A very common question that crosses the mind of everyone who is thinking about moving to another country is the ratio of income and expenses, that is, “what do I get for what I earn”. Before leaving for a new country, it is everyone’s goal to familiarize themselves with the culture, environment and novelties of the new environment. Of course, people change their place of residence mainly because of work, hence the financial aspect, and considering that one-way tickets are increasingly bought for the north of Europe, that is, Sweden and the rest of Scandinavia, today we will talk about the value obtained for working in Sweden.
It is common knowledge that Sweden is highly positioned on the scale of economic development, and Swedes are among the wealthiest people in the world. Although you can often hear statements like “taxes in Sweden are huge”, you should still inform yourself about the facts.
The next question must be going through your head, why are Swedes so diligent about paying taxes and showing so much trust in their government and country? High taxes provide them with the same standard of living – high, and paying taxes is always returned to them in the best possible way. The residents of Sweden, by paying taxes, get a dignified, carefree and developmentally and health-safe life. Accordingly, the state provides each individual with:
free healthcare and education, free kindergartens and preschool education, free homes for the elderly and disabled, free books and activities, the possibility of a 3-year break from work with 85% paid a salary, great salaries, 36 working hours per week, “hour bank” and much more
So that there are no doubts and so that the picture of life in Sweden is clearer to all potential, future citizens of Sweden, in 2022 the Swedish bank “Swedbank” has combined the costs of living in the following table for adults living alone or with a partner in a couple, so and for families with children of different ages.
For example, the monthly cost of living for a family consisting of two spouses and two children aged 7 and 13 would be, according to the table above, 17,780 SEK (1,657.13 euros) for spouses + 3,890 SEK (362.56 euros) for a 7-year-old child + 4,200 SEK (391.45 euros) for a 13-year-old child, which amounts to a total of 25,870 SEK (2,411.14 euros) per month for the total expenses of that family during one month. When creating this table, the Bank of Sweden used amounts based on the Swedish premise that every person living in Sweden should have the opportunity to live a comfortable life, therefore you can view these figures from the perspective of the maximum amounts for certain categories.
In addition, it is shown simply on one example how to calculate the ratio of salary and taxes, so that everyone could get an impression and at the same time learn how to calculate them.
*For example, 65,000 SEK (€6,057.94) gross salary was entered, salary before tax.
With the final overview of the costs and the realization of everything you get by living in Sweden, it is now clear to everyone why no one complains, because there is absolutely no need for it. If you also want to change your future and discover the beauty of Sweden, along with your ambitions in the business field, as well as in life, feel free to contact us by email, so that we can realize your wishes together.
The latest experience from our doctors who moved abroad comes from Goran Jurcan, a psychiatrist who moved from Croatia to Davos, a small town in eastern Switzerland. Goran moved to Central Europe in 2022 and quickly adapted to life in the Alps. We talked with Goran about his experience as he shared what the process of leaving and adapting to Switzerland looked like.
What prompted you to move, and why did you decide on Switzerland?
The decision to move and work abroad has been brewing for the last few years and it was by far the most difficult part of the whole process. As I learned the language better every day and slowly got to know the culture of the German-speaking countries, this decision became more and more natural for me. Working in the Croatian health system has become more and more tiring for me due to a series of illogicalities that doctors in Croatia face daily. The desire for substantial change as well as for communication is simply not there, and the realization that I would have to work in such an environment for the rest of my working life began to terrify me. I took the first step on my own, and found a job post in a hospital in Austria, to which I sent an application. Soon I got an invitation for a job interview, but during the visit, I didn’t like a few things. The position was not immediately available, and I did not receive an answer to all the working conditions that I could expect. That’s when I decided to contact INCOR because I thought they would better represent my interests and guide me through the entire process. From the current point of view, it was an excellent decision. The whole process is quite time-consuming. The help of an agent, who is familiar with all the details of the documentation, is more than welcome. In Austria, a C1 language diploma is required, while in Germany and Switzerland a B2 diploma is sufficient. In Germany and Austria, an additional exam in medical German is taken, but not in Switzerland. Given that I had a B2 level diploma and that I wanted to work in a small environment, that my family are mountain lovers and that I knew that the working conditions were the best in Switzerland, I decided on Switzerland. The whole process begins with the collection and translation of documentation. Something standard in German-speaking countries is a letter of recommendation from your employer, so you will also need to ask for that at your home institution. After I have collected the documentation, the agent I was in contact with contacted potential employers. I received 5 job offers. The conversations took place online, and after I decided on one offer, we also arranged a visit to the hospital. The costs of the visit were covered by the hospital. I spent one day at the hospital and got to know the facility and the way it works. After the visit, both the employer and I decided to continue cooperation. This was followed by the second part with the documentation. Recognition of diplomas takes about 2 months, as well as obtaining a license to perform medical activities issued by the canton. The whole process from the beginning of the job search takes 6-10 months.
