Protection of platform workers in Sweden. Part 2 Country report

In the future of work project funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers, more than 30 researchers from the five Nordic countries study: What are the main drivers and consequences of the changing future of work in the Nordic countries; In what ways will digitalisation, new forms of employment, and platform work influence the Nordic models; What kind of renewal in the regulation of labour rights, health and safety, and collective bargaining is warranted to make the Nordic model fit for the future. Through action and policy-oriented studies and dialogue with stakeholders, the objective is to enhance research-based knowledge dissemination, experience exchange and mutual learning across the Nordic boundaries. The project runs from 2017 to 2020, and is organised by Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research, Oslo. The project is divided into seven pillars. This paper is part of Pillar VI Labour law & regulations, and aims to highlight the effect of an unclear employment status on key elements of Nordic labour law and regulation, by using a typology of workers. The paper will map and discuss how the relevant legal norms apply to the traditional employee and the genuinely self-employed worker compared to a type of worker whose employment status is fundamentally unclear – the typical platform worker.

Westregård A. (2020), ‘Protection of platform workers in Sweden. Part 2 Country report’, Fafo, Nordic future of work project 2017–2020: Working paper 12. Pillar VI, Mar.


  • Research publication
  • Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden
  • Yes
  • no specific sector focus
  • social protection, employment status, platform characteristics and business model
  • English
  • Fafo (Institute for Labor and Welfare Research) (Research institute)
  • 2020
  • Open access
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