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California bartender seeking work in Stockholm
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My name is Gabrielle and I am a bartender from California. I have five years of bartending experience and will be moving to Stockholm in a month or so to live with my Swedish fiance. I want to see if I can find work anywhere in Stockholm as a bartender even though I don’t speak Swedish very well. My English is very good though and I was told that it would be best to work somewhere with lots of English-speaking tourists but I’m not sure where I can find such places. Can anyone give me some advice? Please e-mail me at ravenstar81@yahoo.com. Thank you!

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PM some pics, might be able to help

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Stockholm in summer probably is where most English-speaking tourists will be. The ice hotel also comes to mind, but that’s seasonal, and certainly not gobs of tourists there. Maybe also consider working for a caterer or party provider.

I don’t know if Sweden’s strict alcohol laws will affect you—if certification or qualifications are needed. To legally work, you must have a work permit, and to apply for a work permit, you need a job offer. Living with fiance might help under “family reunification” if you are a registered parnership—it might help you get residence permission, which will make job hunting easier from within Sweden than from outside of Sweden.

Legal work means, of course, taxes will be withheld, part of which covers your obligatory health insurance in Sweden. Swedish income taxes are some of the world’s highest. Just keeping it real if you weren’t aware or hadn’t considered work and residence permits and, of course, taxes.

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Thanks. I just got a residence permit so I will have legal permission to work. I just want to see if I can find work in my profession in Sweden. Smile

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I just found this page of tips for Sweden where there are some good resources. They also have a jobs in Sweden section that is fairly good and only has the English jobs and updated fairly regularly. If all this does not work, then head over to the government work site and trawl through all the listings. Hope this helps.