The King and Queen with Director General Angeles Bermudez-Svankvist. Photo: The Swedish Public Employment Service
On Thursday 17 January, The King and Queen visited the Swedish Public Employment Service's head office in Stockholm.
During their visit, The King and Queen learnt about the Swedish Public Employment Service's assessment of the labour market situation and the initiatives and programmes aimed at job seekers and employers. They also found out about the opportunities available to encourage more people into the labour market. After the visit, The King said: "This has been an interesting visit, providing valuable information about how the Swedish Public Employment Service is working to get more people into employment. Today's visit was also an excellent complement to my visit yesterday to the Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy in Uppsala." Angeles Bermudez-Svankvist, Director General of the Swedish Public Employment Service, explained that the role of the body has grown in recent years. The Establishment Reform and the Health Insurance Reform have meant that there is a higher proportion of job seekers today for whom the process of starting work has become longer. There are now a number of forms of subsidised employment that enable employers to open their doors to even more young people, recent immigrants, disabled people and the long-term unemployed. Find out more about the Swedish Public Employment Service here. Find out more about The King's visit to the Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy here.