Since 2012 Ihavelanded have helped over 40.000 international students, immigrants, expats etc with their transition to Sweden.
With the IHL Emergency Card you will have information about you, your health and your personal emergency contacts. You will also have contact numbers in case of emergency situations or in case of force majeure situations. In addition medical advice and Health Care Centre numbers as well as numbers to the Swedish tax authorities will be included.
Emergency number: 112
Force Majeure number: 113 13
Medical Advice number: 1177
Tax authorities number: 0771 567 567 (from abroad + 46 8 564 851 60)
You must have applied for and been granted a residence permit before entering Sweden. The Swedish Immigration Authorities (Migrationsverket) manage and grant residence permit applications. The application process normally takes no more than a month.
How to apply for a residence permit for studies at a university or university college please visit: www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Studying-in-Sweden/Universities-and-university-college/How-to-apply.html . You can also call +46 771 235 235 for questions.
Sweden has an excellent healthcare system which you are entitled to use when you are studying here. There are no vaccination requirements for coming to Sweden, or for travel within the EU. Doctors, nurses and dentists invariably speak English and, in many cases, other languages besides Swedish.
The emergency telephone number in Sweden is 112.
Insurance for EU/EEA citizens
You are entitled to access public medical services if you first register with the social insurance office in your home country. You will be issued with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). You need to have the card with you when you seek medical attention in Sweden.
As an international student you are also covered by a special insurance provided by the Swedish government; Student IN. This insurance includes accident cover, costs for home transport in case of illness or accident, liability cover, legal expenses and property cover. The insurance is valid when you are in Sweden, so for travel outside Sweden you will need additional insurance cover. Remember to always carry a certificate documenting your insurance. The insurance is valid when you are in the Schengen area (property cover is only valid in Sweden) if you have a Schengen visa. If you do not have a Schengen visa, the insurance is only valid in Sweden. For travel outside the Schengen area you will need additional insurance cover which you should get in your home country.
See document below.
Insurance for non-EU/EEA citizens
If you are staying in Sweden for more than one year, and have a valid residence permit to prove this, you are entitled to the same health care as all Swedes. You need to apply for a personal identity number at the Swedish Tax Office (Skatteverket), as soon as you arrive, to be eligible for this. This is only valid for students who are here for 12 months or longer. Students who are staying in Sweden for less than one year are usually covered by reciprocal agreements that Sweden has with some, but not all, countries.
If you are a non-EU/EEA student paying tuition fees for your studies, you are also covered by a special insurance provided by the Swedish government, FAS +. You are covered by this insurance regardless of how long your study period is (if it is less or more than 12 months). This insurance includes accident cover, costs for home transport in case of illness or accident, liability cover, legal expenses and property cover. The insurance is valid when you are in the Schengen area (property cover is only valid in Sweden) if you have a Schengen visa. If you do not have a Schengen visa, the insurance is only valid in Sweden. For travel outside the Schengen area you will need additional insurance cover which you should get in your home country.
See document below.
Insurance for exchange students
All students who study at Lund University are covered for accidents occurring within the framework of their studies (for example: during classes, while studying at a university library and while travelling from their accommodation to the University).
In addition, the Swedish government provides special insurance for exchange students (Student IN) to provide, for example, accident cover, cover for certain medical expenses (where no other cover exists) and liability cover. Note that this insurance only applies in Sweden, so for travel outside Sweden you will need additional insurance cover which you should get in your home country. Remember to bring a certificate documenting your insurance.
EU/EEA citizens are required by the Swedish authorities to have comprehensive medical insurance (European Health Insurance Card) during their studies in Sweden. Please contact the health insurance institution in your home country for the required documents before coming to Sweden.
Almost 206 million Europeans already have the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), according to the latest figures available for 2014.
The EHIC card, available free of charge, gives you access to medically necessary, state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in any of the 28 EU countries, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, under the same conditions and at the same cost (free in some countries) as people insured in that country. Cards are issued by your national health insurance provider.
The EHIC card confirms that a person is entitled to receive medical treatment that becomes necessary on a temporary stay abroad from the host country’s public healthcare system on the same terms and at the same cost as nationals of that country. The EHIC cannot be used to cover planned medical treatment in another country.
Hospitals that provide public health services are obliged to accept the EHIC. In the vast majority of cases, patients presenting the EHIC receive the necessary healthcare and are reimbursed without any problems. Citizens should be aware that the card is issued for free by their national health insurance provider in the home country, without any need of paying charges to intermediaries who offer help for the application process.
