Welcome to the house that built IKEA, ABBA, and blew up a bunch of other things, thanks to prize provider, philanthropist and dynamite inventor Alfred Nobel. Our tour has arrived in the Scandinavian stronghold of Sweden, a global leader in green energy transformation and climate activism, and a place where there’s abundant flex-time and extra pay when you go on vacation.
This Nordic nation is the 10th stop on our ’round-the-world video curation tour of work cultures in many nations. We invite you to join us, watch out for us on our social channels (#CultureCoordinates) and let us know what these videos get right-or don’t-about working in different countries.
Put your emotions in your pockets, but not your hands…
…be five minutes early, and bear gifts for coworkers’ kids
Fast Culture Facts for Sweden
- 10 million – with a moderate population density of 57 people per square kilometer. Sweden is the third- largest nation by area in the EU. Most of its citizens live in urban areas but they are small, with populations of between 10,000 and 100,000 residents.
- 5.1 million – with a labor force participation rate of 73 percent—higher than the USA’s. Women make up about 48 percent of the workforce.
- Sweden’s GDP was 551 billion in 2018, fueled by an export-based economy. Cars, refined petroleum and medical products are major export categories. Services made up about 65 percent of the nation’s GDP, followed by industry at around 33 percent, and tourism at about 8 percent.
- Sweden is the third most gender-equal country in the world, with women making up half the government, and, along with Iceland, ranked highest in the Women in Work Index 2019. Although the country boasts a higher number of women in the c-suite than most western nations, the gender pay gap was 10.7 percent in 2018. Employment and housing discrimination against LGBTQ is illegal in Sweden, and most other LGBTQ rights are protected.
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