The recruitment of international students and researchers has become critical for Swedish organizations. This is due to the growing need for competent talent mostly in knowledge-intensive industries. However, the vast majority of competent international talent leaves Sweden after finishing their studies.

Switch to Sweden - improve the match between highly skilled international talent and Swedish organizations

These are the main objectives of the three-year project that works as a facilitator and enabler between Swedish organizations and international talent.


  1. Carry out analyses of needs and opportunities to increase the successful matches between international talents and Swedish organizations.


  1. Promote the AI matchmaking tool and further develop it, for qualified matches between international talent and Swedish employers including business, public sector, and research institutes.


  1. Develop a soft transit program to source cutting-edge expertise from international businesses and drive innovation in Swedish companies. At the same time, the creation of a “plug and play” activity between international organizations and Swedish companies will be made.


Main activities

These are specific efforts for the continuous improvement of matches between international talent and Swedish organizations. Each activity has the capacity to be scaled from a regional to a national level on the following focused areas:

Research, analysis, and information dissemination

Mapping and research of international talents’ needs located in Sweden mostly from the knowledge-based sector. 

Mapping and research of the business community and employers’ needs in their recruitment of international talents.

Communicating and sharing of main findings and results with all the interested parties, collaborators, and main project stakeholders.

AI matchmaking tool development

Connect academia, international talent, and the business community actively and engagingly to share knowledge and create potential collaborations.

Facilitate encounters and network processes between talents and companies.

Soft landing and transit

Facilitate the innovative collaboration among international and national businesses during knowledge-exchange activities from visiting companies or talent during specific periods of time.

Invite regions to learn best practices and develop strategic programs in order to ensure the supply of skills of international talent for limited time periods.

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Global goals contribution

Some of the 17 global goals in the 2030 agenda are of greater importance in this project:

Goal 8:

Promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all

Increasing the working conditions opportunities for a greater scope of talent that currently is not being employed in the country, even with high demand for talent supply.


Goal 9:

Sustainable industry, innovations, and infrastructure

With adequate talent in innovative industries, the sustainable development of new infrastructures and technologies can be possible.


Goal 10:

Reducing inequality

By using AI in a matchmaking tool, there are opportunities to work with an equal and equal match. In the tool, participating talents and companies will also be able to choose which goals best suit their values. With this, we can match talent and business around certain challenges and work together for solutions.


Goal 17:

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

The importance of collaboration between diverse organizations, industries from a local to a national and international level is key to supporting the business sustainable ecosystem in Sweden. 


Switch to Sweden in numbers so far

More than 80 international candidates have participated

More than 16 successful matches between candidates and companies have been made

More than 10 candidates have continued in a recruitment process


Switch to Sweden is a project funded by Vinnova

Vinnova is Sweden’s innovation agency. They help to build Sweden’s innovation capacity, contributing to sustainable growth. Their vision is that Sweden is an innovative force in a sustainable world.
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