How would you compare working conditions in Switzerland with those in Croatia?
Right from the start, I have to note that the comparison is not fully direct, as in Croatia I worked in the Psychiatric Clinic of the Faculty of Medicine, and in Switzerland, I work in a private rehabilitation hospital, so it may not be entirely fair to compare an acute clinic with a rehabilitation clinic. Working hours in Switzerland are longer than in Croatia. Residents work from 8 am to 6 pm with a break between 12 pm and 1 pm. During the break, you may not be contacted, but if something acute happens, the doctor on duty is called. You can use the break however you want, you can go for lunch, run, walk, or ride a bike. The working hours of doctors in leading positions are somewhat more flexible, although, as a rule, they do not differ much from the working hours of residents. This is certainly the biggest flaw of the system in Switzerland, but on the other hand, the organization of work is at such a level that you don’t go home exhausted at the end of the day. People are employed just to plan doctors’ working days so, at the beginning of the day, you get a plan with the exact work schedule for that day. This is unimaginable for doctors in Croatia. Salaries are 4-6 times higher than in Croatia, depending on experience and position you can expect between 100 and 200 thousand francs gross per year. The cost of living is on average 3 times higher than in Croatia. The biggest difference between Croatia and Switzerland is that there is a lot of care about personnel policy, the exact number of workers and their workload planned. The system is set on sound foundations, and the price of health care is realistic, unlike the price of the service in Croatia, which is several times lower than the real one, so workers have to do a huge amount of work to earn a salary. In Croatia, you often work at several sites at the same time, which is not the case here.
What are Swiss people like at work and in everyday life?
The entire medical team consists of about 15 doctors, and only one is Swiss. In Switzerland, you can get to know multiculturalism in the full sense of the word. I personally like it a lot. You don’t feel like you are seen as a foreigner because the vast majority of other employees are also foreigners. People are extremely kind. There is no existential cramp that is ubiquitous in Croatia. People are calmer and visibly more satisfied there. As I live in Davos, a small town in the heart of the Alps, the people there are also very sports-oriented, so hiking, skiing, cycling, and running are simply part of everyday life. The organization is part of the Swiss culture, so I believe that this will delight you the most in this country.
How did you find the moving process?
The hospital has 30 beautiful studios available for short-term rent, so I didn’t have to worry about accommodation. It also offers apartments for long-term rent. I still found an apartment by myself because I also have two dogs, so that was partly a problem because pets are not allowed in hospital apartments. What I must emphasize here is that the hospital also helped me find an apartment. Obtaining a residence visa takes about a month from the start of work. After obtaining the visa, you can also apply for a family reunification visa, which takes a few more weeks. The apartments here are unfurnished, the rent contract lasts at least one year. For the deposit, you will need to pay two rents in advance to a secured account that is not at the disposal of the landlord, but a third party (insurer). You have 3 months from arrival to arrange health insurance, which, depending on the package you take, costs approx. 200-400 francs per month.
How did your family and friends react when you decided to leave?
Reactions were mixed but mostly positive. I lived outside my hometown for years, so this step was not a big shock for the family. The fact that I can now help my family financially in case of need means a lot to me. In Croatia, I mostly only managed to cover my current living expenses.
