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The parts of Sweden where unemployment is highest among young people are “…”

Friday, 24 February 2012
In 24 Swedish municipalities, youth unemployment is over 30 percent.   Bromölla in Scania (Skåne) has the highest proportion (34.5 percent) while the Danderyd and Lidingö in Stockholm have the lowest (4.3 percent).

Spanish nurses want to work in the Nordic countries as their economies fail to be competitive

Friday, 17 February 2012
 The weak economies of the Southern European countries' means that workers in the healthcare industry are looking for work in places such as Finland.

1.5 million Swedes with out unemployment insurance protection

Sunday, 05 February 2012
It is not very clear how it has come to this but more Swedish able bodied workers have decided not to join any form of unemployment insurance scheme. This is blamed on the exorbitant costs and bureaucracy the scheme has adopted in recent years.

 The demand for labour in Sweden is increases but will employer look at skills rather than race?
Monday, 05 December 2011

Reports recently our here show that there are few skilled people looking for work here, in Sweden that in some times in the past. But the question asked is if employers have looked properly into non Swedish looking people and encourage them to apply for positions.

Swedish unemployment continues to fall
Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Approximately 345,000 people, or 6.9 percent of the Swedish workforce, were unemployed in October.

Sweden implements tougher rules for foreign cleaners

Thursday, 17 November 2011
The Swedish migration board is determined to tighten rules for cleaning companies that want to hire people from outside the EU. This follows the general Swedish shift to tighten immigration as the economy weakens

Scandinavian Job Banks
Swedish jobs banks
National Employment Service (Arbertsförmedlingen)
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Another important link for Sweden’s job bank is EURES
Norway Job bank
EURES Norway
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Language barrier is a natural bulwark against Southern Europeans getting a job in Finland

Friday, 24 August 2012
Finnish people who are sensitive about immigrants coming to Finland and taking their jobs need not worry. There is a natural barrier - Finnish language.

Job market sensitisation from the Swedish employment agency

Friday, 24 August 2012
The Swedish employment service is carrying out sensitisation of unemployed person with background other than Swedish or European.

Fewer unemployed in Sweden but more on sick leave

Wednesday, 15 August 2012
The number of full-year persons receiving economic support or various forms of benefits in relation of joblessness in the form of social assistance or benefits in 2011 decreased by 7.3 percent compared to the year before.

Fears of growing jobs losses in Sweden in the coming months as economic growth persistently fail to translate to job growth

Saturday, 04 August 2012
As the Swedish economy continues to post higher than expected economic growth, it also shows a growing phenomenon of joblessness growth. There is fear that more people will loss their jobs in the coming months as notices for redundancy shoot up.

Norwegian unemployment rate 2.7 percent

Friday, 03 August 2012
Unemployment in Norway rose to 71 738 people in July, representing 2.7 percent of its workforce, according official data.

More Swedish people would prefer to take early retirement

Friday, 03 August 2012
Although the consensus in various policy places hold that it is important that people work longer these days, in Sweden, a record high percentage of the country's 61-year-olds want to hop out of the work place right now.

Danish unemployment just keeps rising but no panic yet

Tuesday, 31 July 2012
Danish economy is not as struggling as before but unemployment is rising as shown by June - May figures, according to seasonally adjusted official data.

How unemployed Swedes are taking away jobs from Norwegian youths

Thursday, 26 July 2012
"Immigrants come here and take our jobs," the Swedes always say most of the time when they see eastern Europeans. Now maybe is the time the Swedes go and take the jobs from other people, in their own countries.

Swedish Unemployment is rising – faster that anyone imagined

Friday, 06 July 2012
Where are the jobs Sweden? What is happening with the Nordic tiger economy where unemployment rate among the workforce jumped 4.4 percent in June, compared with 4.0 percent the previous month.

Earning gap between immigrants and Norwegians narrows signifying a more broad based and open job market

Friday, 06 July 2012
One major observation in Norway which might encourage Sweden to look into closer is its labour market. The gap between Norwegians and immigrants has narrowed, suggesting a pretty welcoming and broad based market.

How the Swedish Employment Services fail to assist the unemployed in their job search

Wednesday, 04 July 2012
The characteristic of the job market is made such that there is a sector of the population that can get all the help it needs to improve on their skills and get direction on how to get a job. One can say, this is the sector to the population that the market was design for. Yeah? Wrong.

