Internal restructuring
European Union
Location of affected unit(s)
Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and other countries
Electricity, Gas, Steam And Air Conditioning Supply
Electricity, Gas, Steam And Air Conditioning Supply
35 - Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply

2,450 - 2,500 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
6 March 2013
Employment effect (start)
6 March 2013
Foreseen end date
31 December 2015


On 6 March 2013, Swedish power company Vattenfall announced its intention to lay off about 2,450 staff by 2015 in an attempt to cut costs. Most of these job cuts will take place in Germany (1,500 positions), followed by the Netherlands (500) and Sweden (400). The remainder 50 job cuts will take place in other countries with no further specifications (Denmark, Finland, Poland or the UK). According to reports from Germany, where Vattenfall currently employs around 20,000 people, the job cuts will mostly affect staff in Berlin, Cottbus and Hamburg. German trade unions have announced strikes as a response to these job cuts.

Swedish state-owned Vattenfall currently employs around 34,000 employees worldwide.


  • 6 March 2013: Frankfurter Rundschau
  • 6 March 2013: Huffingtonpost
  • 6 March 2013: Hamburger Morgenpost
  • 6 March 2013: Press Release (Vattenfall)


Eurofound (2013), Vattenfall, Internal restructuring in European Union, factsheet number 75044, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/75044.