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Young Swedes Look West

Young people in Sweden, especially highly educated ones, are turning to Norway for jobs, reports news agency TT.

Norway's tax authority says that the number of Swedes working there has increased by 25 per cent in two years. At the end of 2009 the number stands at 83, 600.

And one in three Swedes working in Norway is young - between 20 and 29 years old.

Pirjo Väänänen, an advisor at the Swedish Employment Agency, says that she gets more enquiries about working overseas from those with a university education.

"It is certainly a plus that wages are better than in Sweden, and that it is easier for young people to get work in Norway than in Sweden" says Johannes Sörbö, an advisor at the Norwegian employment agency Nav. He adds that young Swedish workers are popular with Norwegian employers.