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One of the top five most competitive economies in Europe and a country which often ranks within the top performing economies worldwide, Sweden possesses a strong business climate. It is globally competitive, thanks to the free-market environment and their developed education system.

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Doing Business in Sweden

Due to a stable and strong economy, Sweden presents an attractive location for foreign investment and is extremely business friendly. Sweden ranks 10th out of 190 economies for ease of doing business (World Bank’s Doing Business report for 2020).

Entity Registration and Incorporation Requirements

Setting up a new business or expanding an existing one in Sweden is straightforward. Choose how your company operates from a range of entity types which suit your individual circumstance.


Banking Hours: Monday - Friday from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Working Week

The standard working week is from Monday to Friday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Labor Law

Strict labor laws ensure workers have strong protections in place. In January 2022, the government decided on two proposals on a labor law reform and a new career transition assistance scheme that aims to improve flexibility, adaptability and security in the labor market in the long term.

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Main Industries

Motor vehicles, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, industrial machines, precision equipment, chemical goods, home goods and appliances, forestry, iron, and steel

GDP Growth


Dates & Numbers


Official State Name

Kingdom of Sweden


10.35 million



Major Languages



Swedish Krona kr

Internet Domain


International Dialing Code


Stockholm, SE
4:18 am, June 25, 2024
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While there is no mandate for a minimum wage, trade unions may have their own agreements in place. Local laws, regulations and business practices may change depending on circumstances and evolve. This requires companies to keep up to date on various changes in order to avoid penalties, increased costs or potentially, civil or criminal litigation.

It is acceptable to provide employees with online payslips


Payroll report must be kept for 10 years


25 days per year

Annual Leave

Paid sick leave is compensated to the employee for the 2nd - 14th day of sick leave by the employer. For more than 14 days, benefits are paid by social security.

Sick Leave

14 weeks of paid maternity leave and 10 days of paid paternity leave

Maternity & Paternity Leave

1 month notice

Employee Termination

13th month payments are not compulsory. Paid as a bonus at the employer’s discretion

13th month salary

There is no official national minimum wage

Minimum Wage

Overtime before 8.00 pm - Compensated at the monthly salary divided into 94 for each additional hour of work.

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The terms relating to this payment are outlined in the employment contract / collective agreement. There is no legal obligation to pay any severance

Severance Pay


Tax and Social Security

There are multiple social services programs including nationwide health programs and other benefits. Swedish residents are also subject to tax on their worldwide income and capital gains. The Ministry of Health and Social Affairs within the Ministry in the Government Offices looks after issues concerning the welfare of society.


Various taxes may apply such as excise duties, real estate, stamp and payroll taxes as well as social security fees. Additionally, the individual tax rate is high. Employers report and pay employer taxes and deducted taxes to the Swedish Tax Agency.


Corporate Income Tax


Personal Income Tax


Salary Tax



Social Security

Social insurance is administered by the Swedish Social Insurance Agency and the Swedish Pensions Agency.


Social Security Rate


Social Security Rate for Employers


Social Security Rate for Employees


Employment Law

There are a number of laws governing the employment relationship including the Employment Protection Act 1982/80, Work Environment Act 1977/1160 and the Working Hours Act 1982/673.

Employment Agreement

Typically, written employment agreements are to be put in place which must set up the conditions relating to the position and the term is usually indefinite. Under certain circumstances, a fixed term agreement may apply (typically for temporary work or seasonal employment).

Working condition

Regular working time may not exceed 40 hours per week. If the nature of the business demands, this may change to accommodate but not for a period longer than four weeks. SAWEE (Swedish Agency for Work Environment Expertise) serves as the national work environment knowledge center to oversee safety and health at work.


Swedish parents are offered 480 days of paid parental leave. Workers have at least 25 days of annual holiday leave. Sweden also offers 480 days of subsidized leave per child with 390 of those days paid at about 80% of their salary.

Employment termination

Regulations for termination of employment are set out in the Swedish Employment Protection Act (SFS 1982:80) which protects employees from wrongful dismissal and limits the freedom of employers to lay off staff. Additionally, most collective agreements contain regulations regarding layoffs and dismissal. An employer and employee can also choose to agree about terminating employment known as a voluntary agreement.


1 month

Minimum notice period for terminating an employee



Total number of public holidays



Working hours per week


4 weeks

Total number of days for Compassionate & Bereavement Leave



Work permits are not required if the individual has a permanent residence permit, a special permit to work as a researcher, is an asylum seeker, has a residence permit to attend a college or university or is a citizen of an EU country. In all other cases, a work permit is required in order to work in Sweden.


Residency permits

Companies that operate international payroll should take note that an individual must be offered a job before they are able to obtain a work permit. They are not able to enter Sweden until the permit is granted. A work permit cannot be obtained to enter and look for a job. Certain occupations and the citizens of certain countries are subject to special regulations for working in Sweden, For employment that lasts less than three months, the citizens of certain countries must have both a work permit and a visa.

Work Permit validity

Two years

Required Documents

Valid passport

An employment offer that complies with the terms set by Swedish collective agreements or which are standard for the occupation

A monthly salary offered of at least 13,000 SEK (1,480 USD) before taxes, or offered a salary that is on par with the position

The offer of employment includes health insurance, life insurance, and social security

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This document was prepared for informational purposes only. As local laws & regulations keeps on changing. Please consult your tax & legal advisors as well.
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