How did you get to INCOR?
I found out about INCOR through a friend who was satisfied with the service and advised me to contact the agency. That would certainly be my advice since there are a lot of little things during the whole process that is better-taken care of by a professional familiar with the entire procedure. You will save a lot of nerves and time.
Do you have any advice for doctors who are considering relocating to another country?
From the decision to leave to the realization, you have enough time to emotionally digest everything together. It is the most difficult to make a decision, and at the start, everything seems much more painful than it is in reality. The experience of working in another system can only enrich you and give you a better insight into your health system and society in general.
The decision to move to a new setting is not easy at all, so it is always good to explore what awaits you when you plan to make a new life decision. Oncology specialist Marko Bebek decided to try his hand at the new healthcare system and moved to Denmark in January of 2022. Following is a more detailed description of Marko’s experience, so read on and find out what you can expect if you see your future in Scandinavia.
What motivated you to leave, and why did you choose Denmark?
One of the reasons I decided on Scandinavia was that my Croatian specialization in oncology is also accepted here, so I am officially in the position of clinical oncologist. The concept of work and lifestyle, as well as the connection with additional training options in the EU, are the main motivations for my departure. Among other reasons for moving, I would like to single out the desire to learn a new language and the ambition to try a more advanced healthcare system in the EU, as I have been dissatisfied with the healthcare system in Croatia for some time. I was looking for an ideal country for myself so I turned to Scandinavia. Since the positions in Denmark were in the proximity of larger cities, as Koge is near Copenhagen, it played a significant factor compared to Norway, for which I also had the option to leave.
How would you describe working conditions in Denmark?
It is much better than in Croatia. The system is more organized and involved, you know exactly who is responsible for which part of the job. There is a large number of non-medical staff in Denmark that helps doctors and nurses. In practice, doctors are not overburdened at work and employee satisfaction is regularly checked by surveys. Surveys also ask for suggestions, and doctors are expected to actively participate in improving our work environment.
How did the relocation process go?
The relocation process is quite painless and straightforward. Until the license was obtained (which is a somewhat more detailed process that requires knowledge of the language), everything went smoothly and I had excellent support from colleagues. To be clear, the adjustment process is always stressful, but I had help (from the agency, Zrinka, colleagues, and the real estate agency that helped me with registration, renting and directing) which greatly eases the whole situation. Choosing an apartment was a stressful step in the process and was chaotic as the available apartments were rented out very quickly. It might have helped if the agent had explained more and advised me about the process of finding an apartment, but I eventually ended up with an accommodation that suited me.
How did family and friends react to your decision?
My family and friends found it a little harder to accept my decision in the beginning, but as most of them have experience working in the health care system in Croatia, they understood my decision and supported me in going. Friends who had previously ended up in Denmark also helped me, and I learned valuable information from them firsthand.
How would you describe Danes?
My experience with the Danes is very positive. They are friendly, warm and want to help. In the beginning, I communicated in English since I came to Denmark a little earlier than I reached the communication level of Danish, and there were no problems. The Danish language is not easy, but everyone in my environment makes it as easy as possible. Of course, it takes effort, as it does with everything, but patience is essential.
How did you deal with Danish, and how did the language learning process go?
I started the language course as soon as I accepted the job and attended it online. The course is professional, and we did as much as we could in a short time since I soon moved to Denmark. When I relocated, to master it as soon as possible, I started to further improve my language in an organized group course in a local commune in addition to the online course. Although this approach is initially more difficult than if I came with a higher level of language, I can say that I am satisfied with the decision to come earlier. Danish grammar is not difficult, but writing and pronunciation are a bigger challenge. This frustrated me at first, but over time I surrounded myself with Danish which proved to be the key to success.
How did you get to us?
I came to Incor via LinkedIn, and I heard about you before from a colleague who thought about moving abroad. Everything from the initial contact and Zrinka’s help in applying for vacations, writing a CV and other documentation to finally moving and connecting with colleagues who had previously moved to Denmark went smoothly, and I have no complaints at all.
