Some will even have to take off from work to go the courses – or else be cut off from social benefits.
Others complain bitterly that the courses are notorious for not helping people get a job, and blast the present center-right government for promising to do more to bring so-called marginalized people back into the labor market.
Employees at the state employment offices admit that the new regulations are absurd but that they have no choice but to follow the rules.
Social Welfare minister Christina Husmark Pehrsson says, however, that no one that is seriously ill will be forced into the schemes. "If someone is seriously ill, if their health could be endangered by taking part in the programme, or if they have a mental illness, then the chances are that the Social Insurance Office will say they don't have to go to the job centres", according to news agency TT.