Labour law and work environment

Labour law and work environment concern the conditions and circumstances in working life. The area also includes issues concerning wage formation and mediation in labour disputes. Fair conditions and a good working environment are prerequisites for high productivity in the Swedish economy, which is distinguished by high labour force participation and a high level of employment. Conditions in the Swedish labour market must be fair and decent.

Responsible for labour law and work environment

Responsible minister

Ylva Johansson
Ylva Johansson Minister for Employment and Integration

Responsible ministry

News about labour law and work environment

  • A new plan for equal lifelong earnings

    Ylva Johansson, Minister for Employment and Integration and Alice Bah Kuhnke, Minister for Culture and Democracy, about the new plan for equal lifelong earnings.

  • Ministry of Employment initiatives in the Budget Bill for 2018

    Photo: Ministry of Finance/Government Offices

    Everyone who can work should work and contribute to our common welfare. This is why, in the autumn budget, the Government is investing in strengthening labour market measures and the integration of new arrivals. The Government is reforming the system of subsidised employment and introducing a new, uniform supportive measure – introductory jobs. The Government is also strengthening efforts for a sustainable working life by establishing a new agency for work environment awareness and allocating funds for the development of methods to combat unfair competition.

Group photo
Group photo from the Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth in Gothenburg. Photo: Sören Andersson/Governemnt Offices

Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth

The Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth took place in Gothenburg on 17 November. The seminars and working sessions were webcast live during the Summit and are available on demand in English, French, German and Swedish on

Photo: Folio Images

New work environment agency in Sweden

To strengthen national and international work environment efforts, the Government has decided to establish a new government agency for work environment awareness. The agency is to be situated in Gävle and will start operations on 1 June 2018.

Photo: Maskot/Folio.

Fair working conditions

The Government safeguards the Swedish model, which builds on agreement between unions and employers on terms of employment in the labour market. Sweden is also pursuing issues in the EU on fair competition for businesses, and on rights and conditions for EU citizens who are posted to work in Sweden.

Foto: Alexander Ruas/Folio

A Work Environment Strategy for Modern Working Life 2016-2020

The Government's work environment policy is to contribute to a work environment that prevents ill health, accidents and people being excluded from working life. Work environment management must take into account people's differing circumstances and contribute to the development of both individuals and operations.

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