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02 Jul 2010

Useful links – Sweden

1 Comment Get a job (Sweden), Learn Swedish, Move to Sweden

Last updated 2011-04-07

This used to be in Anna’s old blog but we decided to move it here to make it easier. We’ll continuously update this page with useful links so keep your eyes open for updates. A lot of the information is available both in Swedish and in English but we’ll provide you with links to the English pages (unless stated differently). Read more

29 Jun 2010

How can an Aussie get a job in Sweden?

No Comments Get a job (Sweden), Move to Sweden

We’re in the middle of planning and arranging Simon’s trip over to Sweden and our goal is for him to be here in beginning/mid August. The next step is of course for Simon to try to get a job which seems a bit tricky since he still knows very little Swedish. Read more

15 Jun 2010

Benefits of working in Sweden

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In Sweden, having a job means being offered a range of benefits, from paid parental and sick leave to employment-based pension and optional unemployment insurance, all based on your salary. I’m not sure exactly how it works in Australia but I’ll try to explain how it works in Sweden with the help of information from

If you are sick

the Swedish system gives you the time and compensation needed to recover. Sick leave pay in Sweden typically amounts to 80 percent of your salary. Your first sick day is the waiting period (karensdag), which means that you do not receive any payment for this day. Your employer will pay for your sick leave for 13 days, following the waiting period. If you are on sick leave for more than seven days, you must also have a doctor’s certificate explaining why you are unable to work.

Parental leave

is a central part of Swedish family life, making it possible to have children while continuing your career. Parental leave allows parents to stay home with their children while keeping their job. Parents are entitled to 480 days of paid leave per child, with both mothers and fathers entitled and encouraged to share the leave. The leave can be taken at any time until the child reaches the age of seven.

Parental benefits are paid out by the state, through Försäkringskassan (the Swedish Social Insurance Administration), and it comes with some restrictions of course. In line with the Swedish state’s strict policy of promoting sexual equality, mothers and fathers are expected to share the 480 days equally. It is possible for one parent to take up to 420 days of the total leave, but the remaining 60 days are then reserved for the other parent. The only exception to this rule is for single parents with sole custody. In these cases, the parent can take all 480 days leave. Fathers are also entitled to 10 extra paid days of leave when the child is born. In addition to the paid leave of 480 days per couple per child, you are entitled to reduce your working time by 25 percent. This, however, is not compensated for by the state.

Most people are entitled to 80 percent of their salary. This applies for the first 390 days per child, for people who have been working legally in Sweden for over 240 days. If you have not been earning money in Sweden prior to your child’s birth, you are still entitled to parental benefits, paid at the basic level of 180 kronor per day. As you can tell it’s rather complicated and I’ll not go deeper into this here and now.

Unemployment pay

You can be entitled to unemployment pay if you while working, pay into an unemployment insurance program (arbetslöshetskassa or a-kassa). This will guarantee unemployment benefits, should you lose your job. These insurance programs are administered by the trade unions but require a separate membership initiated by the employee. Your fees and benefits will depend on your field of work and on the insurance program you choose.

Income pension

Throughout our working life, all employees in Sweden earn income pension. In addition, many employers make extra monthly payments to a so-called occupational pension. The Swedish pension system is often pictured as a pyramid, with your basic income pension forming the base of the pyramid, your employer contributions in the middle and any personal pension savings plans you choose at the top. You can also choose when you would like to retire, with some people retiring as early as 55 years of age. But income pension and premium pension can only be drawn from the age of 65.

Five weeks paid vacation

In addition to all of the above all employees also are entitled to a minimum of five weeks of paid vacation per year.