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Moving to a Scandinavian country
I'm in the process of some information gathering, and have received great advice from here before, so thought I might give it another go!
So I am a bit of a voyaging leaf. I have lived in separate countries for 14 years each (I wont even begin to count how many different cities) and the last year been craving to make the next big move. I am currently in the States with US citizenship, but I have been wanting to make a move to one of the Scandinavian countries. I am actually not picky at all with whichever one it ends up being. I recently applied to a Danish company just for giggles and to get a feel for the process, then a few days later I hear back from them! The process went pretty far but at the end it did not work out. I learned a lot from it but it came as a surprise and was not ready for it. I did take that as a bit of a sign to push forward.
I'm trying to learn the process of working in those countries and how they are different. I have obviously been doing a lot of research, but their are a few things I am not quite sure about. Like for Sweden, I know you can apply for a working/residence permit, but that also a company can try and sponsor you so you get a permit for the duration you are hired? (I'm assuming the residence permit is identical to that of a green card while the other is just a working permit) Would it be in my best interest to apply for this permit? (I know the process can take anywhere up to a year) Or should I just solely apply to companies? If you get declined from say getting a residence permit does that dramatically lower the chances of any given company being able to sponsor you? I have seen some listings where they mention having the work permit and some don't. (These were ones listed in English speaking listings) Is Denmark a little more easy going in this sense? Because I seem to be finding a lot of listings in my profession that are even boasting about having a lot of people from different nations in their companies)
I'm also a total ethnic mix, I do have dual citizenship with Turkey but no EU citizenship. I am actually part Romanian-Bulgarian-Turkish and since my grandparents are Romanian the embassy said I would be allowed to apply and mostly like get Romanian citizenship but they said they would require me to do a language test, and sadly I do not speak a word of it. I am bilingual and know 3 languages, but I don't know if it would be worth studying that language for about a year-ish or two to get EU citizenship or to skip that. (Fathers side is Bulgarian, but I am not acquainted at all with them so getting any sort of official documents would be a pain in the butt cheeks) I'd prefer to just go and learn the language of the country I'm going to be moving to.
Anyway, any sort of opinions or thoughts/experiences would be much appreciated! In the meantime I will be looking at more resources I can find.