Investing in Youth: Sweden

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This report is part of the series on "Investing in Youth" which builds on the expertise of the OECD on youth employment, social support and skills. This series covers both OECD countries and countries in the process of accession to the OECD, as well as some emerging economies. The report provides a detailed diagnosis of youth policies in the area of education, training, social and employment policies. Its main focus is on disadvantaged youth including those at risk of disengaging.



Executive summary

Sweden has relatively favourable labour market outcomes for youth. While in 2015, nearly 10% of 15-29 year olds (177 000 young people) were not in employment, education or training (NEET) this is well below the OECD average of 15%. Around half of Swedish NEETs were “inactive”, that is, they are not looking for work. The NEET rate rose from 9% to 12% between 2007 and 2009, but has declined in recent years thanks to the recovery from the financial crisis.


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