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Au Pair in Sweden: salary, working hours, holidays, etc.

The concept of the Au Pair program is to create a lifelong relationship between Au Pair and Host Family. Nonetheless, in most of the countries the Au Pair program has strict rules that should be respected by all participants. In this article we will tell you more about:
Au Pair salary Sweden

Working hours

The participant’s working hours should not exceed 30 hours per week and 5 hours per day. The Au Pair should also have time to attend a language course.

Pocket money

Participants in Sweden should receive about 3500 SEK per month, but they will have to pay income taxes from this (as well as from non-monetary taxable benefits).

Time-off and holidays

The Au Pair should have at least one day off a week. The working hours should not exceed 5 hours per day, although this time will most likely be flexible.

There are no official regulations concerning the Au Pair’s holiday in Sweden, but it’s recommended to grant 4 weeks of paid holidays for a stay of 12 months.

 

Language course

Participants in Sweden must attend a Swedish language course. The courses in Sweden are usually funded by the state, therefore they are usually free of charge.

The schedule must allow the participant to attend the language classes, which should take up about 15 hours per week. Participants who need to apply for a work/residence permit will have to include proof of enrollment in the language course with the visa application

What else?

  • The Au Pair program in Sweden cannot last more than 12 months (usually it is 9 - 12 months)
  • Participants in Sweden must register with the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) upon arrival and pay income taxes estimated on the value of their pocket money and non-monetary taxable benefits (accommodation and full-board)

Travel cost

Host Families in Sweden are not responsible for paying for the Au Pair’s travel expenses.

Both parties should discuss this and if the Host Family decides to help with the travel expenses, it should be done in monthly installments during the Au Pair’s stay.


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