Sweden's Jobs Plan: Pay Youth to Go to Norway

Town offers travel, accommodation in Oslo

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 1, 2012 1:27 PM CDT

(Newser) – Sweden has a new strategy to shrink widespread youth unemployment: Send the kids to Norway. The Swedish government is working with the small town of Soderhamn to fund journeys to Oslo for people between the ages of 18 and 28, the Telegraph reports. "We had an unemployment rate of over 25%, so we had to find solutions," says an official. Now, the city council is providing tickets for the journey as well as a month's worth of nights in an Oslo hostel.

"Going to Norway to find work has always been quite popular with young people, but sometimes they ... don't know how to find a job or accommodation, so we thought we'd give them a bit of help with both," the official adds. Thus far, about 100 people have taken advantage of the program. "I came here on a Thursday and on Monday morning I had a job, so it was fast," said one young man who's now a truck driver. "It almost felt a bit unreal, as if you have come to the promised land."

Sweden Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt speaks with the media as he arrives for an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012.   (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)
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