Swedish employers prefer Swedish names

by Letizia Orlandi - 2013.04.09

Researchers have found that job applicants with Swedish sounding names are 50 percent more likely to be called back for an interview than people with Arabic names, based on a randomly generated experiment with CV and cover letters. Carlsson and his colleagues carried out a study in which over 5,500 CVs and cover letters were randomly generated and sent out to job announcements. Rather than just sending out the same letters with different names, the team randomly generated a mix of experiences and character traits, assigning a mix of fictional Arabic and Swedish names. The results prove that there is still a lot of discrimination in the Swedish labour market.