Sweden at a Glance
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Sweden's labor shortage list might help you look for employment.
The Job Search
EURES is the job database run by the EU Public Employment Service. It is also a valuable source that you should not hesitate to use during your job search.
Another way to find work in Sweden is by referring to Sweden’s labor shortage list, which is published twice a year. The list predicts Sweden’s future labor needs in relation to expected graduates and retirements. If your profession is on this list, it will increase your chances significantly. It also means that you are free to apply for a work- and residence permit from within Sweden.
Income taxes are automatically deducted from your salary, and every person, including your spouse, is taxed individually. You may already know that Swedish taxes are relatively high. However, they eventually pay off. Sweden uses tax money to finance the healthcare and education systems as well as public transportation. This allows residents access to free public day schools, free or at least rather affordable healthcare and other amenities.
Key foreign personnel have the opportunity to opt for a 25% tax break. 75% of your salary will then be taxed according to Swedish law while the remaining 25% are tax-free for the first three years. You are recognized as a key foreign employee if you hold a vital position within your company, if you are an expert, engineer or scientist or are able to offer unique expertise in your field.
Sweden’s business environment is rather informal and casual. Those of you who prefer to wear jeans to work instead of fancy suits will feel right at home. Flexible work hours and open, lively discussions during business meetings are common as well. Although Sweden’s business culture seems quite relaxed, its labor force is one of the most productive in the world.
In Sweden, it is considered important to have a healthy balance between your work and your private life. You should still try to remain humble, have respect for your co-workers and be punctual. Team work and individual responsibility are extremely important.