Do you have any advice for doctors considering moving?
It is difficult to decide to move, but I think it is also worthwhile to highlight your help. Without your assistance, the entire process would have been much more difficult, and you would have most likely relocated to a country other than Denmark.
Read more reviews of Zrinka’s Swedish school here.
If you are already familiar with Zrinka’s Swedish school (if you haven’t, now is your chance) and still not sure what the beginning of the A1 level of Swedish would look like, Andrea’s and Dorja’s reviews will help you establish what can you expect if you decide to apply.
Andrea Kablar – A1
This studying system suits me much better than the standard course concept. I recently took a German course so I can say that Swedish is a lot easier than German. There is no change of verbs through the faces, it is much easier to learn, the words are similar to German and English and can be recognized from the context. At Zrinka’s Swedish school, I like that the lectures are easy to follow and that they are well organized thematically. When Zrinka says a break, you take a break and do the task, there is not much thinking and combining. I also like how Zrinka explains, and videos are always easy to bring back and repeat when you don’t understand something. I have a feeling that already with the A1 level of Swedish I can communicate with people, which is something that, say, with the A1 level of German cannot be said.
Dorja Sabljak – A1
I have no complaints or criticism, I like the approach to studying the language at Zrinka’s Swedish school. It is motivating enough even though it is self-paced, and if someone wants it they can always learn faster than the planned schedule. Zrinka reports regularly and did an additional step with slightly adapting the course to health professionals (nurses and doctors). Lectures and assignments are easy to understand and apply.
The application and further details about Zrinka’s Swedish school are available for Croatian/Serbian/Bosnian speakers at this link.
At this link, you can read previous reviews of Swedish language course participants at Zrinka’s Swedish school.
As Swedish is one of the foreign languages that we do not encounter often, at Zrinka’s Swedish school we try to bring the Swedish language and Swedish culture closer through a combination of lectures and assignments available on our platform, but also a combination of live lectures. This hybrid system allows you to study content in your spare time while retaining all the benefits of live lectures and mutual dialogue. Read what impression Zrinka’s Swedish school left on Maja and Igor:
Maja Josipović – A2/1
1. Does a hybrid lecture system suit you? I like the hybrid lecture system, It gives the possibility of better organization of time concerning work and other obligations.
2. What are the advantages and disadvantages that you have noticed? The advantages are the previously mentioned possibility of choosing your own time for processing lectures. Ability to roll back video with time lag for some ambiguities, difficult chapters and similar situations. The downside is that if the level of motivation sometimes drops, no strictly set term would, say, exist in the case of live lectures, in the classroom.
3. Are you satisfied with the scope and quality of the content? The lectures are well-conceived, interesting and do not burden you with too much new information at once. I like the short knowledge exams at the end of some chapters.
4. Is there anything you think you should improve? I think Zrinka is doing a great job in terms of lectures and online classes. She is motivated and knows how to motivate others, is flexible, well-connected with Swedish culture and curiosities. I would recommend the course not only to those who want to move to Sweden but to anyone who wants to learn a new language. You will not regret it.
Igor Babić – A1
The hybrid concept is great, it’s great that you can watch the videos at any time and create your rhythm. The course has enough content, I watched and repeated the videos three or four times to get a better understanding of it. Sometimes I want to learn more, but I don’t have the concentration so it’s easy to get organized and watch videos at other times as lectures are always available.
Zrinka is an excellent lecturer who is always available and thoroughly explains everything necessary for mastering the Swedish language. Even though we had a lot of homework at times, we all wanted to learn the language, and I can say that I enjoyed learning Swedish, which I intend to continue.
Information about Zrinka’s Swedish school is available here for everyone that speaks the Croatian/Bosnian/Serbian language.
As you can find nurse jobs in Sweden, Denmark, and Norway by working with us, you can read all the basic information about the process we are going through together here.
