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Working in Sweden

Working in Sweden can be a highly rewarding experience because it is one of the most beautiful countries on the planet. Sweden offers numerous work opportunities to its expatriate community, and while the high taxes may come as a shock to most people, the exceptional quality of life, outstanding healthcare and education systems more than make up for it.

Working in 21 professions in Sweden will require you to hold special licenses. These regulated professions mostly apply to healthcare professionals, lawyers, electrical contractors and public school teachers. The requirements to get the license include appropriate educational background as defined by Swedish laws and sufficient work experience.

Sweden’s greatest economic earnings come from privately owned firms, but it is the public sector that offers the greatest job opportunities. They offer jobs in education and healthcare. Automobile industry also offers job opportunities to the expatriate community, especially those with experience in developing greener vehicles. Other promising job sectors include financial services, information and communications technologies, tourism and the biotech sector.

For people interested in casual work, there are options. However, it has to be remembered for every person that gets a salary in Sweden, it becomes their duty to pay the tax on the income earned.

There is usually a demand for labour in places with tourist attractions. This could be in major cities or coastal areas. Jobs include positions in hotels, bars, restaurants, kitchen staff, housekeeping waitressing etc. Most such jobs are found by making inquires in person. Since wages for these jobs are low, local residents are hesitant to take them and employers are happy to engage foreign travellers. Farm work like crop picking and Au-Pairing are two other fields that usually hire foreigners.


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