The union for self-employed workers


DIK is the union for self-employed people working in culture and communication and the creative sector. Our strength is that we have considerable knowledge and expertise about what it is like to work specifically in our members’ industries.

Self-employed people are in a special situation in the labour market. On the one hand, there is a great degree of freedom concerning how, where and when to work as well as on what – this is often one of the drivers for starting your own business. On the other hand, being self-employed is characterised by greater insecurity. Self-employed people lack many of the benefits linked to permanent employment contracts in Sweden.

DIK’s work for our self-employed members is about strengthening both these sides. We work on shaping opinion so as to give our self-employed members access to the social security systems, but we also offer insurance policies, legal assistance, continued professional development, lectures and seminars. And much more.

Our members work in culture, in advertising agencies, at museums and, for example, as communications officers in public services. We also organise e.g. archivists and video game developers, cultural managers, linguists and interpreters. The unifying theme is culture, communication and the creative sector.

We have worked with the same groups for decades and have great experience of our members’ conditions, challenges and opportunities. Put simply, we are a professional association with specialist knowledge of the situation of our members.

This means that we can be specific – but also that we can design services especially for our members. Specialist knowledge concerning copyright law and intellectual property law is one example; media management and PR support as part of our business insurance policy for self-employed members is another.

We also work continuously for our self-employed members on creating meeting places for networking – both physical and digital spaces.

Membership includes for instance:

DIK is your source of security when the labour market is unsettled, but we can also inspire and help you develop when you want to move on in your career.

Become a member

Want to know more? Please, contact us at or call 08-480 040 00.