Located in central Sweden, Vasteras is the country’s fifth largest city, and is approximately 100km from the capital, Sweden. It is known as ‘the city by Lake Mälaren’, because of its proximity to this lake via the Svartan creek. The city is one of the oldest in northern Europe and has a long history as well as many fascinating sights and attractions. Expatriates living in Vasteras will be able to take in sights such as the Västman County Museum and Västerås Art Museum as well as the nearby Engsö Castle, which dates back to the end of the 12th century. The city also offers plenty in terms of the arts and culture and expats living in Vasteras will find that there are a number of live music venues, outdoor spaces and parks as well as plenty of shops, bars and restaurants which offer a taste of the local flavor. Some of the city’s most popular sports include bandy, hockey and soccer, which can be enjoyed at various venues across the city.
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Sweden in general has a high cost of living compared to other parts of Europe, but Vasteras is known for having a lower cost of living than other major cities in the country. The city’s climate typically features warm summers with periods of rain whilst winters are much colder with plenty of snowfall. Expatriates moving to Vasteras will find getting around easy thanks to an extensive bus service but as a small city it is easy to walk around to most locations on foot or by bicycle, with a number of cycle paths running throughout the city. The city is investing heavily in its education and expats moving to Vasteras with families will find plenty of schools in the area. Expats relocating to Vasteras can furthermore sign up to InterNations and take advantage of its forums and discussion groups in order to connect with fellow expats who may have lived or live in the city in order to get key information about areas such as housing, education, transport and more.
Vasteras is known for being an industrial city, and expatriates hoping to start working in Vasteras may find opportunities in a number of areas such as the energy sector, electronics manufacturing and others whilst healthcare, education and public services are also major areas of employment. In addition, the city has a thriving retail and trade industry and expats living in Vasteras may wish to look for opportunities in these areas. The city is also known for being the location of where international retailer H&M was first set up. For more information about finding work as an expatriate in Vasteras, expats should sign up to InterNations and have a browse through the comprehensive content section or simply interact with fellow members. As InterNations is an online expat community with more than 1 million members from over 190 nations, it should not be hard to find like-minded people in order to seek advice and share information which can be useful when moving to a new city.