Thursday, 14 June 2012

Moving to Sweden: In the Spotlight Malmo

Moving Partnership Limited (MPL) provides a wide range of removals services including European and International removals to Sweden.  We can provide both domestic removals to Sweden and commercial removals to Sweden, taking care of everything on your behalf from start to finish, including comparing hundreds of quotes with our FAIM and BAR partners to ensure you get the best price possible.

For domestic removals to Sweden we provide a service tailored to your requirements, undertaking as much or as little of the removals process as you like.  This means that we can take care of your packing and unpacking, the shipment of your possessions in a sole 20 or 40ft container or grouped with other shipments for removals to Sweden. We can even take care of the shipment of specialist items, cars, pets, help with any visas or documentation required for your move or provide you with removals insurance.

For commercial removals to Sweden we can provide packing and unpacking, temporary and long terms storage, IT relocations, PAT testing of installations, dismantling and rebuilding of system furniture and much more besides.  Our experienced project management team will work closely with you to discuss your requirements and ensure that we meet your deadlines, budgets and qualitative expectations for your removals to Sweden.

The benefits of using MPL for commercial removals to Sweden include:
  • Paying close attention to detail during all stages of planning and move management
  • Removing the burden from what can be a particularly daunting time for any business
  • Having many years of experience in providing successful commercial removals
  • Partnering with either FAIM or BAR accredited companies to ensure your move is carried out professionally, efficiently and securely
  • Having access to specialist equipment such as lifting equipment
  • Possessing local area knowledge and expertise in providing removals to Sweden
  • Providing you with the best possible price for your removals by comparing quotes on your behalf
  • Being able to provide client testimonials for our commercial removals services to give you peace of mind
Removals to Sweden - click here for full information on our removals to Sweden service or contact us now for a free online moving quote.

Moving to Sweden: About Malmo
Malmo is Sweden’s third largest city after Gothenburg and Stockholm. Located in the far South of Sweden, Malmo has a large multicultural population; 30% of its residents are of foreign origin, with half having at least one parent born outside of Sweden.  Malmo is now considered to be home to some 164 nationalities speaking 100 different languages.  This, together with the fact that Malmo is considered one of Europe’s richest farming regions producing quality ingredients including prime Baltic and North Atlantic fresh fish and seafood, make Malmo an exciting place to eat due to the diverse range of cuisines available.

Prior to the erection of the 8km Oresund Bridge in 2000, which connects Malmo with Copenhagen in Denmark, the city experienced a period of economic depression.  Many of Malmo’s traditional industries, including ship building closed down resulting in Sweden’s highest unemployment rate in 1995.  Since this period Malmo has undergone a substantial revival predominantly due to the Oresund Bridge and Malmo University College founded in 1998 both of which have integrated Malmo into the European Union.  The major transformation of Malmo has seen considerable architectural development which has in turn enticed new Biotech and IT companies to the city.  The University now employs 1500 people and attracts over 24,000 students.  Although prices in Malmo have gone up since the bridge, it still remains a relatively low cost of living compared to neighbouring cities. 10% of the population of Malmo now choose to work in Copenhagen which, thanks to the Oresund Bridge, is now only 20 minutes away.

Malmo is a city which clearly cares about its environment and sustainable living; the newly developed Western Harbour is now a 100% renewable energy district.  Evidence of other environmental initiatives includes biogas powered buses, locally produced organic food in schools and the Oresund Bridge which encourages the use of trains over cars.  Education, healthcare and basic standard of living are accessible to all.  Malmo is also a city which takes sexual equality seriously; a much higher percentage of women occupy professional and managerial positions in Malmo than in most other countries.  This equality is positively encouraged with a working culture which embraces family life with the provision of subsidised childcare and generous maternity benefits including 16 months paid leave.

Despite its expansion the city of Malmo remains small and friendly with a real sense of community.  The city is now under good leadership and this is apparent in the continued development of Malmo and involvement by the wider community which is actively encouraged.  As with many other Swedish cities, Malmo provides over 400km of bicycle paths and is therefore the vehicle of choice for around 40% of commuters.

Malmo is now a cosmopolitan city with an atmosphere to match.  With its reclaimed seafront and its many beautiful beaches and parks it is not difficult to understand why Malmo is now widely acclaimed as a summer city.  The most southerly of locations in Sweden mean that Malmo’s climate is closer to that of Milan in Italy rather than some of the more northerly Swedish towns.  Summers are warm and pleasant with temperatures of around 20-21 degrees - the occasional heatwave is not uncommon either.  Despite Scandinavia’s reputation for snowfall, in Malmo some winters are virtually snow free, although still cold with temperatures ranging between -3 and +4 degrees.

The ancient city centre of Malmo is reasonably small with a cosy and intimate feel due to being ordered around a number of city squares - Stora Torget (big square), Lilla Torget (small square), Gustav Adolf and David Hall squares.  Lilla Torg is the place to be when the sun goes down; people gather here to enjoy its many restaurants, bars and clubs which are open until 3am.  Many of the quaint streets are pedestrianized making them perfect for exploring Malmo’s large number of historical and picturesque landmarks from various periods including wooden houses which date back to the 1500’s. 

Malmo could quite easily be referred to as a garden city due to its abundance of wide open spaces and parkland.  Folkets Park, Slottparken, Pildammparken and Kungsparken provide a natural corridor between Ribersborg beach and the Stadion area of town in the north east.  Each park seems to have something different to offer.

Folkets Park dates back to the early 19th century making it one of Malmo’s oldest parks.  The original theatre and bandstand built for the entertainment of the working class still remain and the park has a particular appeal to children due to its amusement park and petting zoo which also offers pony rides.

Kungparken or Kings Park was opened by Swedish King, Oscar II in 1872.  Today it is filled with beautiful flowers, rare trees and avenues offering welcome shade in the summer months.  The park’s original restaurant is now home to Malmo’s casino, Cosmopol.

Lawns bordered by large wooded areas, ponds and sculptures can all be found at Slottsparken (Castle Park).  The most famous of the sculptures located in the park is ‘Man and Pegasus’ by Carl Milles.  If for nothing else the park is worth a visit for the architectural wonder of the city library or the ‘Calendar of Light’ as it is referred to due to its unique glass and sandstone structure.

Malmo’s largest park, Pildammsparken’s appeal is its avenue of flowers, ponds, lawns and beautiful groves. The ‘Queen Silvia Rose Garden’ is the parks most recent feature and is simply stunning.  In the summer the park also hosts open-air concerts and theatrical performances.

Malmo is one of the few cities where you can enjoy beautiful sandy beaches without having to leave the city.  Ribersborg is the 2.5km man-made beach located in Western Harbour and is acclaimed as the ‘Rivera of the North’ or the ‘Swedish Riviera’.  There is also a sea water bathing facility located just off the pier here, but be warned that nude bathing is permitted here so you might get more than you bargained for.  Other popular beaches include Sibbarp, Klagshamn and Scaniabadet.

The long broadwalk at Western Harbour which, prior to the city’s redevelopment, was a run-down harbour area is practically bursting with life with the buzz of its many restaurants, bars, cafes and nightclubs.   ‘The turning torso’ is a famous landmark located here and towers some 200ft above the city skyline. You can also get a fabulous view of the Oresund Bridge and on a clear day you might even catch a glimpse of the Copenhagen coast.

Removals to Sweden - click here for full information on our removals to Sweden service or contact us now for a free online moving quote.