Where are the jobs? – Sweden

Friday, 29 June 2012
Sweden has about 8.1 percent unemployment at this moment but the economy is crying out for mining engineers, programmers and surgical nurses. These are some of the sectors where there is a strong demand for skills, but on the flipside, sailors, photographers and stock brokers, for example have a bleak future in Swedish job market today.

More highly educated persons in Sweden gainfully employed to a greater extent

Thursday, 28 June 2012
There is a distinct relation between level of education and the proportion of the population that is gainfully employed in Sweden.

Finnish Unemployment remains steady

Tuesday, 26 June 2012
The Finnish unemployment rate in May was almost the same level as a year ago. A total of 266 000 people were without jobs in May, according to official figures from Finish Statistics Centre.

Egalitarian Sweden where Men earn on average 14 percent more than women

Wednesday, 20 June 2012
Sweden is know in the international arenas a country were social mobility is strong and where women have equality with men in most aspects. Yeah? Wrong

Up to 800 jobs to go at the Karolinska

Wednesday, 20 June 2012
Karolinska University Hospital (KS) in Solna and Huddinge are considering cutting its full time workforce by 700 – 800 people.

Swedish unemployment is growing more than expected in the wrong direction

Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Swedish Unemployment was 8.1 percent in May, not seasonally adjusted, according to data from Statistic Sweden’s Labour Force Survey (LFS). This growth of unemployment was going in the wrong direction.

Here are areas of dream jobs regions for Nordic business

Thursday, 14 June 2012
As the Europeans economies crumpled and job market toughens, connections strengthens, northern graduates have identified where they’ll love to work and whom they’ll dream to work for. See list

Slow in new job growth in Sweden as weariness continued to dog employers

Tuesday, 12 June 2012
The Swedish labour market will create 20.000 jobs this year and next year, a new job growth forecast from the Swedish employment service predicts.

Swedish unemployment reported at 7.8 percent

Tuesday, 29 May 2012
In the first quarter of this year there were 391 000 persons, 7.8 percent of the workforce unemployed, official data from Statistics Sweden show.

Swedish labour market remains stable at a high rate signally not cut in interest rates

Wednesday, 23 May 2012
The Swedish unemployment rate in April has been reported to have remained unchanged in seasonally adjusted terms.  On the whole, the stable job market situation in the Swedish labour market reduces the likelihood for a new interest rate cuts from the Swedish central bank, Riksbank.

50 employees will move from Volvo Construction Equipment

Wednesday, 23 May 2012
50 employees of Volvo Construction Equipment (CE), the manufacturer of construction equipment based in Arvika have been forced to leave.

Finnish unemployment rises

Tuesday, 22 May 2012
Finnish unemployment has been determined to have risen official figures from Statistics Finland and the Finish Ministry of Employment and the Economy show. On the whole the number of jobless was up in April over the same month of 2011.

Number of employees in Sweden increased 2.3 percent

Thursday, 17 May 2012
During the first quarter of 2012 the number of employed persons in Sweden amounted to 4 140 800, an increase of 2.3 percent, according to official data from statistic Swedish.

Swedish Unemployment falls but the future looks weak

Friday, 11 May 2012
The Swedish unemployment rate was 4.3 percent of the workforce in April, compared with 4.5 percent the previous month. This relates to people who are at work.

Bright future for Swedish small business but warning for shortages of key skills

Thursday, 03 May 2012
Small businesses in Sweden and especially in Stockholm harbour more hope about the future compared to the rest of the country. But an obstacle to growth may be the difficulty in finding suitable labour force.

Swedish unemployment fall but increased employment among women

Tuesday, 24 April 2012
In March 2012 the number of employed persons in Sweden in the age group 15-74 amounted to 4 643 000. Compared to the same period last year, this is an increase of 78 000, of whom 74 000 were women.

Agreement on cheap Danish labour cost to create 17,000 new jobs

Thursday, 19 April 2012
There is a prospect of job feast in the wake of the new agreements in which up to 600,000 private employees of Danish workers union voted to accept lower wage growth.

Swedish immigrants accounted as increasingly well-educated despite persistent repudiation for the job market

Wednesday, 18 April 2012
Education among people with immigrant background in Sweden continued to increase. It applies to immigrants from all parts of the world - apart from the EU countries, according to new data from statistic Sweden SCB.

