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Sweden: Contracts of employment

Original and updating author: Laura Carlson

Consultant editor: Annika Blekemo

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  • 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 by no later than one month after they commence employment. (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)