Remote’s guide to employing in

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Make employment in Sweden easy. Let us handle payroll, benefits, taxes, compliance, and even stock options for your team in Sweden, all in one easy-to-use platform.

  • Capital City


  • Currency

    Swedish krona (kr, SEK)

  • Languages


  • Population size


  • Remote-Owned Local Entity

Services available in this country:
Employer of RecordContractor Management

Facts & Stats

Sweden Map Illustration
  • Capital City


  • Currency

    Swedish krona (kr, SEK)

  • Languages


  • Population size


  • Ease of doing business

    Very easy

  • Cost of living index

    $$$$ (21 of 139 nations)

  • Payroll frequency


  • VAT - standard rate


  • GDP - real growth rate


Sweden is the third-largest country in the European Union. With its population of just over 10 million, most people live in the major cities, such as Stockholm and Göteborg. Sweden has a strong economy and one of the highest standards of living in the world. In addition to its thriving knowledge industries, Sweden is home to many major manufacturing and natural resources companies.

Grow your team in Sweden with Remote

Looking to employ workers in Sweden? Companies hiring in Sweden must either own a legal entity in the country or work with a global employment solutions provider, usually one that provides employer of record services.

Remote can employ your team in Sweden on your behalf through our local legal entity in the country and handle payroll, benefits, taxes, and compliance for your Sweden team. You can also pay contractors now in Sweden with Remote.

Risks of misclassification

Sweden, like many other countries, treats self-employed individuals or contractors and full-time employees differently. Misclassification of contractors in Sweden may lead to fines and penalties for the offending company.

Employing in Sweden

The majority of workers in Sweden fall under the protection of a collective bargaining agreement, even those who are not members of a specific union. These agreements cover many areas where other countries rely on national employment laws. Employing workers in Sweden means understanding which bargaining agreements apply to your employees and following the agreements closely.

To employ workers in Sweden, contact Remote to learn more about your options.

Minimum Wage

In Sweden, there is no minimum wage. However, different industries enforce their own minimum wages through collective bargaining agreements between trade unions and employers’ organizations. Most companies and workers in Sweden are subject to these rules. Remote can help you determine which minimum wage applies to your employees.

Payroll Cycle

For customers of Remote, all employee payments will be made in equal monthly installments on or before the last working day of each calendar month, payable in arrears.

Onboarding Time

We can help you get a new employee started in Sweden fast. The minimum onboarding time we need is only 3 working days.

Our team ensures your employees are onboarded and paid as quickly as possible while keeping your business compliant with all local employment legislation. The minimum onboarding time begins after the employee submits all required information onto the Remote platform. The onboarding timeline is also dependent upon registration with local authorities.

For all non-nationals of the country of employment, the Right to Work assessment (if applicable) will add three extra days to the total time to onboard. There may be extra time required if we need to follow-up on the right to work assessment.

Please note, payroll cut-off dates can impact the actual first day of employment. Remote has a payroll cut-off date of the 10th of the month unless otherwise specified.

18 Public holidays

Sunday, January 1, 20231New Year’s Day (Nyårsdagen)
Friday, January 6, 20232Epiphany (Trettondagen)
Friday, April 7, 20233Good Friday (Långfredagen)
Saturday, April 8, 20234Easter Eve (Påskafton)
Sunday, April 9, 20235Easter Sunday (Påskdagen)
Monday, April 10, 20236Easter Monday (Annandag Påsk)
Monday, May 1, 20237Labour Day (Första maj)
Thursday, May 18, 20238Ascension Day (Kristi Himmelfärdsdag)
Saturday, May 27, 20239Whitsun Eve (Pingstafton)
Sunday, May 28, 202310Whit Sunday (Pingstdagen)
Tuesday, June 6, 202311Sweden’s National Day (Sveriges Nationaldag)
Friday, June 23, 202312Midsummer Eve (Midsommarafton)
Saturday, June 24, 202313Midsummer Day (Midsommardagen)
Saturday, November 4, 202314All Saints Day (Alla helgons dag)
Sunday, December 24, 202315Christmas Eve (Julafton)
Monday, December 25, 202316Christmas Day (Juldagen)
Tuesday, December 26, 202317Boxing Day (Annandag Jul)
Sunday, December 31, 202318New Year's Eve (Nyårsafton)

Competitive benefits package in Sweden

At Remote, we’re obsessed with helping you craft the best possible employee experience for your team. We are leading the way in practicing “fair equity,” which means making sure employees everywhere have access to both the required and supplemental benefits they need to thrive (and that will allow you to attract the best local talent).

Our benefits packages in Sweden are tailored to fulfill the local needs of your employees. Typically, our packages contain some or all of the following benefits:

  • Health Insurance

  • Dental Insurance

  • Vision Insurance

  • Mental Health Support

  • Pension or 401(K)

  • Life and Disability Insurance

Taxes in Sweden

Learn how employment taxes and statutory fees affect your payroll and your employees’ paychecks in Sweden.

  • 31.42%

    Total Payroll Taxes (Covers national health insurance, parental insurance, retirement benefits, workers’ compensation, and other taxes)

  • 31.42 %

    Total Cost of Employment

Types of leave

Employees in Sweden are entitled to 25 days of paid time off per year. Both part-time and full-time employees are eligible for PTO. Employers are required to enforce the use of their employees’ vacation time. Employees may roll over vacation days for up to five years, but employers should not let employees fail to take time off.

Employment termination

Termination process

To terminate an employee in Sweden, the employer must provide the employee with a clear reason for the termination and sufficient notice. Employment contracts typically cover what is and is not a valid reason for termination.

Notice period

Notice periods in Sweden depend on the specifics of the employment contract. The standard notice period in Sweden is three months. In certain circumstances, employees may be terminated without notice.

Severance pay

Sweden does not have a law requiring employers to provide severance pay to terminated employees. However, employment contracts and collective agreements may have their own requirements.

Probation periods

The maximum probationary period for an employee in Sweden is six months.