Christofer Gasslander & Gloria Cunha Byström
EURES Advisers
Sweden
eures@arbetsformedlingen.se
Living and working in Sweden
• EURopean Employment Services
• A network of Public Employment Services and partners in the
EU/EEA and Switzerland,
• Obj...
• Sweden is the third largest country in EU 25 and has
96 000 km coastline.
• 9.3 million inhabitants, 85% live in the sou...
KirunaKiruna
450.000
km2
450.000
km2
21 counties
290 municipalities
Ystad
Stockholm
Malmö
Göteborg
1574 km
20 inhabitants ...
Citizens Residence
right
Residence
card
Residence
permit
Work
permit
Nordic - - - -
EU/EEA* X
Family
members
X (X)
Swiss X...
• In Sweden we speak Swedish
• The Scandinavian languages are similar
– Swedish, Norwegian and Danish
• English skills are...
• 72,8 % of men and 66,4 % of women aged 15-74 are in
employment. Good child care facilities make this possible.
• Unemplo...
Labour market shortages
and surpluses
• Shortages: Specialists in health care, Pre-school teachers,
Teachers in vocational...
• Temporary or Permanent contracts
• 6 months probationary employment
• Full time, 40 hours per week
• 25 days vacation pe...
• Public Employment Services
Platsbanken and
Söka jobb / Länkar www.arbetsformedlingen.se
• EURES www.eures.europa.eu
• Sw...
Open application
www.gulasidorna.se
www.foretagsfakta.se
CV database
• www.arbetsformedlingen.se (Swedish)
• www.eures.eur...
• E-mail is frequently used and accepted.
• Applications should be typewritten in Swedish or English.
• Generally you do n...
Regulated professions – NARIC
The Swedish National
Agency for Higher Education www.hsv.se
Health care professions www.soci...
Service through:
- Internet www.arbetsformedlingen.se (24 hour service)
- by telephone via Customer Service Centres (7 day...
• Council Tax between 26-34 %, average 31 %.
• State Tax + 20% of the income over 367 600 SEK
+ 25% of the income over 526...
• Are not a part of the Social Benefits scheme.
• Consist of two parts:
1. Basic insurance (Alfakassan): For all workers a...
Patient fee 100 – 300 SEK
Children (< age 12) free
Hospital fee (> age 20) max. 80 SEK/day
Medicine (prescriptions) max. 1...
Parental benefit:
390 days with 80 % of income (max. 910 SEK/day)
+ 90 days with 180 SEK/day to be shared equally between
...
• 1 child 1 050 SEK/month
• 2 children 2 200 SEK/month
• 3 children 3 604 SEK/month
• 4 children 5 514 SEK/month
Municipal...
www.skolverket.se
Pre-school
Age 1-5, volontary
Pre-school class
Age 6, 1 year
Compulsory school
Age 7-16, 9 years
Upper s...
• Rent an apartment or house
1 bedroom apartment, average rent 4,595 SEK/month,
68 m2
• “Buy” an apartment
• Buy a house
A...
Sweden Holland France Germany Norway
1 kg butter 4,72 5,09 6,60 5,13 7,37
1 l milk 0,77 0,79 1,03 0,95 1,49
1 kg cheese 8,...
• “Flat” organisations
• Team work
• You must be able to take initiatives and adapt to new
situations.
• ”Du” – first name...
• Fresh air, clean water, untouched wilderness, open
space – “Right of Public Access”
• Personnummer! 650604-6435
• “Fikap...
• Tend to avoid conflicts…
• Sweden “closes” for the summer
• Between April – September Swedes become sun
worshippers
• In...
Brochure: Do you want to work in Sweden?
www.arbetsformedlingen.se under Other languages
Christofer Gasslander & Gloria Cu...
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Living and Working in Sweden in 2010, presented by EURES

  1. 1. Christofer Gasslander & Gloria Cunha Byström EURES Advisers Sweden eures@arbetsformedlingen.se Living and working in Sweden
  2. 2. • EURopean Employment Services • A network of Public Employment Services and partners in the EU/EEA and Switzerland, • Objective: working to increase and facilitate international mobility. EURES provides service to jobseekers and employers. • More than 750 EURES advisers in Europe, 50 in Sweden. • http://eures.europa.eu What is EURES?
