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Ageing and Employment Policies/Vieillissement et politiques de l'emploi: Sweden 2003

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With rapidly aging populations, old-age pension reform and early-retirement schemes alone may not suffice to provide adequate employment opportunities. Additional measures will clearly be needed on wage scales, job discrimination, skills acquisition, and working conditions. Attitudes will also have to change about working later in life. Little is known, however, about what countries have been or should be doing on those issues. This report on Sweden begins a series of around 20 OECD country reports intended to fill the gap. Each contains a survey of the main employment barriers confronting older people, an assessment of existing remedial measures, and policy recommendations for further action.

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The Challenge ahead

Over the past three decades, the demographic position of Sweden has changed considerably. The Swedish population is ageing rapidly and as a result, has experienced a notable increase in the average age of the population. Key factors behind the transition include declining fertility rates and rising life expectancy...

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