Working and Living in the Linnaeus Region

The Linnaeus Region comprises Kalmar County and Kronoberg County. It is the ideal region if you want to kick-start your career, hosting a number of innovative, international companies like IKEA, Volvo, Scania, Visma Strålfors and Södra Skogsägarna, to name just a few.

The Linnaeus Region is a rapidly developing part of Sweden that creates a lot of new jobs. The region has a great demand for students with skills in IT, engineering, health and social care, education and commerce. If you have these skills you will have a great advantage on the Swedish labour market. Contributions from international academics are very important and employers highly value their international employees. The Linnaeus Region has a good reputation and encourages entrepreneurship and has, therefore, become a hub for entrepreneurs. Linnaeus University is eager to contribute to improving the ties between employers and international academics and works to help the region make the most of these academics by making them stay in the region.

1. Before you start looking for a job

If you are interested in finding a job in the Linnaeus region once you have completed your studies, you should, as a first step, contact the Swedish Migration Agency in order to gain an understanding of what requirements need to be fulfilled to get a work permit.

2. How to find a job

Linnaeus University encourages you to start collaborating with companies early on during your studies, for instance through projects, internships or thesis work. This is a good way to establish a professional network and to meet potential employers.

Looking for a job in the Linnaeus region

Linnaeus University Career Counselling Service

The career counselling service at Linnaeus University, LNU Career, offers support and advice when you try to figure out how your education, your experience, and your personal qualifications can best be summarised into a powerful job application. You will get help pinpointing your skills and experience and tips and guidance on how to best design your CV and cover letter. For more information, please visit: Career counselling service.

Professional social network

LinkedIn is one of the most well-known, professional social networks on the internet. Many career experts have pointed out how this service improves the recruitment process through its universal curriculum concept. Recruiters from the region can now find their perfect candidate by simply using the right filter. Therefore, it is important for you to have a complete LinkedIn profile in order to increase your chances of getting a job in the Linnaeus Region/Sweden. If you do not have a LinkedIn profile, you can get help creating one by joining one of our workshops, Café Career, that are arranged by the career counselling service at Linnaeus University. For more information, please visit: https://lnu.se/en/education/job-and-career/karriarvagledning/

Work after your studies

Sweden is a great place to start your career. The country hosts a wide range of innovative, international companies. For information on requirements and how to apply for an extension or a work permit, visit the Swedish Migration Agency's website.

Please see more detailed information on: Work and life in Sweden or migrationsverket.se.

Start your own business

Linnaeus University promotes entrepreneurship and the Linnaeus Region is famous for its entrepreneurial spirit! If you have a business idea and are interested in developing it, you are welcome to contact Drivhuset, an entrepreneurial organisation that provides services to future entrepreneurs. This support can range from individual coaching and training sessions to career guidance and a number of other helpful things. Drivhuset helps new entrepreneurs to start and run their companies, or to develop their ideas. Drivhuset is located both on campus in Växjö (Building H) and in Kalmar (Falken). All of their services are free of charge!

For more information, please contact to Drivhuset.

If you would like to start your own company and get more support, we can also recommend getting in contact with Videum Science Park in Växjö or Kalmar Science Park. They work to support the establishment of new businesses and create meeting places for the trade and industry that connect students, researchers and companies.
For more information, please visit: https://www.videum.se/in-english and http://www.kalmarsciencepark.se

3. Language – Learning Swedish

Linnaeus University offers Swedish courses for international students. Please contact internationalstudents@lnu.se to get further information about the Swedish courses. There is also a lot of useful information about the Swedish language that can be accessed online and you can register for online Swedish courses as well. Also, keep in mind that the municipalities in Sweden offer Swedish language courses (Swedish for immigrants, Sfi). For more information about the Sfi courses, please visit Sfi Växjö or Sfi Kalmar.

Some useful links for you who would like to learn Swedish online:


4. Accommodation

We know how difficult it can be sometimes to find accommodation in Sweden. The student union Linnéstudenterna can offer you help you with accommodation. For further information, please visit Linnéstudenterna.

Last but not least – some advice for you!

If you are planning on moving to Sweden, you will find a lot of helpful practical advice on https://studyinsweden.se/life-in-sweden/practical-advice/