Pocket money, working hours, time off etc.

Want to know how many hours you will be working a week, how much pocket money you will earn and how long you can stay with your family for? Read the following information to find out.

Length of stay

The maximum length of stay for an au pair in Sweden is 12 months.

Duties and working hours

You take care of your host children and help with light household duties. Your working hours and the time you spend at your language course should not exceed a total of 40 hours per week. The working hours you dedicate to light housework amount to a maximum of 25 hours per week. You should discuss with your future host parents well before your arrival which tasks you will be in charge of. You should define them in your written au pair contract.

Important: Your daily work time should not be more than 5 hours per day and should be organised so that it is possible for you to attend a language course. 

Pocket money

As an au pair in Sweden you receive a minimum of SEK 3,500 gross pocket money per month, depending on the specific arrangements you make with the host family. Please note: As an au pair in Sweden you must pay taxes

Board and lodging

In exchange for your help with the children and light housework, you are entitled to free board and lodging for the entire duration of your stay, including any periods of illness. As a member of the family you also have your own room in the home of your host family.

Free time & holidays

Sweden has no specific regulations concerning the amount of holiday or free time an au pair is entitled to, thus we recommend that you and your host family come to an agreement on these matters well in advance of you au pair stay.

We would advise that the au pair receives:
- one full day off per week (which should be on a Sunday at least once a month)
- a two-week holiday when the total stay with the host family is for six months (more holiday time if staying longer and less if staying for a shorter period of time)

In Sweden, there are no official regulations with regard to public holidays for au pairs. We recommend that au pairs have a day off on public holidays. Only in exceptional cases au pairs should work on public holidays. The host family should discuss this with their au pair beforehand.

Swedish language course

All au pairs must attend a Swedish language course, which should fit around their working schedule. Together with the time you spend performing your au pair duties, your hours of work and study should come to approximately 40 hours per week. Swedish for immigrants (SFI) courses are offered through adult continuining-education programs ("kommunal vuxenutbildning", or "komvux") by local municipalities and the Swedish Folk High School.

These courses are usually state-funded so costs are limited to teaching materials. For au pairs applying for a work permit, a certificate of enrolment in a Swedish language course has to be enclosed with their application.

We are continually researching and updating our host country information, but cannot guarantee that all material provided is complete and correct. If you notice gaps or inaccuracies, we would like to hear from you.

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