Two Swedish Artists Are Hiring One Lucky Person to Do Absolutely Nothing for the Rest of Their Lives
Simon Goldin and Jakob Senneby have created the Eternal Employment project, offering an open-ended job at a Swedish train station in 2025.
A covetable new job is opening up in Sweden in 2025. It boasts a competitive salary with annual wage increases, permanent job security, and an enviable package of perks.
The duties? Absolutely anything you want them to be.
The stunt, called Eternal Employment, is the brainchild of Swedish artists Simon Goldin and Jakob Senneby, who are known for conceptual projects that explore economics.
As Atlas Obscura reports, the duo will award one person an open-ended, lifetime job with no rules or responsibilities other than that their work (such as it is) be carried out at Korsvägen, a massive transportation hub in Gothenburg, Sweden. The worker can spend their time on the clock however they see fit—napping, learning Latin, watching Friends reruns—so long as they check in and out of Korsvägen at the beginning and end of every day.
While the official application won’t be posted until closer to the opening of the new Korsvägen station in 2026, the comprehensive job description is up now. It states that the employee must punch the clock every morning—a process that will activate the lights at the station. They will be given a dedicated area where they can keep their belongings. They are guaranteed lifetime employment. Should the person choose to resign or retire, another employee will be chosen.
The city of Korsvägen—which was once home to Volvo—is currently undergoing a transformation from a manufacturing center into a cultural hub. It was this shift that inspired the artists to develop the project. As the working class is threatened to be squeezed out of the city, Goldin and Senneby have created a job that gives complete control to the worker, shifting the power dynamics.
The project is funded by a $650,000 prize from the Public Art Agency Sweden and the Swedish Transport Administration. The salary will be paid for by the interest the prize money accrues. “The endless duration of this employment is feasible because money pays better than work,” the description reads. “As long as we live in a society where the return on capital is substantially higher than the average increase in wages, Eternal Employment is kept afloat.”
Goldin and Senneby have set up a foundation to oversee the project, an entity that will be responsible for choosing the candidate, doling out their compensation, and ensuring that the endowment is not in jeopardy of running out. The foundation board will also be tasked with “collecting and making accessible secondary mediation, such as news stories, reportages, rumors, jokes, and urban legends the project generates over time.”
If you get the gig, rest assured you will be doing important conceptual work even if you spend your days doing nothing but looking at Instagram. “What remains in an employment without productivity is time,” the job description notes. “In this sense we can understand the employee as a witness of time. Even an embodiment of time itself.”
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