What is it like to Move & Work at Malmö

As a dynamic and multicultural city, Malmö provides many career prospects for expatriates. Finding a job in Malmö can be quite difficult, but not impossible. Indeed, Malmö is one of Scandinavia’s first heavily industrialized cities. It has greatly developed, during the past era, especially in terms of architecture.

Thus, the city has been attracting many companies which are specialized in biotechnology, medical technology, environmental technology, information and communication technology, digital media, transports, financial services, business, leisure, entertainment, construction, etc. Moreover, its university, founded in 1998, attracts some 15,000 students every year.

Malmö is not only a global city but also a major Southern commercial hub. Its diverse and multicultural population comprises not less than 170 nationalities. Over the years, Malmö has moved from being an industrial city to the world’s 4th most creative city.


Malmö used to be one of the pioneers of the national shipbuilding, construction and industrial sectors. However, its economy has evolved over the years, following a local recession period. Nowadays, it is based on new pillars such as technologies, transports, financial services, pharmaceutics, etc.

The Øresund Bridge, which links Sweden to Denmark, also clearly contributes to the local economy besides the University of Malmö. Moreover, many companies have set up their head offices in the area thanks to its promising aspects. Subsequently, thousands of jobs have been created.

Find a job

Before arriving to this city, in order to find a job one must browse job websites and professional social networks on the Internet by typing the following keywords: “employment malmö sweden”, “finding a job in Malmö sweden”, “expatriate job malmö”.

If you are already on the spot, consider sending spontaneous job applications to companies operating across the city. You might be lucky! Who knows?

Once you have entered the city or country and has the right to work then it is good to register with the Arbetsförmedlingen, that is the local labor office, or private employment agencies. Arbetsförmedlingen may help you find the appropriate job according to your profile and skills. Note that the labor office provides not only assistance to job seekers but also special integration programs.

Useful links: Expat.com – Jobs in Malmö, Malmö Official Portal – Jobs malmo.se, Graduateland graduateland.com, Arbetsförmedlingen – Malmö www.arbetsformedlingen.se, Glassdoor Malmö www.glassdoor.co.in, Monster Sweden www.monster.se

Looking for a job in Skane? 

Skåne, Founded in 1997 following the fusion of two provinces, which are Kristianstad and Malmöhus, Skane is the Southernmost region in Sweden. Stretching over 3% of the country, Skane hosts not less than 13% of the Swedish population. In fact, Skane comprises 33 municipalities, among which Malmö is the biggest one.

Living near Copenhagen city but still around the heart of Sweden, indeed, Skane provides many professional opportunities to skilled expatriates, promises a very healthy and quality lifestyle.

Economy and labor market

Health care and social services are the most active sectors in Skane. Indeed, most of the active population is involved in these sectors, like in the rest of the country. In 2013, unemployment rate in the region was at 4.2 %, accounting for 33,051 persons. However, rates vary from one municipality to another.

Thus, the highest unemployment rate was recorded in Malmö, that is 5.9 % against 1.7 % in Lomma for the same period. On the other hand, below is some information regarding employment in the following municipalities in 2013 (source: Statistics Sweden, Business Register):

  • Skane region – 7.2 %
  • Malmö – 4.1 %
  • Lunds – 2.2 %
  • Helsingborgs – 1.6%
  • Kristianstads – 1.5 %
  • Lunds universitet – 1.2 %
  • Landskrona – 0.8 %
  • Trelleborgs – 0.8 %
  • Hässleholms – 0.8 %
  • Rikspolisstyrelsen – 0.7 %

Promising fields

Most jobs in Skane are available in the following sectors:

  • agriculture – 13.8 %
  • manufacturing, mining, energy – 4.8 %
  • construction industry – 8 %
  • trade and commerce – 13.8 %
  • hotels and restaurants – 2.8 %
  • transport and storage 2.8 %
  • real estate, insurance and credit institutions – 24.8 %
  • local authorities, education and health care – 8.1 %
  • social services – 16.1 %.