Hosting an Au Pair in Sweden
Requirements for Host Families in Sweden
At least one of the parents has to be a Swedish citizen
Able to provide an individual bedroom for the Au Pair
Able to provide a Swedish language course that fits the Au Pair's schedule
You need your Au Pair help in providing care for your children and your Au Pair will be treated as an equal member of the family for the duration of the au pair stay
Documents for Indonesian Au Pairs to complete for visa application before entering Sweden:
Au Pair's passport valid during the entire stay
Enrolment Certificate of Swedish language course provided by Host Family
Au Pair contract between the Host Family and the Au Pair, specifying details of duties, working hours, pocket money, holiday entitlements, etc.
After the Au Pair entering Sweden
Shortly after arriving in Sweden, your Au Pair should register with the Skatteverket (The Swedish Tax Agency) which will be able to provide more information on the exact amount of tax an Au Pair pays. Note: Despite paying tax, your Au Pair will still receive a monthly pocket money to the value of SEK 3,500 gross.
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.
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.
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)
Swedish language course
All Au Pairs take 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. Indonesian Au Pairs applying for a work permit, a certificate of enrolment in a Swedish language course has to be enclosed with their work permit application.