before choosing a school that suits your child’s needs. We have invited six different schools in the region, some of which are international schools (that follow the IB program) and some that are Swedish schools with an international profile. The difference between the IB and the Swedish school’s pedagogy and structure, may be of interest depending on future plans for moving abroad and for higher education in Sweden.

Please note that the presentations by Bilingual Montessori School of Lund and Malmö Borgarskola will be slightly different from the rest. The principal from BMSL will not be presenting their school but rather the way the Swedish school system works which may be useful to know if you want to place your child in a Swedish school. The speaker from Malmö Borgarskola will present both their school and go through the main differences between the IB Diploma program and the way Swedish high school programs are being taught, and what effect that may have on the child’s application to higher education in Sweden or abroad

Below you will find times and dates for each school presentation, please feel free to register for all or those schools you are most interested in learning more about.

Note: You can only register for one event at a time. To register for more events, please go back to this email or our website and start over once you have completed the first registration.

Date and time for events:

22 January
10:00-11:00 – Bladins International School of Malmö (IB Program and IB Diploma)

23 January
10:00-11:00 – Internationella Engelska Skolan (Swedish school with an international profile)
11:00-12:00 Malmö International School (IB Program)

26 January
13:00-14:00 – Malmö Borgarskolan (IB Diploma)
14:00-15:00 – Bilingual Montessori School Lund (Swedish school with an international profile)
15:00-16:00 – Lund International School (IB Program)

Ekska Huset
Sankt Petri Kyrkogata 4, Lund

Events in English
Events free of charge

Please register for these events no later than noon on 19 January.

Register Here