FAQ

What should I check if I am looking for a job as an engineer in a Nordic country?

Do I need a visa and a work permit if I want to get a job in a Nordic country?

How do I know if the working conditions I am offered in a Nordic country are acceptable?

How do I find a proper place to live during my work in a Nordic country?

What happens if I or my family fall ill during our stay?

How do I manage if I do not speak Swedish, Danish or Norwegian?

I have heard that taxes are very high in the Nordic countries?

Is it true that Nordic countries are very expensive for ordinary consumers?

What can the Nordic countries offer to my family if I take a job there?

What happens if I loose my job against my will?

What else should I consider before or after a job in a Nordic country?

What should I check if I am looking for a job as an engineer in a Nordic country?
Check if your present trade union is a member of UNI Global P&MS or if it has a bilateral agreement with an engineering society in Sweden, Denmark or Norway. Such agreements may offer you professional assistance from the most relevant engineering society in your future host country.

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Do I need a visa and a work permit if I want to get a job in a Nordic country?
If you are a citizen in a Member State of the EU you do not need any kind of visa or work permit. You are free to enter the Nordic countries and apply for any job you want to. If you are not a citizen in an EU country you may need a visa and a work permit. You can find more information on access to visa and work permits through the links on this website.

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How do I know if the working conditions I am offered in a Nordic country are acceptable?
We advise you to become a member of the engineering society in the country where you work. They will offer you all the professional assistance you need. But please remember, that if you are a member of a trade union affiliated to UNI Global, they offer you a union passport giving you access to general advice and counselling in a trade union in your host country. The same applies if you are a member of a trade union having a bilateral agreement with one of the Nordic engineering societies.

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How do I find a proper place to live during my work in a Nordic country?
That is a difficult question to answer. If you are not a member of the local engineering society we advise you to talk to your future Scandinavian employer or colleagues.

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What happens if I or my family fall ill during our stay?
Do not worry. Working as an engineer you are entitled to full pay during illness. Both you and your family get access to the Nordic health care system free of charge.

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How do I manage if I do not speak Swedish, Danish or Norwegian?
Do not worry. Most people in the Nordic countries speak fluently English and in many Nordic companies all communication is carried out in English.

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I have heard that taxes are very high in the Nordic countries?
It is true that taxes are relatively high. That is why the Nordic countries have the lowest degree of poor people in the world and why the public welfare systems are highly developed. The Nordic countries are probably the most safe place for you and your family to live. Apart from that most Nordic countries offer a highly paid engineers temporary access to pay much less taxes if you apply for a so called green card or other arrangements. You can find more information about the green card offers and other arrangements, through the links on this website.

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Is it true that Nordic countries are very expensive for ordinary consumers?
Yes, the Nordic countries are known to be relatively expensive for ordinary consumers. On the other hand you must not forget that salaries are also among the highest in the world.

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What can the Nordic countries offer to my family if I take a job there?
Your family is most welcome. Your children will get access to the Swedish/Danish/Norwegian school system free of charge. If you want your children to go to an English speaking international school you will have to pay for a tuition fee. We advise you to discuss the possibilities with your future employer or colleagues. On this website you can also find links to social networks of interest to both you and your partner.

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What happens if I loose my job against my will?
The engineering society in your host country would recommend you to join the unemployment benefit system which will guarantee you financial support if you are dismissed by your employer. If you give up your job by your own free will without having another one at hand you will only get access to unemployment benefits after a certain reference period. We advise you to join the local engineering society and discuss the best possible options.

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What else should I consider before or after a job in a Nordic country?
Well, there are many things to think of while you go along. What happens for instance if you leave your host country and go back to your home country? Can you take social benefits like pensions with you? What about pensions earned while you were working? – We advise you to discuss this and many other relevant questions with the local engineering society, your future employer or colleagues.

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