Employment service

The Swedish national labour market administration

At Arbetsmarknadsstyrelsen AMV, the Swedish National Labour Market Administration, you can find information about working, recruiting, studying and starting a business in Sweden, as well as information concerning the unemployment insurance.


In each of Sweden's 21 counties there is a County Labour Board (Länsarbetsnämnden - Lan), to which the Public Employment Services (Arbetsförmedlingar - Af) are responsible. Look for the nearest Arbetsförmedling here.

Recognition of professional qualifications

Europeans have the right to move freely within Europe, to reside in the various countries and to work, study or provide a service. A potential, and real, obstacle to this freedom are regulations within any one country which mean that only diplomas and other qualifications within that country are recognised. The European Commission, professional bodies and the relevant authorities are working together to overcome these obstacles. Read more on the Commission's Internal Market and Mobilnet sites.

Recognition of higher education qualifications

The European Commission has devised a system known asECTS (European Credit Transfer System) . It allows for the transfer of higher education credits between European countries. The Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR) is responsible for evaluating qualifications received from outside Sweden.  

Invest in Sweden Agency

Whether you are a foreign investor planning to establish or expand business operations in Sweden, a consultant, a researcher or a journalist requiring information on business and investment opportunities in Sweden, the Invest in Sweden Agency, ISA, is ready to provide you with assistance, free of charge. ISA is a government agency responsible to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. 

Unemployment insurance

General information on unemployment insurance can be found at Inspektionen för arbetslöshetsförsäkringen (IAF) the Swedish Unemployment Insurance Board.

Page last updated: 31.08.2015

Sweden's Innovation Agency