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Sweden Leave Laws – Vacation Tracker

Table Of Contents


  • 1st January – New Year’s Day

  • 6th January (13th Day of Christmas) – Epiphany

  • 2nd April – Good Friday

  • 4th April – Easter Sunday

  • 5th April – Easter Monday

  • 1st May – Labour Day

  • 13th May (39 days after Easter Sunday) – Ascension Day

  • 23rd May (50 days after Easter) – Pentecost Sunday

  • 6th June – National Day

  • 25th June – Midsummer Eve

  • 26th June – Midsummer Day

  • 6th November (Saturday between October 31 and November 6) – All Saint’s Day

  • 24th December – Christmas Eve

  • 25th December – Christmas Day

  • 26th December – Second Day of Christmas

  • 31st December – New Year’s Day

Paid Time Off

  • Vacation/Annual Paid Leave

Employees are entitled to up to 25 days of paid annual leave after they have completed 12 months of work in the company. Employees are entitled to take a continuous four-week vacation during the period June to August, unless there are circumstances justifying other arrangements.

Collective bargaining agreements or employment agreements normally contain rules entitling employees to a longer period of annual leave, in particular for white-collar employees not entitled to overtime pay.

Swedish Annual Leave Act distinguishes between paid and unpaid annual leave.

  • Rollovers and payout of unused hours

  • Use-it-or-lose-it policy 

Employees are entitled to carry over their accrued paid vacation days, but only if the employee has earned more than 20 days of paid vacation, and only for those days that exceed 20 days.

Accrued days can be held for up to 5 years.

  • PTO payout at the termination

Employees who have been given a notice of termination of less than six months cannot be required to take their vacation entitlement during the notice period, unless they agree to do so.

Maternity Leave, Child Raising Leave, Parental Leave

Parental Leave

Employees are entitled to parental leave until the child is 18 months. Both parents together receive 480 days’ parental allowance per child. In the case of multiple births, an additional 180 days are granted for each additional child. Parental benefit is 240 days per parent, a total of 480 days and it is distributed as you choose between the parents. It is possible to transfer up to 150 days to the other parent, the rest of the 90 days cannot be transferred. The employees are entitled to 80 percent of their regular wages.

Maternity Leave

In addition to parental leave, mothers are entitled to use allowance 60 days prior to the expected date of the delivery. Mothers are entitled to 240 days of paid parental leave.

Paternity Leave

Fathers are entitled to take 10 working days due to a birth of a child, in addition to 240 days of paid parental leave.

Sick Leave

Sick Leave

Employers are required to pay 80 percent of an employee’s regular wages for the first 14 days of sick leave. As from day 15, the employee may be entitled to compensation payable by the state.

Disability Leave

Employees with full or partial disability may be entitled to compensation or sickness compensation paid by the state.

Jury Duty Leave, and Voting Leave

Not specified by law.

Bereavement Leave

All employees are entitled to up to 10 days of paid leave due to the death of a family member.

Military Leave

Not specified by law. 

Please consult your local legal counsel to learn more about Sweden Leave Laws.

To learn more about laws in various countries, check out our Leave Laws page.

All materials have been prepared for general information purposes only to permit you to learn more about this region's leave laws. The information presented is not legal advice, is not to be acted on as such, and may not be current. Please contact your local legal counsel to learn more about the leave laws in your country.