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Doctor/PhD - is Sweden good option for me?

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Doctor/PhD - is Sweden good option for me?

Post Posted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 1:41 pm

Hi all,

I am a doctor (hopefully, soon will be a qualified psychiatrist), have a PhD and growing research background in psychiatry. I consider myself a great employee - I'm dedicated, love my job and work hard. I speak basic Swedish. I'm thinking about going to Sweden next year. I will have an intensive language course provided by the hiring company, so should be able to communicate both with my colleagues and patients, although I believe that a psychiatrist should have much higher level of language competence (this is the main reason I am also considering the UK).

So, the question is - is Sweden a good place for me and my family? I'd like to live in the southern Sweden, in a city, but not as big as Stockholm. Norrköping looks good to me. Any other suggestions?

I know that doctors, esp. psychiatrists, are highly sought in Sweden. I wonder if there are opportunities to combine clinical work with research and what are my chances to find a job in a university hospital. If there are any doctors here, how satisfying is to work as a doctor in Sweden?

My wife is an IT specialist and also speaks basic Swedish and intermediate English. We have one little boy and since we will have a baby next year, my wife won't be able to start working within a year or so. Therefore, I'd like to know what financial support can we count on? Moreover, what are chances for her to find a job in the future?

Meanwhile, will we be able to live for my salary at a relatively good level? Right now, to secure my family I have to work so much that I rarely have time for anything else, incl. my family and research activity, which both are very important to me. I want to have more time for myself and stop working in five different places.

Thank you for your time and for any help.

Regards,
Adam

 

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Re: Doctor/PhD - is Sweden good option for me?

Post Posted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 5:51 pm

It can be a good option. But you could also consider Norway, many Swedish doctors and nurses are working in Norway. They offer far higher salaries, specially in the nothern part of Norway. If you speak Swedish than you will have no problem with Norwegian.
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Re: Doctor/PhD - is Sweden good option for me?

Post Posted: Sat Dec 06, 2014 12:23 pm

I also think it is good option. Sweden is good country.

 

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