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More and more young Swedes have decided that it is much easier to find work in the neighbouring oil rich country of Norway where a very similar language is spoken.
Yvonne Frestad of staffing services providers Manpower told 'Sveriges Radio' (Swedish radio), "they come with a positive attitude and they have good work ethics."
There are now more than 76,000 Swedish workers in Norway, 13,000 more than last year. Age J Hansen, Department Director of The Regional Employment Office NAV Rogaland, told Sveriges Radio, "unemployment in Norway has gone up like everywhere else but it is still only 3%. In Rogaland where the oil capital Stavanger is, unemployment is only 2.2% and we have shortages in several sectors, especially the health service and the social care services."
According to the latest data from Statistics Sweden, unemployment has reached 8% of the workforce. Worst hit are manufacturing, mining and quarrying as well as energy and the environment industry.