Sick leave

Fewer Swedes Off Work Sick

Not since 1982 have so few Swedes been on sick leave from work. That’s according to new figures from the Swedish Social Insurance Board. They claim the low figures are due to an increased awareness in society about who should be on sick leave and who shouldn’t.

18% fewer sick days were reported in March 2009 compared with the same month one year ago.

Erik Ward, who works with people that have had their sick leave applications turned down, says that a stricter attitude from the Social Insurance Board has also had an impact. Speaking to Swedish Radio news, he says that anyone wanting to go on sick leave now needs to have all the right papers and certificates. In the past, he claims, the authority was slightly more relaxed.

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