The Political Economy of Household Services in Europe

Part of the series Work and Welfare in Europe pp 129-149

Clean Homes on Dirty Conditions? — Regulation and Working Conditions in the Domestic Work Sector in Sweden

  • Catharina Calleman


In the past two decades, the demand for household services in Sweden has increased rapidly, mainly because of increasing wage differentials, the increasing demands of working life, and cuts in institutional care and other social services. At the same time, globalisation (and particularly the enlargement of the EU) has led to increased access to labour from countries with considerably lower wages than Sweden.