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What are the standard working hours in Sweden?

The standard working week in Sweden is 40 hours.

What are the standard working days in Sweden?

The standard working week in Sweden runs from Monday to Friday.

How many hours can you work per week in Sweden?

Employees in Sweden are allowed to work 40 hours per week. Beyond this, they must receive overtime pay. The maximum number of hours per week is 48 averaged over a four-month period.

How many hours is part-time work in Sweden?

Anything under 35 hours per week is classed as part-time work in Sweden.

How many hours is overtime in Sweden?

Any hours worked over 40 hours per week must be compensated at overtime rates.

Is it illegal to work on the weekend in Sweden?

No, but employees are entitled to a minimum of 36 hours of continuous rest every week, and this should be given on weekends whenever possible.

Does Sweden have a four-day work?

Sweden has trialed using a four-day week, but it is not the standard practice. However, flexi-time is commonplace in Sweden, so many employees choose to work non-standard hours, including four-day weeks.

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Your business can easily hire employees in Sweden without opening a local entity. We handle local employment law, complex tax regulations, and international payroll in 185 countries worldwide. All you need to do is focus on your business.


There is a maximum amount of overtime monthly and annually in Sweden.

  • Maximum overtime monthly: 50 hours
  • Maximum overtime annually: 200 hours

There is no minimum required pay rate for overtime in Sweden. The specifics of what an employee will receive for overtime will depend on the contract and collective employment agreement. Usually this amount is around 50%-100% of additional pay on top of a normal days’ salary.

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