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Factsheet for measure SE-2020-13/1365 – measures in Sweden

Elite Hotels offer subsidised stays for people in risk groups and health care staff

Elite hotels inför subventioner för 70+ och vårdpersonal

Country Sweden , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 24 March 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Company practices
Category Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Remuneration and rewards for workers in essential services
Author Anna-Karin Gustafsson (Oxford Research) and Eurofound
Measure added 30 October 2020 (updated 13 May 2021)

Background information

Due to the crisis in the hospitality industry, where no one is allowed to travel, the hotel chain Elite Hotels, with 40 hotels in Sweden, is now offering people over the age of 70 and health care staff rooms at a lower cost price. The rooms normally cost between SEK 1,000 and 1,500 per night (€100 and €150). Thanks to the subsidy the rooms now cost SEK 450 per night (€45).

The hotel chain has also set up long-term accommodation in several of its hotels, at a monthly cost of SEK 8,000 and up (€800).

Content of measure

Elite hotels, a hotel chain in Sweden, has been struggling during the COVID-19 crisis. In May 2020 eight of 10 rooms were empty. The Group has laid off almost half of the staff of approximately 2,000 people.

In order to reduce the number of redundancies, save operations and benefit society, the company providing guests in the age category 70+ and health care staff in hotel rooms at subsidised prices.

Elite Hotels has 39 hotels in 25 locations in Sweden and additional hotels are being built in Södertälje and Skellefteå with openings in 2020 and 2021. Seven of the hotels are located in Stockholm.

Use of measure

According to the hotel chain, response has been above expectations. Many have chosen to isolate themselves with the comfort and security of a hotel stay. Health care staff who work irregular hours and who live far from the workplace have been able to use hotel accommodation.

There is no information on how many who have benefited from the measure.


  • Employment retention
  • Solidarity

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Particular professions
Workers in care facilities
Workers in essential services
Does not apply to businesses Older citizens
The COVID-19 risk group

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Company / Companies

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Company level


There is no information on the involvement of the social partners.

Views and reactions

There are no information of the views of the social partners.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      I - Accommodation And Food Service Activities I55 Accommodation
    • Occupation (ISCO level 2)
      Health associate professionals
      Personal care workers
      Hospitality, retail and other services managers
      Health professionals


  • 17 May 2020: Hotel empire crisis during Corona (Hotelimperiets kris under corona) (


Eurofound (2020), Elite Hotels offer subsidised stays for people in risk groups and health care staff, measure SE-2020-13/1365 (measures in Sweden), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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