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Nationals of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country are free to work in Sweden without the need for a work permit.
If, however, they wish to stay in the country for longer than 3 months they should apply to the local police station for a residency permit (UPPEHALLSTILLSTAND). Proof of employment is required in order for a residence permit to be granted.
Nationals of a country which is not a member of the EU or EEA must have a work permit sticker attached to their passport in order to enter Sweden for the purpose of work. Work permits are usually only issued if the vacancy cannot be filled through recruitment from the Swedish and EU/EEA labour market. For example, a work permit would be issued if there were a shortage of specifically qualified Swedish personnel for a particular job and the employer had to bring in labour from a foreign country. It usually takes between 1 and 3 months to process the application for a work permit. Further information can be found on the Swedish governments website on immigration and work permits (www.migrationsverket.se).
The vast majority of Swedes speak and understand English but it would be difficult to find a job which did not require a reasonable knowledge of the Swedish language. It may, therefore, be a good idea to take a Swedish language course at home if you are planning to go to Sweden to find work. The Swedish Institute (SVENSKA INSTITUTET) can provide you with more information.
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The capital Stockholm is the largest city in Sweden. There you will find the headquarters of many different companies as well as the main offices of many governmental departments.
Gothenberg (Göteborg) and Malmö are also important cities for business and culture in Sweden.
Universities in Sweden started to establish careers service centres (ARBETSLIVS CENTER) in 1996 and not all universities have introduced one yet. At the moment, the services that these centres offer are relatively limited but the majority do supply students with many employer contacts. They also usually offer advice and courses to help students improve their job seeking skills. Only a few careers services in Swedish universities have their own website the Careers Centre at Stockholm University is one of the few that does.
(www.sb.su.se/arbetsforum) This site allows access to internet recruiting services and students also have the possibility of registering, through this site, their details in candidate banks of the recruiting pools. Employers have access to these databases and can use them to try and find suitable candidates for their job vacancies.
Swedish internet search engines such as Yahoo! (se.yahoo.com), Evreka (evreka.passagen.se) or Spray (www.spray.se) could help you to find links to various companies and industries that you are interested in.
> USEFUL LINKS
SWEDISH EMPLOYMENT SERVICE: www.amv.se
SWEDISH ASSOCIATION OF TEMPORARY WORK,
BUSINESSES AND STAFFING SERVICES: www.spur.se
DAGENS NHYETER: www.dn.se
SVENSKA DAGBLADET: www.svd.se
DAGENS INDUSTRI: www.di.se
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