Sweden is home to many of the world’s most successful expatriates, and as the Scandinavian country’s economic crisis deepens, some are worried that the country could be on the verge of becoming too unaffordable.
As of December 2018, expatriate households could owe about $1,600 more than their Swedish counterparts, according to a report by the Stockholm Institute for Economics and Business.
The figure is similar to what the government is already spending to help people relocate.
But while Sweden is an attractive destination for those who want to escape poverty and to find their own identity, it’s not the only country where expats are making an effort to find new work.
A recent study by the Swedish Confederation of Economic Research found that about one-third of expats currently work in the country’s three largest cities.
While it’s important to remember that Sweden is a country with strong national and international ties, it can be hard to know how much of the country is actually making a difference in the lives of expatriats.
According to data compiled by the OECD, a group of countries that track international migration, the number of expat households in Sweden has increased from 0.8 million in 2009 to 4.4 million in 2018.
Sweden has the second-highest proportion of expatic workers, according the OECD report.
But even in the midst of a severe economic crisis, the country remains one of the most generous in the world when it comes to providing financial support to its expat population.
In 2016, Sweden’s government paid out nearly $10 billion in grants and assistance to expats, the largest such sum in the OECD.
And in 2018, Sweden gave out more than $4.7 billion in assistance to foreigners.
“It’s not as if they are taking up a lot of money,” says Mogens Bergman, director of the Stockholm Council on Foreign Relations, who has worked on international relations issues for several decades.
“But they are doing a lot.”
And Sweden has plenty of expatiats to thank for that.
Sweden has the largest number of immigrants per capita in Europe, with nearly 17 million people — a figure that is on track to surpass the 20 million mark this year.
About 70 percent of the people living in Sweden are from abroad, with the country home to roughly 3 million expats.
“We’ve become a country of expatis,” says Björn Jonsson, a member of the Swedish parliament’s foreign affairs committee.
“And we’re very grateful.”
The country has become known for its high-tech companies, including the tech giants SAP, Accenture, Microsoft, and Accenture Stockholm.
Sweden also has a long and rich history in the tech industry, having produced many of Silicon Valley’s most recognizable names, including Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen and billionaire Ron Conway, who co-founded Airbnb.
In recent years, Sweden has also become a haven for the countrys biggest tech companies.
The country has hosted the biggest number of Google employees in the United States, according for instance, with almost 100,000 people employed in its tech industry.
“Sweden is a very successful country, and it has a very rich history,” says Sigrid Jensen, a professor of Swedish studies at the University of Southern Denmark and the author of “The Sweden of the Future: Expats, Immigrants, and the Future of Sweden.”
But despite all of its success, there are still many who are skeptical about expats in Sweden, and some worry that they are a drain on the country.
The government, which is responsible for the welfare of its expats and provides assistance for the elderly, has tried to convince expats that they can stay and contribute to the country and contribute more to society, Jonsen says.
But many of them say that the support has been minimal.
“They are not very important to me,” says Niklas Fjellström, a Swedish expat living in Finland.
“There are a lot more people that are interested in me.
And I can’t get paid.”
The lack of support is one reason why the expatriation movement has exploded in the last decade.
A 2016 report by The Nordic Business Council found that the number and scope of expatos in Sweden had grown by 40 percent since 2004.
The trend has been fueled in part by Sweden’s low tax rate, which encourages business investment and provides incentives for workers to move to the Nordic country.
And Sweden has one of Europes most generous social welfare systems, with more than 1 million people receiving assistance from the government every month.
But despite its success in attracting many expats to the city of Gothenburg, a large city located in the far north of Sweden, many people in the Swedish capital say that their expat community is becoming increasingly outdated.
“I’m a bit uncomfortable in my own country, because there are expats everywhere,” says Johan Björk, a 29-year-old software developer who lives