The Employment Rate

Compared to most other countries, Sweden has a high employment rate. One important reason for this is that women to a high degree participate in the work force.

The employment rate displays the proportion of employed adults in the working age. In 2018 Sweden had the highest employment rate among the member states of the EU. However, Iceland (which is not a member of the EU), recorded an even higher rate.

The employment rate increased significantly in Sweden during the 1960s and 1970s, when many women entered the labour market and closed much of the gap to men. In more recent years the employment rate fell temporarily during the financial crisis of 2008-2009. It has, however, since then, recovered to even higher levels than we saw prior to the crisis.