The process of obtaining nurse jobs in Sweden and Denmark differs from the one in Norway. The difference is that Norway offers constantly open positions, while the process of hiring nurses in Sweden and Denmark is fully paid, but the frequency of job competitions depends solely on the health institutions in the regions we work with.
What both processes have in common is a start – once you have expressed a desire to work in Sweden, Denmark or Norway, you need to fill out a CV form tailored to the country you are interested in. You will receive a CV form (which you fill in in English) from us and we will help you highlight everything important to your potential Scandinavian employers.
Process for Sweden and Denmark – all necessary costs in the process are paid, but you will depend on job competitions
After you have sent the CV form for Sweden and Denmark, we will present to you all the active nurse jobs in Sweden and in Denmark, meaning the ones that we received from these two countries. If you are interested in the job description and the job itself, we will set up an interview between you and the hospital. After a successful video interview, employers invite you and your family for a short visit to the city where the hospital is located. The trip usually takes about 3-4 days. The first day you are in the hospital and you get to know the work environment, the second day you get to know the city, and the third day is scheduled to return home.
After returning home and once you gathered your impressions of the hospital and the city, negotiation with the potential employer begins. If you think that the hospital where you were interviewed meets your expectations in business terms, and the city meets your expectations in the private aspect and you decide to accept the job, you sign a contract with the hospital. If you still do not see yourself in that position, we are waiting for the next competition for nurses in Scandinavia, which we will present to you.
After you accept the job, a language course is organised for you and your family for a period of 5 to 8 months. The length of the course largely depends on your commitment and talent for learning new languages which are, in most cases, between 5 and 8 months.
During this period, while learning the language, we organize the entire relocation: we look for accommodation, employment opportunities for your spouse, kindergartens/schools for children and everything you need to get used to the new environment as soon as possible. We also pay you a scholarship for living expenses during the language course, so you are not required to work during this time.
Scandinavian employers are one of the best in the world because they constantly invest in their employees and listen to their wishes and needs. Swedish, Norwegian and Danish languages are not difficult to learn. Grammar in Scandinavian languages is much simpler than, for example, German, and a large number of words are related to English and German. Once you have successfully mastered one of these languages, you will be able to deal with the other two languages used on the Scandinavian peninsula.
The process of finding a position that suits you, going through a Skype interview and a hospital interview, accepting a job, language course and moving takes from 10 months or more (depending on the offer of the competition).
-> The condition for applying to openings in Sweden and Denmark is a minimum of 3 years of work experience in an EU member state.
Advantages of the process for Sweden and Denmark:
the whole process is paid for you, paid language course and relocation for the whole family
working and living conditions among the best in Europe
Disadvantages of the process for Sweden and Denmark:
a smaller number of competitions, only about 50 a year and mostly specific departments (for example, this year the competitions were for nurses from the emergency, psychiatry and intensive care and instrumental nurses, oncology nurses and nurses from neurology)
The process for Norway and the alternative process for Sweden – a process that guarantees a job
Update: starting with March 2022, a Norwegian or Swedish language course is free of charge for all nurses who have EU citizenship and a minimum of 3 years of work experience in an EU member state.
What is important to emphasise is that we only work with serious candidates who approach the idea of possible relocation responsibly, for the reason that our time would be effective and maximized use for such candidates. Candidates who require information, consultation, and assistance on options and processes for obtaining a licence in foreign countries, as well as other important information for deciding on relocation, but do not wish to make such a decision at this time or plan to look for a job on their own, can obtain our services for a fee.
After we obtain your CV, we will organize a Skype conversation with us and colleagues from Norway / Sweden. If you decide to continue the employment process in Norway or Sweden, we include you in a Norwegian or Swedish language course that you learn up to level B2. You learn Norwegian between 10 and 12 months with your job and after passing the B1 language level you have a job interview (hospitals, health centres, clinics, homes and community centres – all according to your choice and previous experience). After the confirmation of employment in the desired job, and after passing the B2 level of language, you will start with relocation to Scandinavia. Once you have passed the B2 language level, you must report to EURES and agree on the next steps with them, as they are executing the whole project. Nurse jobs in Sweden and Norway, in this system, are open throughout the year, and when you get a license you can choose the job that suits you best. The basic annual salary is around 500,000 kroner, and in addition to the basic salary, you also receive allowances for working in shifts, weekends, night shifts and an allowance for working in rural areas (in case you choose such an environment).