Swedish unemployment continues to increase and the tiger becomes a cat

Tuesday, 17 April 2012
Already there are youths and immigrants –looking people who are already excluded from the jobs market according Swedish “natural selection.” Now the overall open unemployment in Sweden in March amounted to 211 000 persons, or equivalent to 4.5 percent of the workforce.

Bankrupt Saab workers start getting new jobs

Friday, 13 April 2012
More than 800 former employees of Saab in Trollhattan have been reportedly got a new job after the bankruptcy of the company. It is mostly those who worked within the management, engineers and technicians who are reported to have found new employers.

Sony to cut 10,000 jobs globally but not known how many would go in Sweden

Monday, 09 April 2012
Sony is reported to have been doing away with 10,000 posts, about 6 percent of its global work force, reports the Japanese newspaper Nikkei.

Many more permits issued to non EU citizens to work in Sweden

Sunday, 08 April 2012
During the first quarter of this year, the number work permits issues to foreigners to work in Sweden increased by 20 percent. Highly educated are said to be the ones recruited as never before by Swedish companies. However, there were declines in the industries that now have stricter rules.

New agreement provides wage increases for electrician

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

New agreement provides wage increases for electrician

Wednesday, 28 March 2012
20 000 electrician would received on Tuesday a new collective agreement. The agreement provides a wage increase of 2.6 percent with effect from April 1. 20 000 electrician would received on Tuesday a new collective agreement. The agreement provides a wage increase of 2.6 percent with effect from April 1.

There is high unemployment in Sweden but companies are not advertising their vacancies

Monday, 26 March 2012
Job seekers in Sweden are advanced to make informal contacts with companies for a better input. This is because more private companies in Sweden they do not report vacancies to the Employment Service.

80 jobs will disappear in Kalix
Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Graduates with Economics background quickly get jobs after graduation as unemployment in Sweden starts falling

Thursday, 15 March 2012
Nine out of ten graduates with economics and business background in Sweden today have jobs within the first six months even though the subject sector has been declared over -crowded.

Demands for higher start up wages in the Swedish health care has an effect

Monday, 12 March 2012
Nursing students' demands for higher starting salaries in Sweden is now spreading to more parts of the country. In Stockholm, the petition is most organized and the campaign makes it harder for the council to get together the summer schedule.

Norwegian labour market remains remain hot in a turbulent Europe

Monday, 12 March 2012
As other European countries struggling with high unemployment Norway expects that nearly 70,000 more people will get jobs in 2012 and 2013.

One third of all Bus and tram drivers in Sweden born outside the Nordic countries

Wednesday, 07 March 2012
Bakers and confectioners were the occupations with the highest percentage of persons born outside the EU27 and the Nordic countries in 2010 at 41 percent. Meanwhile, one in three bus and tram drivers was born outside the Nordic countries.

Saab automobile’s subsidiary, Saab Parts hires in Trollhättan

Tuesday, 06 March 2012
The subsidiary of Saab automobile which is now under the Swedish government control, Saab Automobile Parts AB has established itself in Trollhättan and employs about 50 people.

Working in Scandinavia - some general pictureScandinvian map

In the Scandinavia or the Nordic countries, lots of career opportunities exist but it is surprising that not many people are aware of. Denmark is the only Nordic economy at the moment, where its economy is not going well but Sweden and Norway lead the way and the followed by Finland with booming economies. As such there are lots of jobs and career opportunities created here and there. This is why we have decided to unlock some of these potentials and expose them for your exploitation.
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Sweden's Regulated professions.

healthcareProfessions in Sweden that regulated can be found following the link below. A regulated profession is a job that requires authorization or certifications. If your profession is on the regulated professions list, it is advisable to contact the authority responsible in order to learn how to proceed in seeking work in that sector. Click here to learn more

Evaluation of Foreign Secondary Qualifications in Sweden

Last updated: 11-09-2009
If you have studied in another country and wants to work in Sweden,  and you hold secondary and high school academic qualification, in Sweden, these qualifications can be evaluated and pegged to the Swedish system so that of you need more top up you can be provided advice.

VHS is the organisation that can provide such assistance – in the evaluation of foreign upper-secondary qualifications – the service is offered free of charge – get details here for that and related information.

Living and working in Sweden

Sweden is the third largest country in the European Union but has a population of only about 9.4 million. Therefore, Sweden is far less densely populated than many other European countries. The capital, Stockholm, is the largest city with a population of 2 million. Gothenburg and Malmö are two other major metropolitan centres. Continue reading (pdf and external link)