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With the given circumstances please give me your opinions, thoughts, answers, anything!

-18 years old

Online business earning at least 48,000 $ yearly

-I'm neither a European citizen nor a U.S Citizen

Do not worry about whether my business works or not disregard that part from any of your replies please.

My only goal is:

Travel to Europe for a few years at the specified situation above and become a swedish or italian resident a few years to come, ultimately making me a citizen from either one.

Anyway, I've looked around Google for some time now and I've found quite a few helpful sources including this site, Nomadicmatt, tripadvisor and a few others. I don't think I fully understand the Schengen laws enough to just go out there and start traveling.

Getting straight to the point, my questions are:

How do I stay In Europe for the time being while I work in getting a residence from both the europe locations?

From my understanding, NomadicMatt (nomadicmatt.com/travel-blogs/…) states that you can stay in Europe as long as you want, as long as you don't break the schengen "rules". Meaning I travel and stay say in Germany which is a strict Schengen European country for 90 days, then I leave the country and go to a non-Schengen location such as ukraine until the 90 days are over and come back. Or like NomadicMatt stated: "Just vary your location. I spent 3 months in Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, and England as I waited for my clock to reset then headed back into Germany for Oktoberfest."

Could I use this method as well, rinse and repeat style? Is it safe, meaning will I be able to do this as long as I want without any problems at all?

Do I need a Visa(s)?

I know this is a very broad question but again from my understanding and reading I need a "schengen visa"?

Is this true for the intended purpose or would I need to get more and such? Also I If anyone knows how visas work in Europe please let me know!

Is it completely fine to travel while still having a online business with no "work permit" issues?

My business is going to be completely online, so I believe I am going to be fine I'll be self-employed working with virtual assistants. I'm not completely sure about this even though it may sound obvious it doesn't hurt to double check and ask so I'd like to know.

Exactly how do the Schengen Laws work?

This site seems to be the most trusted since its from the government. From the given information on the site, It sounds to me that I can travel and stay in the specified locations of Europe for 90 days and then I have to leave and then stay out of the Schengen zones for 90 days until I can come back again. Also, it states that I just need a visa if it is just to travel. If this is wrong in any way or I'm missing something that could be vital to know please let me know.

Do I need residence permits or any other types of permits to rent an apartment in any location in Europe?

I can't seem to find anything relating this question so I really want to know. Will I be able to rent an apartment without a residence permit, or will I have to stay in hotels? Or is there other ways? Since I don't have any relatives, friends or acquaintances in Europe anywhere this is my only option.

How do I go by Obtaining Residence In Sweden or Italy?

I know obtaining residency overall is very difficult but please give me your honest opinion on this matter and let me know what I could do.

I know there is only a few ways to obtain it including the following:

Marriage

Work

Investing

My best bet is probably Investing since I don't have a degree in anything nor am I "qualified" to teach anything and I don't have a partner in either of those locations.

From what I have found on a couple sites and some people is that Investing in companys residing in either of the countries may possibly allow me to ask for residency and obtain it. Partnering with companys and buying shares of stocks all fall into that category as well so If you know anything about obtaining residency this way please let me know.

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