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Notice period laws in Sweden

Mandatory minimum notice periods in Sweden depend on the employee’s length of service for both employers and employees:

  • 0 to 2 years of employment → min. 1 month
  • 2 to 4 years employment → min. 2 months
  • 4 to 6 years employment → min. 3 months
  • 6 to 8 years employment → min. 4 months
  • 8 to 10 years employment → min. 5 months
  • Above 10 years employment → min. 6 months
  • OR: Immediate termination = Payment in-lieu of notice

Severance laws in Sweden

Severance pay is not mandatory in Sweden. However, it is likely to be negotiated in a collective bargaining agreement. We recommend always paying severance, regardless of the circumstances of termination.

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Probation periods in Sweden require a 14 calendar day notice period; however, this is only relevant for open-ended contracts, which we do not recommend engaging employees in for a first-hire.

For fixed-term contracts, there is no probation period. In cases where termination is appropriate, there is a minimum 1 month notice period required, or payment in lieu of notice.

Employees are beholden to the same terms. In rare cases where the employee has an open-ended contract (and thus a probation period), they must give 14 calendar days’ notice period when resigning.

After probation or during the fixed-term contract, for the first 2 years of employment, a 1 month notice is required when resigning.

After the probationary period, the process to terminate employment follows:

  • The employer must provide a written notice stating the reason for termination; the reason must be a valid reason
  • The employer must at the same time provide a certificate of employment to prove to later employers that the employee worked this role
  • The employer must provide payment, if applicable (ex. Untaken accrued leave, severance, or a termination bonus)
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