Live in Sweden for less than 12 months

Persons from the Nordic countries, EU/EEA and Switzerland

Foreign citizens are entitled to emergency care in Sweden. If you are a citizen in another EU/EEA country, or Switzerland, and are staying in Sweden for less than twelve months, you need a European Health Insurance Card to prove that you are entitled to emergency care at the ordinary fee. If you do not have a card, you may have to pay the entire cost. The card can be ordered from the authority in the home country equivalent to the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan).

If you obtain non-emergency care and do not want to pay more than the fee, you must have a certificate indicating that your country of origin will pay the rest. If you do not have such a certificate, you will be responsible for the entire cost. 

If you stay less than twelve months, you may be entitled to some of the social insurance benefits provided by the Swedish Social Insurance Agency, for example, sickness, parental and temporary parental benefits, but this depends on many different factors. Thus, before leaving for Sweden, it is important that you review your insurance cover. It may be a good idea to contact both the Swedish Social Insurance Agency and the national health insurance provider in your home country to find out what cover you have.

On arrival in Sweden, you must register with the Swedish Social Insurance Agency by filling in form 5456 "Information required to obtain social insurance coverexternal link, opens in new window". The Swedish Social Insurance Agencywill process your application and decide whether you are entitled to a particular benefit.

More information can be found at the Swedish Social Insurance Agency's website; Insured in Swedenexternal link, opens in new window

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Non-EU/EES citizen

Please note that if you are a non-EU/EEA citizen staying in Sweden for less than twelve months, you are not entitled to healthcare at the ordinary fee. You may be entitled to some of the social insurance benefits provided by the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan), for example sickness, parental and temporary parental benefits, but this depends on many different factors. It is therefore important that you obtain health insurance on your own.

On arrival in Sweden, you must register with the Swedish Social Insurance Agency by filling in form 5456 "Information required to obtain social insurance coverexternal link, opens in new window". The Swedish Social Insurance Agency will process your application and decide whether you are entitled to a particular benefit.

More information can be found at the Swedish Social Insurance Agency's website; Insured in Swedenexternal link, opens in new window

Content updated 2018-04-24






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