labour laws

Employment help for Newbies

Employment services

The national employment service – Arbetsförmedlingen has several initiatives specifically for Newbies. Some are open for all Newbies while other initiatives are limited to Newbies in a certain life situation. Remember that you are entitled to all services that Arbetsförmedlingen provides (not just the Newbie stuff), so make sure to check out their other services too. Access to an interpreter (for all Newbies) Validation of […]

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Job seeking tools

Job seeking tools/ أدوات التوظيف

The Public Employment Service – the so called Arbetsförmedlingen is an important authority in the Swedish welfare system, but they have lately struggled with their tasks and goals. You may hear some unflattering stories about them and some of them may be true, but nonetheless – there are plenty of reasons for you to sign up with Arbetsförmedlingen anyway. Arbetsförmedlingen’s main tasks matching jobseekers […]

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There is no good way to loose your employment. But there are better and worse ways. The better way is called uppsägning, the worse way is called avskedad. The Good Way If you are uppsagd you will receive full salary during your whole notice period – uppsägningstid and you will also have accesses to all other work benefits that […]

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Swedish work law

Work laws in Sweden are quite evolved and as a worker, you have many rights but there is a lot to keep in mind in order to get a good job situation. Minimum Wage Unlike most countries in the EU, Sweden doesn’t have minimum wage.  Wages are regulated by agreements – kollektivavtal – between employers and the […]

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Find a job

Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start looking for work. Here are some tips to get you started. Register at the Employment office – Arbetsförmedlingen. This you must do at one of their offices. Look for jobs at Arbetsförmedlingen. (This section is in Swedish so you may need help from a friend). Read up about being new […]

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Overtime & public holidays

public holidays/ العمل الإضافي والعطلات الرسمية

Swedes have more days off in May and June (on a good year) than most Americans have in a whole year. Nice, right? But what do all these bizarre names like Röd dag, Klämdag, Halvdag, and Mellandagar actually mean? What is regular work time and what is qualified as overtime? On which day does Midsommar fall? And what hides behind the term Kompledigt?  This Newbie Holiday Guide clears the […]

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Checklist for signing a contract

Employment agreement/قائمة مرجعية لتوقيع العقد

When you receive your first job offer there are some things to think of before you start working. 1. Make sure you have a contract A verbal job offer is legally binding but it is hard to prove what has been promised without written proof. It is, therefore important to get a written contract as soon as possible. You […]

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Employment types

أنماط التوظيف

There are three types of employment in Sweden: tillsvidareanställning, tidsbegränsad anställning and provanställning.  It is important to know what kind of employment you have or are being offered, as regulations varies between them. Your employment contract should clearly state what kind of employment you have. 1. Tillsvidareanställning (employment until further notice) Tillsvidareanställning (colloquially called fast anställning) is a coveted employment form. This […]

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