Anyone who opts for this option, with our help, applies to the Scandinavian EURES office (the office finances language courses for employment in another EU member state).
All nurses who meet the participation requirements have the right to a paid language course (ie have work experience in the EU as well as citizenship in an EU Member State). The difference is that in the first option, the hospital pays for the language course in advance, whereas in the second option for Norway and Sweden the language course is paid for by our partners.
The process of finding a job that suits you, going through a Skype and hospital interview, accepting a job, a language course and moving takes about a year.
Advantages of the process for Norway and Sweden:
guaranteed nurse jobs in Sweden or Norway
you do not depend on job openings for foreigners since you’ll join the hospital as a licensed nurse that already speaks the local language
upon completing the B1 level, we arrange interviews with employers for which you have expressed interest
Disadvantages of the process for Norway and Sweden:
the relocation process is financed by yourself
-> The condition for applying to openings in Sweden and Denmark is a minimum of 3 years of work experience in an EU member state.
Depending on your preferences and capabilities, there are several ways a nurse can get a job in Sweden, Denmark and Norway. Both processes will take you to Scandinavia, but which path you choose depends solely on your desire to approach the recruitment process. Once you have decided which path you want to choose, contact us by email to plan the next steps together.
We provide several options to young doctors interested in specialization in medicine, as well as to ones that are currently undergoing one, to continue their careers in the EU.
Medical specialization is offered in Germany, Austria, Ireland, and Sweden. In these countries, you have the opportunity to either start or continue your undergoing specialization. Since the process is different for each country, the first step is to get acquainted with all the options offered to young doctors and future specialists. It is important to note that it is not possible to skip steps – medical chambers require that every doctor have a valid license in the country where you will work. In other words, just as it is not possible to apply for a job at a hospital in your own country without a valid medical license, it is not possible in other countries until you obtain your own medical license.
The steps for the process of obtaining or continuing specialization are as follows:
Specialization in Germany:
1. It is necessary to speak German at B2 / C1 level (health chamber requires passed or Goethe or ÖSD certificate)
2. You fill in the German CV form that we provide
3. We tell you what documentation you need to attach when applying for a license
4. After you obtain a license, we actively look for specialization and a place that suits you
5. Once you agree with the hospital, we help in the search for accommodation and in organizing your relocation to Germany or Austria
The process of finding a medical specialization in Austria is almost identical to the process for Germany. The only difference is that Austria requires a C1 level of language proficiency. If you are not sure what to expect from a specialization in Germany or Austria, read 5 reasons why specialize in Germany or Austria. A fairly more detailed description of the process of obtaining specialist training in Germany is available here.
Specialization in Ireland:
1. It is necessary to have a certificate of English language proficiency at B2 / C1 level (IELTS or OET)
2. Hospitals require you to have at least some work experience in medicine (more specifically experience in a hospital)
3. You fill out an Irish CV form that we provide
4. We tell you what documentation you need to attach when applying for an IMC license
5. Depending on your experience, we are looking for a position that would suit you
6. After signing the employment contract with the hospital, we help organize everything needed to move to Ireland
Since the process of obtaining a specialization in Ireland is quite different from the process in most of Europe, most doctors who complete medicine in another EU country must first start with an SHO (Senior House Officer) position to advance to a Registrar position. Depending on your country, specialists in their 3rd or 4th year of medical specialisation may be able to continue directly to the registrar position in Ireland. Read more about the levels of specialist training in Ireland here.
Specialization in Sweden (only available for doctors speaking Croatian/Serbian/Bosnian):
To specialize in medicine in Sweden, it is necessary to speak Swedish at the C1 level. In cooperation with the Zrinka’s School of Swedish, we help all doctors who pass the C1 level in mentioned school to obtain a medical license and apply for a job. Read the experience of our two candidates who came to Sweden to specialize this way here. This process differs from Germany, Austria, and Ireland, but is a great option for doctors looking to develop a career in Scandinavia. The average candidate learns a language from zero to C1 level in 1.5 years, which is less than the average required to learn German to the same level.
