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Sweden Information

sweden-location sweden informationWorking abroad sounds like an adventure to many people. However, job search in Sweden requires more than just the obvious Swedish CV writing and translation, it requires thorough preparation. You will experience problems that probably did not even come to your mind when you made a decision to get Sweden jobs.

Do not take too lightly the influence a job in Sweden can have on the effect of your adventure! For instance, you will experience the different immigration rules and practices, strange job application procedures, unfamiliar job candidate selection criteria and out of the ordinary management culture.

art_warning Sweden InformationMost visits to Sweden are trouble-free but you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate international terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.

Time: GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October)

Telephone country code: 46

Internet country code: .se

Annual vacation: Majority of Swedes take annual vacations during school holidays.

  • Summer holidays – between Jul 1 and August 31
  • Autumn holidays - between Oct 27 and Nov 2
  • Christmas holidays - between Dec 22 and Jan 4 of next year
  • Winter holidays – between Feb 23 and Mar 1
  • Easter holidays – between Apr 6 and Apr 19

Public Holidays:

  • 1 Jan - New Year's Day
  • 6 Jan - Epiphany
  • 10-13 Apr - Easter
  • 1 May - Labor Day
  • 21 May - Ascension
  • 31 May - Whit Sunday
  • 6 Jun - National Day
  • 20 Jun - Midsummer's Day
  • 1 Nov - All Saints' Day
  • 24 Dec - Christmas Eve
  • 25 Dec - Christmas Day
  • 26 Dec - Boxing Day
  • 31 Dec - New Year's Eve

Business Hours:

  • Offices - Mon to Fri 08:00 - 16:00 (flexible) with 30-60 minutes for lunch
  • Banks – Mon to Wed and Fri 10:00-15:00, Thurs 10:00-16:00/17:30. Some banks in larger cities have longer opening hours and are open at weekends.
  • Stores – Mon to Fri 09:30-18:00, Sat 09:30-14:00/16:00. Some department stores stay open until 19:00 or longer. In larger towns, some shops have longer opening hours and are also open Sundays 12:00-16:00. In rural areas, shops and gas stations close by 17:00/18:00.

Background: A military power during the 17th century, Sweden has not participated in any war in almost two centuries. An armed neutrality was preserved in both World Wars. Sweden's long-successful economic formula of a capitalist system interlarded with substantial welfare elements was challenged in the 1990s by high unemployment and in 2000-02 by the global economic downturn, but fiscal discipline over the past several years has allowed the country to weather economic vagaries. Sweden joined the EU in 1995, but the public rejected the introduction of the euro in a 2003 referendum.

Capital: Stockholm

Climate: temperate in south with cold, cloudy winters and cool, partly cloudy summers; subarctic in north

Ethnic groups: indigenous population: Swedes and Finnish and Sami minorities; foreign-born or first-generation immigrants: Finns, Yugoslavs, Danes, Norwegians, Greeks, Turks

Languages: Swedish, Sami and Finnish speaking minorities

Other Sweden Information

We hope that your Sweden job search has been successful and you will receive your Sweden visa soon. So, if your Sweden cover letter and Sweden CV are ready, you may email them to your future employers and start preparing for a Sweden job interview.

In addition, on the international info, job search, visa, work permit, cover letter, CV & resume, job interview and dress code pages you will find many useful tips for overseas job seekers.

Good luck with your Sweden information!

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