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1 Living and Working IN SWEDEN

2 Sweden is the third largest country in EU 9.6 million inhabitants, only 21 people/km2 85% live in the south Currency: Svenska kronor (Swedish Crown) SEK 100 = EUR 11.38 EU-member state since 1995 Facts about Sweden

3 Our dear neighbours!

4 450.000 km2 Stockholm Malmö Göteborg 1574 km Kiruna Umeå




8 Famous Swedes - Alfred Nobel - Nobel prize - Zlatan Ibrahimovic – football - Astrid Lindgren – Pippi books - Stieg Larsson – Millenium books - Ingmar Bergman – film director - Alexander Skarsgård – True Blood - ABBA, Swedish House Mafia - IKEA, H&M - VOLVO

9 Most jobs require good level of Swedish In some highly skilled jobs you can get by using English only. (Still expected that you learn Swedish) Few jobs for low skilled workers with no Swedish. Language skills

10 Unemployment rate General 7.5 % Labour Market Statistics

11 Engineering and IT shortages - Power Systems Engineers - Electrical Engineers - Automation Engineers - Mechanical Engineers - Software Developer - System Developer - IT Architects - Software Test Engineer - Mining and Metallurgy Engineers - HVAC Engineers - Civil Engineers

12 Other shortages Physicians Surgical Nurses Nurses, psychiatric care Nurses in emergency care Geriatric Nurses Chefs Preschool teachers Car Mechanics, heavy vehicles

13 Full time, 40 hours per week 25 days vacation per year No national minimum wage Collective agreements between trade unions and employers Working in Sweden

14 Engineers working in Sweden Median monthly salaries, gross Bachelor of Science in Engineering Starting: 26,000 SEK 10 years experience: 37,200 SEK Master of Science in Engineering Starting salary: 28,500 SEK 10 years experience:42,600 SEK Figures from:

15 Working in Sweden All EU/EEA or Swiss citizens have the right to work in Sweden After 3 months – register with the Swedish Migration Board Citizens of a non-EU country - need a work permit

16 Regulated professions – NARIC Universitets- och Högskolerådet The Swedish Higher Education Authority Recognition of foreign diplomas

17 Public Employment Services Many links to other major job websites EURES Swedish newspapers Jobs in English Finding a job

18 Applying via web site, online or e-mail Applications should be typewritten in Swedish or English. An application consists of: Cover letter (1 page) CV (1-2 pages) Applying for a job in Sweden

19 Cover Letter Should be a ”bridge” that shows employer how your CV meets his or her vacancy ad’s requirements Don’t repeat information that’s in your CV - explain what you’ve learned, what you can offer them, give an example showing how you work or deal with customers

20 The first paragraph of your letter should include information on why you are writing. Mention the position you are applying for and where you found the job listing. Include the name of a mutual contact, if you have one. Middle Paragraph(s); The next section should describe what you have to offer the employer. Mention specifically how your qualifications match the job you are applying for. Remember, you are interpreting your resume, not repeating it. Conclude your cover letter by thanking the employer for considering you for the position. Include information on how you will follow-up. Cover Letter

21 should contain information on: why the company interests you; why your skills and experience would be an asset to the company; also provide information on how you can be contacted if the company is interested in following up with you. Letters of Interest - also known as prospecting letters

22 CV Simple, attractive layout — think about how it looks! You can start with either your education or work experience Reverse time order — the latest is first We write dates: 14-02-13 Don ’ t go back too far in time (except certain education) Skip short courses, apprenticeships if they ’ re not relevant

23 After sending the application… Positive with telephone contact (if given in ad) Have some intelligent questions ;-) An extra chance to market yourself and stand out!

24 Job interview Be on time!!! Dress accordingly? Be prepared 3 most common interview questions: - Please tell us a little bit about yourself. -Tell us about your strengths and limitations. -Where do you see yourself in five years?

25 Flat organisations Team work and consensus ”Du” – first name basis – informality! Gender equality Strong trade unions Swedish work place culture

26 Municipal tax between 29-35 %, depending on where you live Most people pay only municipal tax State tax is paid on taxable incomes above 413,200 SEK – 20% above 591,600 SEK – 25 % (2013) Income Tax

27 Social Insurance Sickness Parental leave Dental care Pensions

28 Is not a part of the Social Insurance scheme Basic insurance: No membership requirement, max 320 SEK/day Voluntary insurance: For members of an unemployment insurance fund, max 680 SEK/day 300 days, 5 days per week. Tax will be deducted. Unemployment insurance

29 Rent an apartment or house (cooker, fridge and freezer included) 1 bedroom apartment, average rent 4,595 SEK/month, 68 m 2 (heating included) Buy into a housing co-op Buy a house Accommodation costs vary greatly Housing

30 Coffee and coffee breaks Tend to avoid conflict Shoes off indoors (in people’s homes) Light summer nights and dark winters Sweden and Swedes

31 Tack! Thank you! EURES Sweden

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