  3. 3. • Sweden is the third largest country in EU 25 and has 96 000 km coastline. • 9.3 million inhabitants, 85% live in the southern parts. • Sweden has been a member of EU since 1995. • Currency: Swedish Crown (SEK) 10.50 SEK = 1 € (Feb 2010) www.sweden.se Facts about Sweden
  4. 4. KirunaKiruna 450.000 km2 450.000 km2 21 counties 290 municipalities Ystad Stockholm Malmö Göteborg 1574 km 20 inhabitants / km2 Kiruna Umeå
  5. 5. Citizens Residence right Residence card Residence permit Work permit Nordic - - - - EU/EEA* X Family members X (X) Swiss X Non-EU, long- term resident X Non-EU X * workers, self-employed, students, ”sufficient funds” Right to work in Sweden
  6. 6. • In Sweden we speak Swedish • The Scandinavian languages are similar – Swedish, Norwegian and Danish • English skills are important in many professions • Language skills in labour shortages and surpluses Language skills
  7. 7. • 72,8 % of men and 66,4 % of women aged 15-74 are in employment. Good child care facilities make this possible. • Unemployment rate 8,2 % Labour Market Statistics December 2009
  8. 8. Labour market shortages and surpluses • Shortages: Specialists in health care, Pre-school teachers, Teachers in vocational subjects, Engineers Electrical Power, Sheet-metal workers in building and construction • Surpluses: Day-care workers, receptionists, nursing assistants, resource persons for students with special needs, biologists, janitors, warehousemen, shop assistants, preparatory cooks and restaurant cashiers
  9. 9. • Temporary or Permanent contracts • 6 months probationary employment • Full time, 40 hours per week • 25 days vacation per year (right to take 4 consecutive weeks holiday in the summer) • Average wage: SEK 29,400 (men) SEK 24,700 (women) • No national minimum wage. Collective agreements in most occupations ensure fair wages. Working in Sweden
  10. 10. • Public Employment Services Platsbanken and Söka jobb / Länkar www.arbetsformedlingen.se • EURES www.eures.europa.eu • Swedish newspapers www.onlinenewspapers.com/sweden.htm • Adecco www.adecco.se • Lernia www.lernia.se • Manpower www.manpower.se • Proffice www.proffice.se • Company websites Find a job
  11. 11. Open application www.gulasidorna.se www.foretagsfakta.se CV database • www.arbetsformedlingen.se (Swedish) • www.eures.europa.eu Other ways to a job
  12. 12. • E-mail is frequently used and accepted. • Applications should be typewritten in Swedish or English. • Generally you do not enclose a photo. • An application consists of: - personal letter (no more than 1 page, often less) - your CV (1-2 pages) - References (can also be given at the interview) • You may be asked to present evidence of professional qualifications and diplomas later on. • Recognition of foreign diplomas Apply for a job in Sweden
  13. 13. Regulated professions – NARIC The Swedish National Agency for Higher Education www.hsv.se Health care professions www.socialstyrelsen.se NRP (Vocational education and training) www.senrp.se Recognition of foreign diplomas
  14. 14. Service through: - Internet www.arbetsformedlingen.se (24 hour service) - by telephone via Customer Service Centres (7 day service) +46 (0) 771-416 416 - The Public Employment Office – “Arbetsförmedlingen” (over 300 offices) Public Employment Services When you are a resident in Sweden
  15. 15. • Council Tax between 26-34 %, average 31 %. • State Tax + 20% of the income over 367 600 SEK + 25% of the income over 526 200 SEK (per annum) Example: 20 000 SEK net income of 15 471 SEK 30 000 SEK net income of 22 458 SEK (per month) Tax deductions includes social insurance and pension fees, but not unemployment benefits. www.skatteverket.se Taxes
  16. 16. • Are not a part of the Social Benefits scheme. • Consist of two parts: 1. Basic insurance (Alfakassan): For all workers after a qualifying period: No membership requirement, max 320 SEK/day 2. Voluntary insurance: For members of an Unemployment Insurance Fund. After the qualification period, 80% of earlier income, max 680 SEK/day • 300 days, 5 days per week. Tax will be deducted. www.iaf.se Unemployment benefits
  17. 17. Patient fee 100 – 300 SEK Children (< age 12) free Hospital fee (> age 20) max. 80 SEK/day Medicine (prescriptions) max. 1 800 SEK/year Sick pay/sickness benefit 80 % of the income* 21 – 682 SEK/day First day = no pay *income < 321 000 SEK/year Health care and sickness benefits
  18. 18. Parental benefit: 390 days with 80 % of income (max. 910 SEK/day) + 90 days with 180 SEK/day to be shared equally between both parents (apart from 60 days) + 10 days to the father of new-born baby Temporary parental benefit: 60 days per child and year Family benefits
  19. 19. • 1 child 1 050 SEK/month • 2 children 2 200 SEK/month • 3 children 3 604 SEK/month • 4 children 5 514 SEK/month Municipalities are obliged to provide childcare to children aged 1 -12 years. “Maxtaxa” Child allowance and child care
  20. 20. www.skolverket.se Pre-school Age 1-5, volontary Pre-school class Age 6, 1 year Compulsory school Age 7-16, 9 years Upper secondary school Age 16-20, 3 years Universities and university colleges Age 18- Advanced vocational education (KY) Age 18-Educational system
  21. 21. • Rent an apartment or house 1 bedroom apartment, average rent 4,595 SEK/month, 68 m2 • “Buy” an apartment • Buy a house Accommodation costs vary greatly Accommodation
  22. 22. Sweden Holland France Germany Norway 1 kg butter 4,72 5,09 6,60 5,13 7,37 1 l milk 0,77 0,79 1,03 0,95 1,49 1 kg cheese 8,27 8,40 12,23 9,85 10,82 1 kg chicken 3,22 4,27 3,58 4,96 7,65 1 kg roast beef 13,87 17,80 16,71 29,74 22,13 1 kg bread 2,35 1,48 4,36 1,78 3,05 1 kg potatoes 1,32 0,66 1,29 0,99 1,11 1 kg apples 2,47 1,38 2,38 2,48 3,08 1 kg coffee 5,15 5,53 6,27 8,53 9,35 Food costs (€)
  23. 23. • “Flat” organisations • Team work • You must be able to take initiatives and adapt to new situations. • ”Du” – first name basis – informality! • Gender equality • Strong Trade unions A typical Swedish work place
  24. 24. • Fresh air, clean water, untouched wilderness, open space – “Right of Public Access” • Personnummer! 650604-6435 • “Fikapaus” • Shoes off indoors • “Systembolaget” Sweden and Swedes
  25. 25. • Tend to avoid conflicts… • Sweden “closes” for the summer • Between April – September Swedes become sun worshippers • Internet – VERY important in the Swedish society Sweden and Swedes
  26. 26. Brochure: Do you want to work in Sweden? www.arbetsformedlingen.se under Other languages Christofer Gasslander & Gloria Cunha Byström eures@arbetsformedlingen.se Thank you for your attention!

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