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Recruiting employees to Sweden - Do Swedes really have a better life?

Posted by staff alexander on Jun 9, 2016 11:30:00 AM

What’s it really like to live and work in Sweden? It’s an important question and not exactly an easy one to answer as there is a lot more to life than the cold numbers of GDP and economic statistics. Fortunately, The Better Life Index, an OECD initiative, allows you to compare well-being across 36 countries, based on 11 vital topics in the areas of material living conditions and quality of life.

The better Life Index

The index offers fascinating insights into what matters most to people, both in Sweden and around the world, based on the views of over 80,000 users.

So what matters most to people in Sweden?

Life Satisfaction, is the answer, or at least the highest rated topic. This visual representation shows how Swedes rank Sweden ranks on other key areas.


Better Life Sweden

How does Sweden compare with other countries?

Very favourably, as it turns out, compared to the other 36 countries surveyed. Sweden ranked 9th out of 36 countries (top 25 %) on key indicators such as Household Net Adjusted Disposable Income (29 185 USD) and on Household Financial Wealth (60 328 USD). Sweden also scored very well on Social inequality (ranked 11th of 36 countries). The list was comprised of the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and The United States.

Do Swedes have a better life?

The answer would appear to be “Yes”, or at least a better life than most of the other countries surveyed, when it comes to essential areas such as housing, income, jobs, community, education, environment, civic engagement, health, life satisfaction, safety and work-life balance.

Where is Stockholm comparable with?


better life index scandanavia Source:

How does Sweden compare with your recruit’s home country?

Full details of this survey per country are available on The Better Life Index website. Your recruits can also create their own Better life index on this site, compare it with others, as well as share their results.

Are you recruiting employees to Sweden?

Find out how we can help your new international recruits with a smooth transition to life in Sweden

To find out more about how you can help your international recruits with a smoother transition to life in Sweden, please see our website for details of our relocation and immigration services. You can also contact us directly for help on +46 8 660 61 01 or email us at

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Topics: Relocation to Sweden, Living in Sweden, HR, Moving to Sweden