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Sweden: Contracts of employment

Original and updating author: Laura Carlson

Summary

  • There are no statutory requirements as to the form or content of individual employment contracts. (See General)
  • Probationary periods must be based on a specific contract for probationary employment, with a fixed term of no more than six months. (See Probationary periods)
  • Employment contracts are, as a general rule, considered to be open-ended and can be terminated by the employer only on "objective" grounds. Fixed-term contracts can be used only under specific circumstances. (See Types of contract)
  • Generally, employers must provide employees with a written statement of the main terms and conditions of the employment contract or relationship. (See Written statement of terms of employment)
  • There are rules regarding how employers may go about varying employees' conditions of employment. (See Variation of contract)