I'm currently an EU citizen...however that EU citizenship is British thus is greatly under threat. Further I'm an ethnic minority so...let's just say I don't feel safe with the direction the UK is heading. Not to mention the economic downturn.
Luckily I might have a job opportunity in Copenhagen to offer me an escape. The problem with this I see is that Denmark requires 9 years of residence for citizenship. Which is a hell of a long time.
Once upon a time I lived in Sweden. I was there for 2 years. I know that Swedish citizenship requires 5 years of residence. Though I think my previous 2 years do not count this is still a more manageable length of time. I am confident I can get my Swedish up to a fluent level with a year or two study too so that's a worry gone there.
So I'm thinking....maybe if I get this Copenhagen job I can live in Malmo and commute daily? Many do this...
The trouble is...I hate commuting.
So as a possible alternative I'm thinking to keep two residences. Buy myself a proper home on the Swedish side and rent a room to crash in on the Danish side. The job seems to offer flexiable working and is in the kind of industry where I expect I'll be working like a dog some days and then have some lengthy downtime.
I wonder, how can this dual residence thing work for the purpose of residence?
I am determined above all to do this right and above board- being 100% legally living in Sweden but off the books renting a room and hope nobody notices I'm not home as regularly as a normal person would be isn't something I want to risk.
Could I build years of residence in both? Officially living in two places or must I pick one as my primary?- I assume the latter
How many nights of the year must I ensure I am in my official place in order to make it count?