Sweden is well known for prioritizing quality of life in its labor laws. All workers in Sweden receive at
least five weeks of paid vacation per year.
Education is taxed financed, supported by publicly subsizided programs and is available to all citizens from
elementry school through university. As a person living in Sweden on a residency permit I will be eligible to take university courses free after three years.
Swedish social insurance is financed mainly through employers' contributions, with a small proportion being covered by individual contributions. Social insurance covers various benefits related to sickness, disability, having children and retirement. Some employers also provide extra insurance coverage as a staff benefit. As part of the publicly funded social insurance, you only have to pay a moderate set fee when visiting a doctor or
physiotherapist within the national health scheme.
Sweden has very generous laws for parental leave with a parental allowance being paid out over a maximum of 480 days, split between the parents as they see fit. Also, parents of children age eight and under have the right to work part time (75% or more), a right many Swedes take advantage of. Parents who miss work in order to take care of a sick child (up to 12 years old) can also receive compensation for lost income.
If you stay home from work becuase of illness, you receive no wages or sick pay the first day. For the folowing two weeks, you receive sick pay from your employer. After that, sickness benefits are paid by the Swedish Social Insurance Agency. Both sick pay and sickness benefits amount to 80% of your salary.
Information copied from Arbetsförmedlingen Living and Working in Sweden
This picture is from 09/19/2010,
the day my Swedish life began.