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Everything you need to know about annual leave in Sweden

Already excited about the summer holidays? Here's what you need to know. File photo: Pexels

Published: 14.May.2018 15:09 hrs

If you've secured a job in Sweden, congratulations! Not only will you be working in the land of fika breaks, flat hierarchies, and family-friendly work policy, but you'll also enjoy one of the most generous annual leave policies on the planet. Holiday is regulated by a specific law, which means that as an employee you have a lot of rights, but also that they can be tough to fully understand. Here's a breakdown of what you need to know about holiday in Sweden.

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Sweden has had an Annual Leave Act (semesterlagen or 'holiday law') since 1938, when employees were first given the right to two weeks' annual holiday. Over the following decades this law has been adapted and extended, with the current version introduced in the 1970s and offering full-time employees five weeks' vacation.

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