To receive information on the possibilities of specialization of medicine in the EU, please apply through this questionnaire.
For the first time after a long break, we will have the opportunity to meet in person. This time it is at the ExpoMedics job fair for medical professionals in which we regularly participate, and so it is this year.
We will have the opportunity to get to know each other and talk about employment opportunities on 30th of October 2021, in Hotel Dubrovnik, in the centre of Zagreb, from the period starting at 11h to 17h. We look forward to all possible inquiries and are ready to provide all the necessary information to make it easier and help you in the process of continuing your career abroad.
If you want to see what the fairs looked like in previous years, take a look at ourgallery.
We provide employment opportunities in 10 different European countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Great Britain and Ireland). We guide every candidate interested in one of these countries through the whole process, and together we go through and organize everything necessary to present ourselves to potential employers as well as possible. When you get in touch with hospitals we also go through everything necessary for further steps, about which you can read details here.
If you want to find out what we offer in advance, check out a part of our current offer.
If you have immediate questions, feel free to contact us earlier via the contact below. In any case, we are looking forward to seeing you soon in Zagreb!
here should you start the search? Since this is a specialization that we deal with here in Incor, in this article we will share a few details that will help you choose the ideal destination for your next job.
1st step – in which countries can I apply for a job?
Employers in Europe are generally more closed or open to certain specializations and orientations, which of course depends on the supply and demand of jobs. For example, Scandinavia is closed to general practitioners who do not speak fluent Swedish, Danish or Norwegian as they are entirely focused on hiring specialist doctors, to whom they are willing to pay the costs of learning the language. In this case, the general practitioner has the option to take a language course and obtain a license in Scandinavia, or to focus on, say, the German-speaking area, which is open to all general practitioners who know the language at the B2-C1 level. Detailed information provided by countries that are open to your medical orientation can be found here, and in case you are looking for specific and up-to-date information for your specialization, it is the best idea to contact us directly.
2nd step – get acquainted with the employment process in a particular country
Since the recruitment process varies from country to country, it is necessary to find out the necessary information to get a rough idea of the journey that awaits you to move abroad. In case you are interested in some of the countries in which we provide placement, you can get acquainted with the process at this link, where you will also immediately see what documentation is required when applying for the job opportunity. Once you are familiar with the process and have an idea of what awaits you when applying, we need to start preparing the documentation.
3rd step – preparing the necessary documentation for the application
In this step, we work together to prepare the documents required to apply for a job in EU/EEA. Because each country has certain criteria that it values more with the candidate, we tailor each application individually to the country you are interested in. In practice, this means that applying for a job in Ireland is more focused on the technical aspect and emphasizing your professional skills and experience, while your application for Sweden, in addition to well-written skills, is also focused on getting to know your traits and character as Swedes pay more attention to character fit.
4th step – sending your application
After focusing on one country, getting acquainted with all the necessary information about the culture and the employment process and preparing all the necessary documentation, we start applying for open competitions and look for a position that would suit your preferences. It is important to note that looking for a job abroad is primarily a process during which not every employer will be a good fit for you, but you will also not suit every employer. This requires a great deal of patience and depending on the feedback we are additionally working on improving the application in order to increase the chances of success on the next application.
If this information brings you closer to the application process, but you still can’t decide on taking the first step, contact us through the mentioned channels and we will discuss the available opportunities.
In addition to the previously published experiences of candidates who have passed through Zrinka’s Swedish school, which you can read here, today we bring you the third sequel to the mini-series to get acquainted with the successes you can accomplish by speaking Swedish.
If these experiences have led you to consider relocating or learning Swedish, contact us for an informative conversation via the listed contacts at the end of this post. Information is also available on the official website of Zrinka’s Swedish school. The language school is currently available for Croatian/Serbian/Bosnian/Slovenian speakers.
