Costs, working hours, time off, etc.

As a future host family topics such as au pair working time, holidays, pocket money and language course will certainly be of interest to you. The most important information on the au pair stay in Sweden is presented here. 

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Length of stay

Au pairs in Sweden can stay for a maximum period of 12 months.

Duties and working hours

Your au pair takes care of your children and helps with light household chores. The  number of hours your au pair spends with his or her work and the language course should not exceed a total of 40 hours per week. The number of hours dedicated to light housework amounts to a maximum of 25 hours per week. You should discuss with your au pair well before their scheduled date of arrival how a typical day in your family is organised and what the au pair's duties will be. This should then be set out with them in your written au pair contract.

Au pairs should not be expected to work more than 5 hours a day and their duties should be arranged so that it is possible to attend a language course. 


Your total living costs will increase with the inclusion of an au pair in your family, as an additional adult will belong to the household.

Board and lodging

For the whole duration of the au pair stay, the au pair is given a room of their own and shares meals with the family. In the event of illness, the au pair continues to be entitled to free board and lodging.

Pocket money

Au pairs in Sweden receive monthly pocket money totalling SEK 3,500 gross. Taxes will be raised on both their pocket money and their board and lodging.

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 au pair come to an agreement on these matters well in advance of the 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 pairstake part in a Swedish language course, which should fit around their working schedule. Course time plus au pair duties should not exceed 40 hours per week. Swedish for immigrants (SFI) courses are offered through "Adults continuining in 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. As the host family, you still have the option of helping with these costs and with the au pair's enrolment in a language course. 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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