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Reader voices: What's it REALLY like working in Sweden?

Did Swedish working life match up to your expectations? Photo: Susanne Walström/imagebank.sweden.se

Published: 21.Mar.2019 14:59 hrs

Sweden has been relying on foreign workers to plug its skills shortage for years, and the country is known both for an enviable work-life balance and for bureaucracy that can complicate work permit applications. The Local asked our readers about their experiences as international workers in Sweden: the good, the bad, and what the country can do to improve.

"If I had known that it would be as hard as it was I don't think I would have moved here!" one freelancer in Stockholm said.

When we reached out to our readers, many said they had been surprised by some of the obstacles they faced in Sweden, ranging from suspected discrimination to long processing times and complex rules for work permits, or had more trouble than anticipated adjusting to the Swedish working culture.

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