Finding Jobs in Scandinavia: Laws and Job-Hunting Resources

If you're trying to find a job in Scandinavia, you'll benefit from having some resource information and understanding the visa laws, no matter what type of job in Scandinavia you are seeking.

Keep in mind that when you look for a job abroad, work visa law can be complex. One of your first steps when looking for a job abroad should be to contact one of the Scandinavian embassies near you to find out more about your work visa options. Most Europeans residing in Scandinavia for more than six months need a residence certificate. Others may need a residence and work permit.

Often it is required to have a job offer in another country before that government will issue you a work visa. If you have accepted a job, secure a letter from your future employer before you leave for Scandinavia. It also helps to have a physical address in the country where you will be living. 

Resources to assist you with understanding work visa law and how to get jobs internationally are listed by country. These resource websites can prove helpful in your decision whether or not to seek employment abroad.

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    Job Searches Across Scandinavia

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    These three websites have job listings from all Scandinavian countries. If you have a particular country in mind, scroll down to search for jobs by country.

    • TransitionsAbroadShort Term Jobs is an English website listing jobs in Scandinavia. Jobs listed include ESL teaching, seasonal workers in hotels and restaurants, farm work, and child care positions. 
    • EURES Job Portal lets job seekers look for jobs all over Europe.
    • Nordjobb.net offers internships, student and summer jobs in Scandinavia. The focus is on seasonal work for young people.
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    A work permit for Sweden can be granted without labor shortages, and it is valid for a maximum of two years at a time.

    • Jobs in Stockholm lets you find employment opportunities in the Swedish capital.
    • The Swedish government's jobs website gives valuable information on employment in Sweden.
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    Jobs in Denmark
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    Jobs in Denmark are easier to come by if you are trained or experienced in a specialized field of work, no matter which one. The rate of immigration is quite low.

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    Jobs in Norway offer a wide variety of benefits, steady employment, and high pay.

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    Find out if you need a work permit for Finland, and where you can find the most jobs depending on whether you speak only English or both English and Finnish.

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    Jobs in Iceland can be easy to come by if you're a good, helpful worker. You have much better chances if you speak Icelandic, though.

    With tourism increasingly booming in Iceland, it is expected there will continue to be a need for workers. 

    Websites that list jobs including those for foreign workers include:

    • 3-12 Month Hands-On is excellent for seasonal roles.
    • JobsAbroad.com highlights teaching, au pair, and other work. 
    • EURES Job Search for Europe has openings all over Europe.