The good news is that the Swedish economy and currency, although technically part of the Euro has held up well against all the problems associated with the rest of Euro and the 'Euro-Crisis' that has effected mainly the southern parts of the union. Another advantage to working in Sweden is that unlike the Danish krona, the Swedish Krona is not linked to a standard exchange to the Euro meaning that it has not lost its value like the Euro has and is generally more stable then the Euro.
If you are thinking of moving to Sweden to work and are from outside the EU, be aware that before you arrive here, you will need to have already applied for and been granted a work permit in your home country. Unless you have special circumstances, it does not work to move to Sweden first and then apply for a work permit. The process is made much easier for those that are within the EU as you are technically allowed to reside in Sweden and work immediately but if you are from outside the EU the rules are quite a bit different and should be investigated at Migrationsverket's Homepage. My circumstances were such that, i came to sweden to study as an international exchange student (from Canada) and people part of this program are allowed to work here on that study permit. Also to convert a study permit to a work permit, you simply have to show that you have completed 35 credits of schooling before your permit expires thereby allowing you to work here permanently.
Thats the good news, now the bad news.
If you have anything foreign sounding about your name, think twice about coming here.
Although it is not really talked about here in Sweden, the general attitude for short listing candidates for job positions in the country generally starts with a look at the persons name. Anything with Mohammed or foreign sounding will get binned first and from there they follow the regular sorting process based on qualifications. This has been tested several times by the news agencies by performing undercover tests to local companies and Sven Svensson was always chosen over Akbar Ahmed although the CV's were identical
The other opportunity you have is to be overly qualified for the position you are applying for and willing to accept much less then you were earning back home (with my frame of reference being Canada). I am making approximately half of what i took home monthly when compared to the level i was at back in 2007 when i moved to Sweden from Canada. In fact it would surely be higher today if i were still in Canada, how much higher, i can only guess.
The benefits here are many such as great child care, if you have children, a pleasant working environment, job security, and generally a more relaxed attitude towards work. I can confirm first hand that given the choice to do what i was doing in Canada (Project manager) and working here in a similar position, i would pick Sweden hands down. Life is too short to be pulling your hair out on the commute to work, stressful working environment, and stressful commute home. As Sweden's public transport system is so well developed, you never need to be cut off by that rusty jalopy again. You never have to stress at work about your assignment as you will generally get help from your co workers and the fikas are-a-plenty throughout the day.
One of the things you must get used to when working here is not to expect to save too much money every month. The average Swedish Salary is around 20,000 SEK per month which works out to about 14,000 after taxes and remember you still have to pay your rent, food, electric, etc.....Foreigners generally earn more money because they are used to earning more money in their home countries. Im not making a fortune but its over double the average and im happy with that.
Questions? Comments? Please post, i will help where i can!
The Swedish word of the day is: samarbeta which means to cooperate