Working as a Government Employee

As a government employee in Sweden, you work on behalf of your fellow citizens.

Dalarna University’s aims and activities are governed by the legislation and regulations drawn up by government and parliament.

Each government agency works in accordance with an annual mandate (regleringsbrev), which determines their work and budget allocation.

Dalarna University is governed primarily by the Swedish Higher Education Act (Högskolelagen) and the Higher Education Ordinance (Högskoleförordning). Because it employs a workforce, the University must also adhere to other legislation, such as the Work Environment Act (Arbetsmiljölagen).

Our Values

The government sector is founded on a common set of values, which form the basis for all legislation and regulations. 

This common set of values comprises six principles:

  • Democracy: all public power comes from the people.
  • Legality: the exercise of public power is subject to the rule of law.
  • Objectivity and equal treatment: everyone is equal in the eyes of the law. Authorities and courts must treat everyone equally.
  • Freedom of opinion: public power must be based on freedom of opinion.
  • Respect: public power must be exercised with respect for human freedom and the equal value of everyone.
  • Efficiency and service: university operations should be conducted with the optimum balance between value and quality given the resources that are available.

Public Access to Official Documents (Offentlighetsprincipen)

In public administration, the principle of transparency applies. This means that the media and the general public have the right to access official documents. Only classified documents are exempt.

For example, as a government employee, you may be asked to provide your digital correspondence relating to a specific issue.

Secondary Occupation (Bisyssla)

The term “secondary occupation” refers to any work that you do that is in addition to your university employment. For example, you may have another employer or you may volunteer for a sports club.

Secondary Occupations, Important Information:

  • Generally speaking, you are permitted to have a secondary occupation, and it is up to you to decide what you do in your spare time. However, there are certain exceptions, such as if your secondary occupation could in any way affect the confidence and trust people have in you as a government employee or if it interferes or competes with your duties as a government employee.
  • If you are a member of the teaching staff at the University, then you must provide information about secondary occupation even if you do not have one. You must provide this information in Primula when you become a government employee, and you are required to update this on an annual basis or at the time there is a change in circumstances.
  • If you are not a member of teaching staff at the University, then you are required to provide information about any secondary occupation only if your immediate manager requests it.

Education and Training for Government Employees

Gender Mainstreaming in the Public Sector (60 minutes)

This online educational film provides a first orientation into what gender mainstreaming is all about. It also shows how gender mainstreaming can improve the quality of everyday work in both regional and municipal authorities. 

Online Educational Film, Jämställdhetsmyndighetens ( (in Swedish)

The Basics of State Governance (90 minutes)

This online educational film outlines the basics of state and financial governance. It is intended primarily for new government employees; however, even those who have worked for a few years for the government can benefit from its content. Take this introductory course before you take the course in government management, reporting and finance "Grundkurs i statlig styrning, redovisning och finansiering".

Online Educational Film, Ekonomistyrningsverket ( (in Swedish)


When you are employed at Dalarna University, you are given a BESTA code. This is a way of grouping positions. The code contains information about the area in which you work and a description of the level of your work duties.

Your work duties determine the level in your BESTA code. There is no regard given to other factors such as diligence, results, title, or education. The level does not reflect a specific wage: wages are determined by such factors as the level of difficulty of your work and the recruitment situation, and can differ by levels within your work area.

It is not uncommon for your work duties to change over time, which results in changes to your BESTA code. Before each wage review, Dalarna University conducts a general review of BESTA codes with the unions.

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