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Job market in Scandinavia - statistics & facts

Known for its good working conditions and high salaries, Scandinavia is an attractive place to work for many people. Levels of labor force participation are generally high in Denmark, Norway and Sweden, and are expected to increase in the years to come. It is estimated that people with either a low or a high education level will be needed in the labor forces between 2021 and 2030. In Denmark and Sweden, the labor force consisting of people with a high education level is expected to grow by 3.3 and 2.8 percent respectively during this time period. The proportion of people holding lower educational attainment is on the other hand expected to increase in Norway with a share of 2.1 percent.

Most popular jobs for foreigners

The types of jobs undertaken by foreign-born employees in Scandinavia differ from country to country but generally follow the same pattern. In Norway, the highest proportion of employed immigrants work in relation to human health and social work activities. The health sector is likewise popular among immigrants in Denmark, coming second after operational services like travel agencies and cleaning services. This is similar to Sweden where the largest share of foreign-born people is employed in the cleaning sector, followed by restaurant and catering jobs.

Employment growth and job openings

It is estimated that employment in health-related occupations will increase in Denmark and Sweden over the next decade. This is especially the case in Sweden where health professionals are forecast to increase by around 89,000 people until 2030. In Norway, however, occupations in relation to agriculture and farming are expected to grow the most. Considering job openings, human health activities account for the second most available jobs in Norway as of the first quarter of 2021. Health related jobs are also expected to meet higher demands in both Sweden and Denmark in the next 10 years. Across the whole region, however, the most job openings are expected in the field of business and administration. For example, over 150,000 such jobs should be available in Denmark over the next years, with even higher estimations in Sweden and Norway.

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Job market in Scandinavia - statistics & facts

Known for its good working conditions and high salaries, Scandinavia is an attractive place to work for many people. Levels of labor force participation are generally high in Denmark, Norway and Sweden, and are expected to increase in the years to come. It is estimated that people with either a low or a high education level will be needed in the labor forces between 2021 and 2030. In Denmark and Sweden, the labor force consisting of people with a high education level is expected to grow by 3.3 and 2.8 percent respectively during this time period. The proportion of people holding lower educational attainment is on the other hand expected to increase in Norway with a share of 2.1 percent.

Most popular jobs for foreigners

The types of jobs undertaken by foreign-born employees in Scandinavia differ from country to country but generally follow the same pattern. In Norway, the highest proportion of employed immigrants work in relation to human health and social work activities. The health sector is likewise popular among immigrants in Denmark, coming second after operational services like travel agencies and cleaning services. This is similar to Sweden where the largest share of foreign-born people is employed in the cleaning sector, followed by restaurant and catering jobs.

Employment growth and job openings

It is estimated that employment in health-related occupations will increase in Denmark and Sweden over the next decade. This is especially the case in Sweden where health professionals are forecast to increase by around 89,000 people until 2030. In Norway, however, occupations in relation to agriculture and farming are expected to grow the most. Considering job openings, human health activities account for the second most available jobs in Norway as of the first quarter of 2021. Health related jobs are also expected to meet higher demands in both Sweden and Denmark in the next 10 years. Across the whole region, however, the most job openings are expected in the field of business and administration. For example, over 150,000 such jobs should be available in Denmark over the next years, with even higher estimations in Sweden and Norway.

Interesting statistics

In the following 5 chapters, you will quickly find the 32 most important statistics relating to "Job market in Scandinavia".

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