As defined by the Working Hours Act, the standard working week in Sweden is 40 hours. Overtime is limited to 50 hours per calendar month and 200 hours per calendar year, and is paid at 1.5 times to double the standard rate.
Companies should familiarize themselves with Sweden’s Employee Protection Act to check for any specific regulations that might concern them. Sweden is, however, relatively liberal in its employment laws: for example, written contracts between employees and employers are not required by law. And because Sweden is a member of the EU, companies operating there have easy access to workers from across the continent.
Collective bargaining by trade unions and organized groups of workers is common in Sweden, and negotiations often help set rates of pay, especially among larger operations.
Probation periods in Sweden can run for up to six months, with a two-week notice period on the employer’s side during this time. Standard notice periods start at one month for those employees with less than two years’ experience, with an extra month added after every two years, to a maximum of six months’ notice after ten years.