February is upon us soon, that is the month every year that sees the most parents staying home from work with sick children.
There has also been a dramatic increase in the amount of people taking sick days for themselves. Since last year the number of people receiving compensation while sick has increased from 150,000 to 170,000. The figure is a cause for concern for the conservative Moderate Social Insurance Minister Ulf Kristersson. He said to Swedish Television:"If people are home sick instead of being at work there is a personal cost. People make less money and their performance at work is at risk in the long term. But there is also a cost to society."