So, you live in Sweden and want to host an au pair? What are the requirements for becoming a host family in Sweden? What does the process consist of? In short, how do you become a host family in Sweden?
Requirements for the host family
These are the requirements for becoming a host family in Sweden:
- At least one or more children under the age of 18 live in your home
- You do not have the same nationality as the au pair
- You speak Swedish in your family life
- You have appropriate accommodation in your home for the au pair
- Your au pair should take care of your children and do light housework
Au pairs and Swedish host families must sign an au pair contract with the specifics of their agreement, such as working hours, schedule, holidays, pocket money, and other rules.
Minimum and maximum stay
Au pairs in Sweden can stay in the country for a maximum of 12 months.
As a host family in Sweden, you will pay your au pair a minimum of 3,500 Swedish Krona (SEK) monthly, which equates to approximately 325 EUR. Au pairs receive their pocket money also during holidays and when they fall ill. Au pairs are subject to taxes on their monthly pocket money.
Au pairs should attend a Swedish language course during their stay, which is funded by the state. Their work hours combined with study hours should equate to approximately 40 hours a week. Au pairs need to include their enrollment in a Swedish language course with their application.
Amount of working hours
Au pairs in Sweden can work a maximum of 25 hours per week with a maximum of 5 hours per day toward their au pair duties. Au pairs cannot work more than 40 hours per week with their au pair duties and language course combined.
Days off and holidays
There are no official regulations regarding holidays and days off for au pairs. Typically, au pairs should get at least one full day off a week. We recommend that au pairs get 4 weeks of time off for a 12-month stay.
We also recommend that au pairs get public holidays off so they can learn more about Swedish culture and get the most from their cultural exchange experience.
Au pair insurance
Host families are required to take out private insurance for the au pairs to cover them throughout their stay. We can help guide you in the process of choosing an insurance plan that best suits your family and au pair’s needs.
Are you ready to become a host family in Sweden?
As discussed, there are a number of conditions that you must meet to host an au pair. You have a lot of responsibility as a host family in Sweden! No worries, we will guide you when you have questions.
If you want to go ahead and look for an au pair, you can register here. We’d love to look for the perfect candidate for your family!