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Factsheet for measure SE-2022-1/2171 – measures in Sweden

Governmental investments in green jobs

Regeringen satsar på naturnära jobb

Country Sweden , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 January 2022 – 31 December 2023
Context COVID-19, Green Transition
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Active labour market policies (enhancing employability, training, subsidised job creation, etc.)
Author Anna-Karin Gustafsson (Oxford Research) and Eurofound
Measure added 16 January 2022 (updated 14 March 2022)

Background information

Maintenance and conservation of forests has an important role in preserving biological diversity in a forest-rich country like Sweden. Investments in the preservation of forests and in particular, investments in protected areas also create jobs. Since the type of job positions created by investing in protected areas often do not require higher education or previous job experience, they benefit young people with weak connection to the labour market.

Content of measure

Between 2022 and 2023, the Swedish Government will invest SEK 20 millions per year (around €2 million) in green jobs (in Swedish 'naturnära jobb'). The aim is to create jobs that are suitable for unemployed young people whose have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The tasks will involve for instance preservation of the protected areas and supporting in the fight against invasive species (different flora that have recently started to grow in Sweden and expand rapidly).The investments in 2022 and 2023 are continuation for the SEK 150 million (€15 million) investment in 2020.

Responsibility for the measure is divided between several authorities. Swedish Forest Agency hires the participants for approximately one year. In addition to regular work tasks, the participates receive training that helps them to better establish themselves in the Swedish labour market.

Investments in green jobs part of the Government's wider investment in protected areas.

Use of measure

No information available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to businesses Youth (18-25)

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 Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

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

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


No information available.

Views and reactions

No information available.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      A - Agriculture, Forestry And Fishing A2 Forestry and logging
    • Occupation (ISCO level 2)
      Agricultural, forestry and fishery labourers



Eurofound (2022), Governmental investments in green jobs, measure SE-2022-1/2171 (measures in Sweden), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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