Average weekly working hours in Sweden 2019, by type of employment

The ordinary weekly working hours in Sweden are stated to equal 40 hours. However, the actual average reported weekly working hours in Sweden fluctuated between 30 and 30.9 hours per week during the period from 2009 to 2019. In 2019, an actual working week amounted to 30.2 hours on average.

Highest number of weekly working hours among self-employed

    The highest actual average weekly working hours in 2019 was among self-employed, who worked 35.4 hours per week. Around 490 thousand people in Sweden were self-employed during 2019, and the highest number of them were between 45 to 54 years old.  

25 to 54-years olds worked the most hours

   The lowest number of actual average working hours per week was among the youngest in the working population, aged 15 to 24 years. They worked on average 26 hours per week. The highest actual working hours were among 25 to 54-year olds, who worked on average 30.9 hours per week.

Average weekly working hours in Sweden in 2019, by type of employment

Average number of working hours per week
Self-employed35.4
Permanently employed30.4
Temporary employed25.5
Employed total30.2
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Source

Release date

January 2020

Region

Sweden

Survey time period

2019

Age group

15-74 years

Supplementary notes

The source adds the following information: "The self-employed group includes self-employed persons who have either some form of sole proprietorship, or persons who are freelancers. Family worker includes persons who work without pay in some company belonging to a household member."

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