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These are the employers young Swedes like the most

Google is the most popular company if you ask Swedish students and graduates who picked it ahead of some of Sweden's own best-known businesses in a new survey.

These are the employers young Swedes like the most
Google's headquarters in California. Photo: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

Pollsters Kantar Sifo quizzed more than 11,000 young professionals in Sweden on behalf of recruitment agency Academic Work, to try to find out which employer in the country had the best reputation.

Tech firms claimed most of the top-ten spots in their 'Young Professional Attraction Index'.

Google was ranked top the third year in a row, followed by electric car makers Tesla in second place and Swedish music streaming startup Spotify in third.

“It is interesting to see that six out of ten companies in the top-ten list are IT or tech companies,” said Academic Work insights manager Isabelle Ahlman in a statement.

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“Young professionals want to work for companies that challenge the market and contribute to development and innovation in their field, something which is part of many IT and tech companies' DNA from day one. Based on this it is not strange that Google, with its strong global employer brand in a popular industry, remains as number one here in Sweden,” added Ahlman.

“What all companies in the top-ten have in common is that they are seen as market leaders and innovators and as having attractive employee benefits. They are all good at what they're doing today, and are good at telling people what they are going to do tomorrow.”

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The Sweden-founded companies other than Spotify in the top-ten were gaming company Dice, furniture giant Ikea and car-makers Volvo.

Facebook did not make the top-ten list this year, ending up in 12th place, said Academic Work.

Young Professional Attraction Index 2017

1. Google
2. Tesla
3. Spotify
4. Apple
5. Microsoft
6. Dice
7. Ikea
8. BCG, The Boston Consulting Group
9. McKinsey & Co
10. Volvo

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Reader question: When am I eligible for a Swedish pension?

A reader got in touch to ask how long he had to work in Sweden before he was eligible for a pension. Here are Sweden's pension rules, and how you can get your pension when the time comes.

Reader question: When am I eligible for a Swedish pension?

The Swedish pension is part of the country’s social insurance system, and it can seem like a confusing beast at times. The good news is that if you’re living and working here, you’ll almost certainly be earning towards a pension, and you’ll be able to get that money even if you move elsewhere before retirement.

You will start earning your Swedish general pension, or allmän pension, once you’ve earned over 20,431 kronor in a single year, and – for almost all kinds of pension in Sweden – there is no time limit on how long you must have lived in Sweden before you are eligible.

The exception is the minimum guarantee pension, or garantipension, which you can receive whether you’ve worked or not. To be eligible at all for this, you need to have lived in Sweden for a period of at least three years before you are 65 years old. 

“There’s a limit, but it’s a money limit,” Johan Andersson, press secretary at the Swedish Pension Agency told The Local about the general pension. “When you reach the point that you start paying tax, you start paying into your pension.”

“But you have to apply for your pension, make sure you get in touch with us when you want to start receiving it,” he said.

Here’s our in-depth guide on how you can maximise your Swedish pension, even if you’re only planning on staying in Sweden short-term.

Those who spend only a few years working in Sweden will earn a much smaller pension than people who work here for their whole lives, but they are still entitled to something – people who have worked in Sweden will keep their income pension, premium pension, supplementary pension and occupational pension that they have earned in Sweden, even if they move to another country. The pension is paid no matter where in the world you live, but must be applied for – it is not automatically paid out at retirement age.

If you retire in the EU/EEA, or another country with which Sweden has a pension agreement, you just need to apply to the pension authority in your country of residence in order to start drawing your Swedish pension. If you live in a different country, you should contact the Swedish Pensions Agency for advice on accessing your pension, which is done by filling out a form (look for the form called Ansök om allmän pension – om du är bosatt utanför Sverige).

The agency recommends beginning the application process at least three months before you plan to take the pension, and ideally six months beforehand if you live abroad. It’s possible to have the pension paid into either a Swedish bank account or an account outside Sweden.

A guarantee pension – for those who live on a low income or no income while in Sweden – can be paid to those living in Sweden, an EU/EEA country, Switzerland or, in some cases, Canada. This is the only Swedish pension which is affected by how long you’ve lived in Sweden – you can only receive it if you’ve lived in the country for at least three years before the age of 65.

“The guarantee pension is residence based,” Andersson said. “But it’s lower if you haven’t lived in Sweden for at least 40 years. You are eligible for it after living in Sweden for only three years, but it won’t be that much.”

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