Our course is designed so that you have unlimited access to the content through the online platform, which means that you do not have to wait for the next appointment to progress. Instead, you can connect at any time of the day and follow the next lecture for as long as you want. In parallel with the online content, you have the option of booking appointments for live lessons, which ultimately means that you have all the advantages of both online and classic language teaching and that you can adapt the entire course to yourself and your own capabilities.
Milica Potkonjak, 43 years, physiotherapist
“Scandinavia has been interesting to me from before and the main reason for my interest is the general value system in Sweden. I started learning Swedish, completed A1 and A2 / 1 degrees on the platform, and I am moving on. The course is well thought out, you don’t have to go anywhere because the course comes home and you do the hours the way you want. The course also includes live lessons with Zrinka, where I communicate ambiguities, but I also work a little harder because Zrinka asks me everything, she is very curious. I believe that by knowing the language you become a part of society on another level and create a network of acquaintances, and at the same time, it is my first step towards moving. “
Maja Moravek, 33years, social worker
“Since I know myself, I’m not a fan of learning the language, but I decided to learn Swedish because of one thing only, love. A friend who attended Zrinka’s course and was very pleased with it gave me a recommendation which I listened to and was delighted. I think that the work program is adapted to the needs and possibilities of our group, and there is a great atmosphere within the group, filled with an excellent ratio of work and fun, which greatly enhances motivation. I am currently at B1 / 2 level.”
Marija Jagnjić, 46years, economist
“After my husband learned the language at Zrinka’s school and moved to Sweden, during the period when my son and I were alone in Croatia, I devoted myself to learning the language at Zrinka’s Swedish school. After learning A1 and A2 levels, we also moved and continued learning the language, but with the assessment of the university, skipped B1 level and directly enrolled in B2 (so I avoid SFI programs). I think that without the basics I gained with Zrinka one on one, my continuing education here would not be possible. Less than 2 years after my arrival, I enrolled in a specialization whose program was held in Swedish, and now I have been working as an HR administrator for the third year.”
Iris Đipalo Juretić, 46years, doctor of medicine
“With the Swedish language course I attended from Zrinka, I was able to work and live normally because she is very flexible in that regard. The whole course lasted approximately 1.5 years where we went through all the necessary from A1 to C1 level of language proficiency, and I was ready for the next step closer to moving. With all the help with the language, Zrinka’s team from INCOR helped me and instructed me on how to obtain a work license in Sweden and how to prepare all the necessary documentation. Today, I live in Sweden and I think that a language course is a great investment in yourself.”
Lucia Španjol Pandelo, doctor of medicine
“Since I wanted to go to work in Sweden, I started a Swedish language course which went very smoothly and it wasn’t hard for me to learn a new language with Zrinka because it’s easy to click on everything with her. Within a year and 3 months, I was able to learn and pass Swedish at the C1 level required to apply to the medical chamber. I have to admit that Zrinka prepared me great, and I like holding the course this way the most because I managed to study and work at the same time. I am now happily employed in Sweden.”
Nermina Tahirović Žunić, 52years, pharmacist
“I came to Zrinka via the Internet and through the foreign language school where she previously worked. I can say that she was not only a teacher but supported me in every step and motivated me when I was on the verge of giving up. After 1.5 years I passed the C1 level and now I have been in Sweden for almost 4 years. During my studies, when I was at B2 level, Zrinka advised me to go to Sweden for a month to improve my language and that helped me a lot. I noticed that we who learned the language before moving somehow did better than those who learn it here.”
Jasmina Dervišbegović, 57years, pharmacist
“The language course is the first step and condition for you to manage and get a job in a foreign country if you intend to leave, as I wanted. I can say that I liked this course because Zrinka is full of knowledge and ready to help whatever she needs, and in addition to professional knowledge, I would dare to say that she was often our unofficial life coach and psychologist. It took me a year to learn Swedish up to the C1 level, after which I obtained a license with Zrinka’s instructions.”