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Sweden’s job of dreams will pay you to do nothing all day

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Fancy earning £1,750 a month to do nothing at all? Step right this way

Whether it’s a drinking session dressed up as a team away day, or that golden 20 minutes when the internet goes down, we all appreciate a bit of a break from the grind now and again. 

But for a new job opening in Sweden, the entire raison d’être is to do sweet nothing all day – and get paid for it. 

The position will be located in the country’s newest train station, Korsvägen, in the city of Gothenburg. And it’s a tad more existential than your average dream job

For starters, it’s really more of a conceptual art project than an employment opportunity alone. 

And then, there are zero duties involved. Absolutely nothing. 

The lucky candidate will simply clock in and out during allocated hours, switching on a series of fluorescent lights above a station platform as they do so. 

In-between time, they are free to do entirely as they please. Grab a Nando’s, shoot the breeze, or even leave the station and pop home for a nap – the choice is theirs. 

“The position holds no duties or responsibilities, other than that it should be carried out at Korsvägen,” reads the job description. “Whatever the employee chooses to do constitutes the work.” 

A habour in the Swedish city of Gothenburg

The scenic city of Gothenburg will be right on your doorstep

For this mighty effort, the employee will be rewarded with a salary of around £1,750 a month, plus holiday leave, a pension and annual wage increases (as reported by Mother Nature Network).

Plus, it’s open to any nationality, not just Swedes, and the job will last for an indefinite period of time.

But before you go brushing up that CV – “key skills: loafing around” – you should be aware that there are a few catches involved.

First, the job doesn’t come into play until the year 2026, when work on Korsvägen station is completed and the station opens to the public.

Secondly, the funding of it sounds just a little bit flaky. 

The role has been dreamt up by Swedish artists Simon Goldin and Jakob Senneby, who won a competition to contribute to the new station’s design back in 2017.

Instead of a typical mural, they suggested their “Eternal Employment” concept, which is intended both as a social experiment and a political statement. 

Women take a selfie on their phone at a station

Do what you like all day…

The artists will invest their £565,000 prize money into an equity firm to fund the job’s salary, which they predict will last for “eternity” – or at least 120 years.

The chosen candidate can leave or retire if they want to, but otherwise it’s a job for life.

Their presence is intended to showcase the world’s growing inequality (because it’s funded on capital investment alone, something that’s predicted to outstrip wage increases for an average job in Sweden).

It will also be an “anti-performance of indefinite duration. A single person with no script, no climax, no crescendo. Forever”.

Sound like your cup of tea? Find out more information on how to apply right here.   

Images: Madeleine Ragsdale on Unsplash, Getty

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Anna Brech

Anna Brech is a freelance journalist and former editor for stylist.co.uk. Her six-year stint on the site saw her develop a vociferous appetite for live Analytics, feminist opinion and good-quality gin in roughly equal measure. She enjoys writing across all areas of women’s lifestyle content but has a soft spot for books and escapist travel content.

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