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EACEA National Policies Platform


3. Employment & Entrepreneurship

Last update: 4 May 2023

An important part of the Swedish government's work agenda is active labour market policy. To achieve better labour market matching and by that reduce time spent in unemployment among young people has been among the government priorities.

A number of measures have been undertaken in recent years to increase youth employment. Reforms have been made in the areas of education, labour market and tax policy (for more information see Section 3.6 Integration of Young People in the labour market). The overall aim of the measures for youth is to support their entry into the labour market or to find a way for them to pursue and complete education.

Sweden has one of the lowest NEET rates in the EU, 5.7% in 2022, according to Eurostat. The government’s approach to labour market policy is however that measures should target those whose need is the greatest. Young people in NEET situations are therefore a specific target group.