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5 reasons to work in Sweden

Sweden takes innovation seriously – and is always striving to stay ahead of international competition. Here are some of the reasons why you might want to work in Sweden.

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5 reasons to work in Sweden

Sweden takes innovation seriously – and is always striving to stay ahead of international competition. Here are some of the reasons why you might want to work in Sweden.

1. Innovation is highly valued

Sweden encourages innovation. Companies in fields from ICT to energy are at the cutting edge of sustainable development and technological advancement. Swedish companies like IKEA, Ericsson and Spotify have fundamentally changed their fields – and continue to do so. International rankings like the Global Innovation Index confirm that Sweden is an innovation leader. If you work in Sweden, you could be a part of taking your field to the next level.

Read more about innovation in Sweden.

2. Globalisation as a driving force

With its small domestic market, export is vital to Sweden. The ambition to stay ahead of global competition makes for a dynamic business environment, where international talent is in high demand. And successful startups such as gaming developer King and financial technology, or fintech, service Klarna, show the way for others. The global outlook also means that it’s normally okay to speak English (knowing Swedish is a great benefit, though).

3. Consensus for the win

Central wage bargaining is one of the cornerstones of the modern Swedish labour market. Trade unions and employers have a long tradition of negotiating with each other, aiming for long-term stability. Collective bargaining based on collaboration and consensus has meant the development of a predominantly peaceful relationship between employers and employees. Fewer conflicts mean more focus on innovation and development.

4. Equality is key

Sweden’s anti-discrimination legislation ensures that everyone has the right to be treated equally regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation or functional disabilities.

Read more about equality in Sweden.

5. Sustainable business leads the way

Sustainability is a competitive advantage. Many Swedish companies actively promote a sustainable approach to business in their strategies and daily management. This is about much more than the environment. Yes, sustainable business includes efforts to reduce emissions, but also taking measures to safeguard human rights, promoting equal career opportunities and fighting corruption, among others. These are core features in Swedish business – both public and private.

Last updated: 3 May 2021

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