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Remote’s guide to employing in

Sweden
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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

    Stockholm

  • Currency

    Swedish krona (kr, SEK)

  • Languages

    Swedish

  • Population size

    10,137,371

  • Remote-Owned Local Entity

Services available in this country:
Employer of Record ProductContractor Management
Sweden

Facts & Stats

Sweden Map Illustration
  • Capital City

    Stockholm

  • Currency

    Swedish krona (kr, SEK)

  • Languages

    Swedish

  • Population size

    10,137,371

  • Ease of doing business

    Very easy

  • Cost of living index

    $$$$ (21 of 139 nations)

  • Payroll frequency

    Monthly

  • VAT - standard rate

    25%

  • GDP - real growth rate

    1.3%

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’ organisations. 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 instalments 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.

16 Public holidays

01
Monday, 1 January 20241New Year's Day (Nyårsdagen)
Saturday, 6 January 20242Epiphany (Trettondedag jul)
03
Friday, 29 March 20243Good Friday (Långfredagen)
Sunday, 31 March 20244Easter (Påskdagen)
04
Monday, 1 April 20245Easter Monday (Annandag påsk)
05
Wednesday, 1 May 20246May 1st (Första Maj)
Thursday, 9 May 20247Feast of the Ascension of Jesus Christ (Kristi himmelsfärds dag)
Sunday, 19 May 20248Pentecost (Pingstdagen)
06
Thursday, 6 June 20249National Day (Sveriges nationaldag)
Friday, 21 June 202410Midsummer Eve
Saturday, 22 June 202411Midsummer Day (Midsommardagen)
11
Saturday, 2 November 202412All Saints' Day (Alla helgons dag)
12
Tuesday, 24 December 202413Christmas Eve
Wednesday, 25 December 202414Christmas Day (Juldagen)
Thursday, 26 December 202415Boxing Day (Annandag jul)
Tuesday, 31 December 202416New Year's Eve

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 practising “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 fulfil 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’ holiday time. Employees may roll over holiday 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.

Fair Pricing in Sweden

Employer of Record

Hire and pay your global team

Starting at US$599/month

Top features

  • Satisfaction guaranteed

  • No deposits or hidden fees

  • Zero onboarding or offboarding fees

  • Compliant equity incentives support including withholding and reporting

  • Built-in security and compliance

  • Fast onboarding (average 2-3 days)

  • Flexible, localised benefits

Contractor Management

Compliantly onboard and pay contractors

US$29

per contractor/month

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Top features

  • Only pay for contractors you actively work with

  • Work with contractors in 200+ countries

  • Create, edit, and sign tailored, localised contracts

  • Approve contractor invoices with one click or auto-pay

  • Transparent payments with complete visibility

Global Payroll

Consolidate your multi-country payroll

US$50

per employee/month

Top features

  • Reduce costs by centralising payroll management

  • Ensure local compliance for every country

  • Direct support from in-house local payroll experts

  • Accurate, on-time, compliant payroll to level-up your employee experience

  • Tax and labour authority reporting handled for you

HRIS

Manage all of your employees in one place

Free
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Top features

  • Guided onboarding and offboarding

  • Employee profile and document management

  • Time and attendance (time off and tracking)

  • Expense management and reimbursement

  • Employee self-serve on the platform and mobile app