Health and medical care

Living in Europe | Medical care | Sweden

The official website 1177.se offers extensive advice on healthcare topics in several languages as well as a search function (in Swedish) for nearby healthcare centres.

It is a 24-hour provider of free healthcare information and consulting. Phone 1177, or if you call from outside Sweden the number is: +46 771 11 77 00.

If you are planning to stay in Sweden for at least one year, you must generally be entered into the Swedish population register. You do this by registering with the Swedish Tax Agency. Once you are registered in Sweden (have received a personal identification number), you are entitled to healthcare under the same conditions as other residents of Sweden. This means that you pay the regular Swedish patient fee for medical care in the public healthcare system.

If you live or work in Sweden, you are also covered by Swedish social insurance. This means that you may be entitled to various benefits from the state. Social insurance aims to provide financial security at every stage of life.

In Sweden the Social insurance is administered by Försäkringskassan and and they will also ensure that you get the benefits and allowances you are entitled to. All application forms and rules are published on their website www.forsakringskassan.se

Read more about this under the heading Social Security.

Read more about Medical treatment in Sweden