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Everyone in Sweden is entitled to emergency care. Citizens of the EU/EEA or Switzerland (who have a European Health Insurance Card [EHIC]) are entitled to emergency treatment at the same subsidised cost as Swedish residents, while citizens from countries outside the EU will pay a higher cost. It is therefore recommended that citizens of non-EU/EEA countries and Switzerland take out comprehensive travel insurance from their home countries.

For citizens of EU/EEA countries and Switzerland

If you are a citizen of the EU/EEA you will need a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for your visit to Sweden. You can download the EHIC app here and read more about the card.

You should apply for the card in your own country before travelling to Sweden. If there is a long waiting time for the card to be issued, you can request a temporary certificate.

The card entitles you to receive care at the same cost as Swedish citizens. If you do not have an EHIC card, you must ensure that you have travel insurance from your home country that covers your medical expenses in Sweden. Otherwise your hospital stay can be expensive. Everyone in Sweden is entitled to emergency care.

If you plan to stay in Sweden for more than one year you can register at the Swedish Tax Agency for a personal identity number. The personal identity number entitles you to all forms of medical treatment in Sweden according to the normal Swedish patient fee.

If you or a member of your family suffer from a non-serious condition you will find helpful information on different diseases and symptoms on the website 1177.se. Information is available in several languages.

Read more about Swedish healthcare for foreign citizens living and working in Sweden here.

For citizens of countries outside the EU/EEA, visits of less than one year

 If you are a citizen of a country outside of the EU/EEA and plan to stay in Sweden for a period of less than one year, you are not covered by the Swedish healthcare system. Furthermore, you are not permitted to register with the Swedish Tax Agency to obtain a personal identity number. However, there are a number of international agreements on healthcare between countries outside the Schengen Area and Sweden. Contact the Social Security office in your own country to find out if your country has an agreement with Sweden. Even if an agreement does not exist, you are still always entitled to emergency treatment in Sweden.

If no agreement between your country and Sweden exists you should take out medical insurance in your own country to cover any health care costs in Sweden.

If you or a member of your family suffer from a non-serious condition there is helpful information on different diseases and symptoms on the website 1177.se. Information is available in several languages.

For citizens of non EU/EEA countries, visits of one year or more

If you are a citizen of a non EU/EEA country, the Schengen Area and plan to stay in Sweden for at least one year you can register at the Swedish Tax Agency and to obtain a personal identity number. The personal identity number entitles you healthcare at the same costs for Swedish citizens. If the decision about your personal identity number takes time you are still entitled to healthcare at the same cost as for Swedes during the registration period. The prerequisite is that you can provide proof that you have registered with the Swedish Tax Agency. Remember that you are always entitled to emergency healthcare in Sweden. It is always a good idea to have health insurance from your home country that covers your medical expenses in Sweden.

If you or a member of your family suffer from a non-serious condition there is helpful information on different diseases and symptoms on the website 1177.se. Information is available in several languages.

Read more about healthcare for foreign citizens who are resident in Sweden for a longer period.

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