Inspired by the U.S., Sweden and the rest of the European Union, will now introduce its own version of the so-called “green card” (the informal name for an ID card attesting to the permanent resident status of an alien in the United States).

The hope with this card, is that it will lure well-educated workers from countries outside the European Union; workers who today chose to work in countries like the US, Canada, and Australia. There are already rules for foreign labor in Sweden, and this card (which will be referred to as a “blue card” or “blått kort”) will not make much of a difference.


It will only be valid when it comes with a job offer with a salary of at least 43,500 SEK ($6,800) a month. It may be an advantage to apply for the “blue card” if you are interested in working in several EU countries and have plans to settle permanently in the EU. The universal acceptance of the card in all EU countries, and the ensuing more generous rules for a qualified foreign work force may also increase competition on the job market..
The Swedish government wants the card to be introduced on July 1, 2013.