Sweden’s position as one of the world’s most highly developed post-industrial societies looks fundamentally secure.
Unemployment is low and the economy strong. Public-private partnership is at the core of “the Swedish model”, which was developed by the Social Democrats, who governed for most of the last 70 years until 2006.
This mixed economy traditionally featured centralized wage negotiations and a heavily tax-subsidized social security network. The Swedes still enjoy an advanced welfare system, and their standard of living and life expectancy are almost second to none.
Most Stockholm metro stations are boldly decorated with modern art.
At a glance
- Politics: Social Democrat/Green minority coalition formed after inconclusive September 2014 elections
- Economy: Engineering is a key sector in the export-based economy. Voters have rejected eurozone membership
- International: Sweden joined the EU in 1995. Though a famously neutral country, a security doctrine has allowed for the deployment of Swedish forces overseas
The country is also a common destination for refugees and asylum seekers – immigrants make up more than 10% of its population.
Swedes voted in a referendum in 1980 to phase out nuclear power, and the country began to decommission reactors in 1999. However, fears over climate change and energy security persuaded the government to reverse the decision in 2009, and plans are on the table to replace the country’s 10 remaining reactors.
Sweden is known throughout the world for its neutrality. This policy has led to a number of Swedish politicians taking on international roles, often mediating between conflicting groups or ideologies. With the ending of the Cold War, Sweden felt able to join the European Union in 1995 although it still declines to become a Nato member.
Sweden was one of three EU countries not to join the single European currency. In the first referendum on membership after the euro’s introduction in 12 of 15 EU countries, Swedish voters rejected it by a clear majority in September 2003.
Student visa requirements and application
If you are going to Sweden for the purpose of studying you will need a Swedish visa or residence permit.
We advise all students who have been accepted by a Swedish University to apply for your visas as early as possible.
There is a congestion of student visa applications each year prior to the autumn semester.You should be aware of the fact that the visa decisions – which are taken by the Swedish Migration Authority in Sweden, not the Embassy – can take time.
Due to staffing restrictions during the months of July and August the Embassy has limitations on accepting interviews (for more details about restrictions during this period see special box on the Embassy’s Home Page). Thus if you wish to arrive in time for the start of the Academic Year, please apply as early as you can for your student visa or residence permit.
- Documents to be enclosed with application for residence permit for students (Each application should be submitted with one original and one copy)
List of documents: – 2 recent passport photographs – 2 copies of the passport (validity minimum 6 months) – Acceptance letter from the University in Sweden & copy – 2 Copies of educational degrees; university/college/high school etc (attested by the Foreign Ministry) – 1 Letter of confirmation from the sponsor of the studies & copy – 2 copies of the Bank statements (the applicant should be able to show an amount of 7300 Swedish Kronor a month for at least 10 months per year, for the entire study period, and a certificate from the bank showing the amount in US dollar, Euro, UK Pounds or Swedish kronor.
Example: if applicant intend to study12 months he must have SEK 87,600 (12 x SEK 7,300) -Health Insurance for students whose studies will not last more than 1 year.
All documents should be shown in original at the time of submitting the application at the Embassy.
- IELTS NOT REQUIRED
- 100% VISA SUCCESS
- EDUCATION GAP ACCEPTED
- FEE AFTER VISA APPROVAL
- SCHENGEN VISA