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Work in Sweden

Sweden is a country that appeals to many people. If you want to work and live in Sweden, it's useful to be well prepared. Here you'll find everything you need to know if you want to work in Sweden .

Work temporarily or permanently in Sweden

If you want to work in Sweden you need a personal number for Swedish taxes. You'll then be automatically registered with Försäkringskassan, the Swedish health insurance fund. You don't have to follow an integration course in Sweden. It's highly recommended to learn the language! For most jobs, a good knowledge of the Swedish language is required.

Finding work in Sweden isn't that easy in every sector. Fortunately, the Swedish government is helping you. Together with the Swedish Migration Agency, the government makes a list of jobs that are in high demand in Sweden. This is called the labor shortage list and it's updated very regularly.

Work culture in Sweden

Working in Sweden means that there is little hierarchy in business. Swedish managers are generally very accessible. You can always go to them with your proposals and questions. In Sweden they are always looking for compromises. They therefore take plenty of time to make decisions. Many people within the organization are involved in important decisions

Swedes often make it a habit to work at home. They also like to take long vacations, sometimes answering mail and telephone. A standard working day in Sweden is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break. Of course this can vary slightly per sector. Nowadays there are also experiments in Sweden with shorter working days of six hours a day.

Major sectors in Sweden

The last unemployment rate measured in Sweden was 6.3 percent. What are the options on the Swedish labor market for expats? According to the Swedish government's list, you can find the easiest job in the following sectors:

  • Business world: Accountancy and marketing in particular are sought-after jobs
  • Construction: metalworkers, painters, contractors and masons
  • Education
  • Architecture
  • Food sector: chefs, waiters, butchers and bakers
  • Healthcare: dentists, doctors, pharmacists, psychologists and nurses
  • IT industry: software developers, IT architects
  • Train drivers

There are also a few professions for which there is very little demand. If you want to work in one of the following sectors, you'll have a hard time in Sweden:

  • Photographer
  • Journalist
  • Administrative assistant
  • Seller
  • Truck driver

These jobs are therefore largely occupied in Sweden. If you still want to practice one of these professions, you must ensure that you are sure of a job before moving to Sweden .

Vacancies in Sweden

If you want to work in Sweden you must know where to find vacancies. Looking for work is often done through Arbetsförmedlingen, the Swedish employment agency. Temporary employment agencies aren't that popular, but there are still branches of large temporary employment agencies present. There are also many vacancies on the job sites of Monster and Stepstone. An open application to a company is also not unusual. Make sure your cover letter is short and clear. The CV must also be clear and include relevant training and work experience. What you have to keep in mind is that people in Sweden attach great importance to your education and work experience. Ensure that you can identify relevant training and experiences and possibly prove them. And if you prefer not to apply openly: there are also many vacancies in the newspapers, such as Dagens Nyheter and Svenska Dagbladet.

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