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Factsheet for case SE-2020-14/702 Updated – measures in Sweden

More active labour market policy

Mer aktiv arbetsmarknadspolitik

Country Sweden , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 30 March 2020 – 31 December 2021
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Supporting businesses to get back to normal
– Enhancing employability and training
Author Anna-Karin Gustafsson (Oxford Research) and Eurofound
Case created 16 April 2020 (updated 22 January 2021)

Background information

As unemployment is expected to rise as a consequence of the COVID-19 outbreak, increased funding has been allocated to the Swedish public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen) and labour market policy programmes. The period during which a person may have a subsidized form of employment is extended by an additional year for those who already have such jobs. Additionally, the maximum time for support for starting a business is extended from 6 to 12 months. Municipalities will receive grants for more summer jobs for young people and funding for 'green jobs'.

Content of measure

The measure to increase spending on Active labour market policy includes: 1. Increased funding to the Public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen) (SEK 0.33 billion); 2. Summer jobs for young people (SEK 0.18 billion); 3. Green jobs (i.e. jobs in the environmental goods and services sector, to enable subsidized employment, primarily in the area of nature and forest conservation) (SEK 0.15 billion); 4. More programme measures (SEK 1.87 billion); 5. Extended time in measures (subsidized employment forms include ‘extra jobs’, new start jobs or introductory jobs) and support for business (SEK 0.05 billion).

In total, spending on ALMP is increased by SEK 2.58 billion.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

10 December 2020

The Government has decided to extend the duration of temporary measure that allows for extension of subsidised forms of employment until the end of 2021. Same applies for the maximum time for support for starting a business.

Use of measure

There is currently no data on the uptake of this measure.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

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

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

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

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level


No information available.

Views and reactions



  • 30 March 2020: Crisis package for jobs and transition (
  • 10 December 2020: The maximum duration for extra and introductory jobs is extended (Maxtiden för extratjänster och introduktionsjobb förlängs) (


Eurofound (2020), More active labour market policy, case SE-2020-14/702 (measures in Sweden), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.