1: Three steps from you to Sweden
In Sweden, it’s easier than in most other countries for you to join the workforce, no matter what your citizenship. Forget tons of paperwork and harsh work permit quotas: if you have a job offer meeting basic union-approved requirements, you can receive a work permit.
Step two: apply for a work permit. The process is pain-free and straightforward. Non-EU citizens will apply from abroad, while citizens of EU/EEA countries can move straight to Sweden and register with the authorities after starting work.
Step three? Move to Sweden! We have your complete guide to all the practicalities.
2: Be inspired in an innovative hotspot
Swedish industry leads the world in innovation: companies in fields from IT to energy are at the cutting edge of sustainable development and technological advancement. Swedish companies like IKEA, Ericsson and Skype are now household names that have fundamentally changed their fields – and continue to innovate today. International rankings like the Innovation Capacity Index, the Innovation Union Scoreboard, the Global Innovation Index and the Global Creativity Index confirm Sweden’s leadership position in the field.
A career in Sweden means being a part of this spirit of innovation. Society and companies place a high cultural value on innovation, and you’ll not only be exposed to the latest developments in your field – you could be creating them.
3: Live a good life – with your family beside you
Life is good in Sweden. In addition to a career where you’re encouraged to develop as an individual, comprehensive social benefits mean you don’t have to worry about the cost of healthcare, childcare or your children’s education. State subsidies make these and other aspects of life affordable, and many benefits are free of charge. Eighteen months of paid parental leave are offered per child, with job security when you return to work, and sick leave benefit means that you can focus on your health when you need to.
These family-focused policies extend to migration regulations; when you apply for a work permit, you can also apply for residence permits for your spouse (including common-law and registered partners) and children under 21. Your family members can start to work or study right away when you get to Sweden.
4: Rights and unions
Workers’ rights are one of the cornerstones of the modern Swedish labour market. Labour unions are powerful, and collective bargaining has meant the development of a working environment where employees’ health and safety comes first. In addition to union support, a government agency, the Swedish Work Environment Authority, exists solely to ensure employees’ well-being at work. Equality and anti-discrimination legislation mean that everyone has the right to be treated equally regardless of gender, age, ethnicity or any other factor.
Learn more about workers’ rights in Sweden.