Working in Sweden

Last updated: 31/5-2023

This section has information about working in Sweden. For example, you can read about how to find a job, how to start your own business and about how the Swedish labour market works.


Arbetsförmedlingen is a government agency whose task is to contribute to a well-functioning labour market. Arbetsförmedlingen helps jobseekers find jobs and employers find new employees.

Paying tax when you work

You have to pay tax on your salary when you have a job. Your employer also has to pay social insurance contributions.

These are legal obligations, and they make your employment official, which has many advantages for you, including:

  • You get an official contract, or a verification of employment.
  • You can get references for future jobs.
  • You get the right to paid holidays.
  • You get the right to paid parental leave.
  • You get insurance.
  • You accumulate retirement points.
  • You get paid if you are off sick.
  • You get paid if you have to stay at home to look after a sick child.

If you work without paying taxes, you get none of these advantages. You are also breaking the law, and risk being sentenced to up to two years in prison.