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Scandinavia — Swedes flee to Norway to escape the recession

25 September 2009

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.



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