Sweden's Jobs Plan: Pay Youth to Go to Norway
Town offers travel, accommodation in Oslo
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 1, 2012 1:27 PM CDT
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)

(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."

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$8105658
Nov 1, 2012 3:50 PM CDT
sounds like the US/Mexico solution, at least before the US depression.
Scaramouche
Nov 1, 2012 3:19 PM CDT
How soon until Norway is giving them money to go back? "Paid Ping Pong People"
ApolitickalExtremist
Nov 1, 2012 3:11 PM CDT
Mexico actually does the same thing, they hand out pamphlets explaining the easiest route to the US and what to do once you get here to get "free" money. These pathetic politicians should be banned from working in government, not only do they ruin their own country but they send their poor people to go screw up other countries.