Eternal Employment: Do Whatever You Want in a Swedish Train Station Forever

“In 2025, applications will be accepted for the job of a lifetime—literally. A fair starting salary, with annual wage increases that match those for Swedish government workers, vacation time, even a pension, and the job is yours for as long as you do it. So what’s the job? Anything you want.

Each morning, the chosen employee will punch a clock in Korsvägen train station, currently under construction in Gothenburg, Sweden, which will turn on a bank of bright fluorescent lights. Other than that, “the position holds no duties or responsibilities besides the fact that the work should be carried out at Korsvägen. Whatever the employee chooses to do constitutes the work,” reads the job description. The employee can also choose how publicly visible or anonymous they would like to be while on the clock.”

—Noor Al-Samarrai, “Atlas Job: Do Whatever You Want in a Swedish Train Station Forever.” Atlas Obscura. March 4, 2019.

What would you do?

3 thoughts on “Eternal Employment: Do Whatever You Want in a Swedish Train Station Forever

  1. Wow! the perfect job….starting with ‘turning the lights on’, a paid opportunity to just continue to live my life as I am but for part of the time in a contained space. Transit places always give people the opportunity to get outside themselves…… airports, train stations a moment between here and there. I would sit and write in the public spaces engage travellers in conversation gleaning bits of wisdom as they pass through.

    I would be of service when I could to help others on their way, just basically do what I do in real life but get paid for it.

    A perfect job for someone……

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