Sunday, 26 October 2008

Do you want to work in Sweden?

Sweden is the third largest country in western Europe. Half of the country is covered in forests, with some 100,000 lakes. The population is 9 million, 85% living in the south and 1.9 million in Stockholm, the capital. In recent decades, a high level of immigration, primarily refugees from various parts of the world, has transformed Sweden into a multi-cultural society. A member of the European Union since 1995, Sweden is a party to the Schengen agreement.

Vibrant cultural life

Sweden enjoys a rich cultural life, with proud traditions in literature, architecture, dance, fashion and design. There is a well-developed infrastructure, with museums, libraries, theatres and cinemas throughout the country. Stockholm boasts a number of world-famous cultural institutions, such as the Royal Opera House, Dramaten (the Royal Dramatic Theatre), the National Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Modern Art. Swedish artists, entertainers and pop musicians are well known for their creativity, even on the international scene.

Exciting recreational opportunities

Sweden offers a broad range of outdoor activities such as fishing, forest walks, hiking in the mountains and sailing. You are always close to nature, with endless opportunities for firsthand experience. Popular sports include football, ice hockey, bandy and orienteering, and interest in physical exercise has never been greater. Swedes like to get together on major holidays and celebrate special days in the calendar such as Walpurgis Night, Midsummer, Lucia and Christmas.

Working climate

Most Swedish workplaces are known for their commitment to openness, equal opportunity and democratic values. Companies and institutions are often ’flat’ organizations with few interim levels of management, and employees are expected to participate in decisions and demonstrate initiative as part of a team. Managers work closely with their employees. In day-to-day working life, people tend to use first names when talking to customers, bosses or colleagues. Swedish workplaces encourage mutual respect and a positive work environment. Flexible working hours and effective childcare enable parents to combine work and family. Trade unions have considerable influence on Swedish working conditions and almost 80% of the labour force is unionised.
The imminent retirement boom is likely to give rise to labour shor­tages in many areas and could threaten future growth. Numer­ous measures are implemented to counteract this threat. More information about the swedish labour market can be found at and Reference [1]

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