Swedish Public Employment Service

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The Swedish Public Employment Service (Swedish: Arbetsförmedlingen) is a Swedish government agency organized under the Ministry of Employment mainly responsible for the public employment service in Sweden and the implementation of labour market policies. The agency should help facilitate meetings and bring together employers with job seekers, especially those who are long-term unemployed and have particular difficulties in finding work. In addition to this, the agency should work to increase employment in the long term.[1][2] This is primarily done by giving active support to companies in the recruitment process, facilitating meetings at the premises of the Swedish Public Employment Service and the use of a searchable, gratis vacancy database (Swedish: Platsbanken).[3]

Additional assignments[edit]

The agency has a special responsibility to work with the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Swedish: Försäkringskassan) to help those with reduced working capacity back to employment. Newly arrived immigrants and refugees have the right to participate in different measures and programmes. In some cases, the agency has the can give economic compensation, such as wage subsidies, to employers. The agency has an additional responsibility to monitor the job seekers to prevent benefit and insurance fraud, and should provide unemployment forecasts and statistics to the government.[1][4]


The agency used to sort under the now defunct Swedish Labour Market Agency (Swedish: Arbetsmarknadsverket, AMV) and its offices belonged to the county labour boards, until it was decided that it should form its own agency under Ministry of Employment in 2008.[5]


In 2013, the agency had 13,055 employees, in 320 local offices, grouped into eleven market areas. It is led by Director-General Mikael Sjöberg, from the head office in Stockholm.[5][6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Regleringsbrev" (in Swedish). ESV. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Förordning (2007:1030) med instruktion för Arbetsförmedlingen" (in Swedish). The Riksdag. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Our service". Arbetsförmedlingen. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Welcome to Arbetsförmedlingen!" (PDF). Arbetsförmedlingen. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Vår historia och andra viktiga händelser" (in Swedish). Arbetsförmedlingen. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Our organisation". Arbetsförmedlingen. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 

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