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    Minimum holiday entitlement


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    Paid public holidays per year


    Additional leave compliance rules and complexities

    Working patterns

    A full-time week is 40 hours. Employees cannot work for more than 5 consecutive hours without taking a break. They’re also entitled to an 11-hour break in every 24 hour period. Overtime is limited to 50 hours a month or 200 hours a year. Overtime pay differs depending on when the employer works the overtime hours. If it’s before 8 pm on weekdays, for every hour of overtime they get their monthly salary divided by 94. If it’s after 8 pm on weekdays, or any time on weekends, for every hour of overtime they get their monthly salary divided by 72.

    Annual leave

    After working for a company for a year, employees get 25 days of paid annual leave each year. Employees can hold on to each day of paid leave for up to five years once they’ve accrued it. In terms of sick leave, it’s up to the employer to pay 80% of the employee’s salary for the first 14 days of absence, after which Sweden’s Social Insurance Office takes care of payment.

    Maternity and paternity leave

    As for maternity leave, mothers can take 240 days of paid leave, which they can start as early as 60 days before the expected due date. Fathers are also entitled to up to 240 days of paid paternity leave. There are separate arrangements for shared parental leave. Couples can take up to 480 days of paid leave, but beyond the first 10 days after birth, they cannot take this leave at the same time.

    Bereavement leave

    Swedish employees are entitled to 10 days of bereavement leave.