The EHIC application gives information about the card, emergency phone numbers, treatments that are covered and costs, how to claim reimbursement and who to contact in case you have lost your card. The app covers 28 EU countries, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. It is available in 25 languages, with the option to switch from one language to another. However, the app does not replace the EHIC. Go to http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=563&langId=en and start your application process.
The European Health Insurance Card is not an alternative to travel insurance. It does not cover any private healthcare or costs such as a return flight to your home country or lost/stolen property, does not cover your costs if you are travelling for the express purpose of obtaining medical treatment, does not guarantee free services.
Swedish Health Care Centres (Hälsovårdscentraler)
If you get ill or need advice about your health, you should contact a Primary Care Centre (PCC). They are normally open weekdays from 08.00-17.00 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
The staff consists of doctors, nurses, midwives, physiotherapists, dieticians, counselors and psychologists, among others. The expertise covers everything from health care, counseling and rehabilitation to health promotion, palliative care and research. The PCC operate all over the country in all counties.
You have the right to get a medical assessment the same day you contact a PCC. If you are considered in need of immediate treatment you will get an appointment. If you have chosen a PCC you should contact them. If you have not yet chosen a PCC, find out more under “Your health care choices”.
You can also call the Health Care Information at 1177, open 24-hours a day all year around. If you are abroad you can contact the Health Care Information at + 46 771-11 77 00. At www.1177.se you can find information in Swedish as well as in other languages.
At The Health Care Information you get medical advice from a registered nurse, advice on how to take care of yourself, or information on where you can go if your condition calls for care by a doctor. Poison information call 020-22 00 06 daytime or 112 if it’s an emergency.
In emergency call 112.
Your health care choices
You have the right to use the PCC of your choice. By enlisting to a PCC you choose your “own” doctor and your visits will be discounted. There may be any number of reasons that you prefer a particular PCC. For instance, it might be most convenient to choose one that is close to your home or job, or maybe some members of its staff speak your native language. You can obtain outpatient care wherever you like in Sweden. You decide!
Ihavelanded has partnered with Capio AB, a leading European health care provider. Together with Capio’s more than 70 Swedish PCC clinics Ihavelanded can now offer an easy way to enlist. Fill out the PCC Enlisting Information below and Send. We will then email the application form to you for your signature. After you have signed the form you scan and email it to pcclisting@ihavelanded. If you cannot scan and email you send the form by mail to ihavelanded AB, Fiskehamnspromenaden 11b, 211 18 Malmö, SWEDEN.
After enlisting Capio will though their corporate health care partner Comveritas contact you and present special benefits, health care programs, seasonal vaccinations, etc.
If you have moved to Sweden from abroad and are planning to live here for one year or more you should normally be registered in the Swedish Population Register. You do this at the Swedish Tax Authorities (Skatteverket) +46 770 567 567. The local offices will assist you with practicalities. Observe that the Swedish Tax Authorities are managing the revenue services for the government but are a highly professional and service oriented public servant organization.
To be registered in the Swedish Population Register means that you have a personal identity number and that you are registered as living at a certain address and property. In addition to that, your marital status, spouse (if applicable), children and parents are also registered in the register. To be registered you must apply in person to the Swedish Tax Agency. A residence permit and residence permit card must be presented if you are a citizen of a country outside the EEA or if you are stateless.
Right of residence for EEA students
If you are a citizen of the EEA you may have right of residence in Sweden. If you have right of residence you do not need to have a residence permit. This is in purpose to facilitate the right to move freely within the EU. All EEA students shall however be able to present the European health insurance card.
You have right of residence if, in addition to being an EEA citizen, you can provide a matriculation letter or proof of registration as a student at a university or college.
Right of residence for international non-EEA students
If you are going to study in Sweden you must provide a matriculation letter or proof of registration as a student at a university or college. Also bring a certificate of admission from your school showing the time period of your studies. You need to show that you have comprehensive health insurance valid for a year in Sweden. You also need to submit a self-signed assurance that you have sufficient funds for your support for the duration of your studies.
Swedish Social Security
If your studies are for more than one year your residency permit will give you the rights to register for a Swedish personal number and thus giving you full social security according to Swedish law. If this is the case you can choose to have a dedicated health care provider lowering the costs when visiting your local health care provider. Please find the form for choosing health care provider, see below Claim Application Health Care Centre.
Documentation of right of residence
When you register your move to Sweden, it is important to bring all the documentation that shows you have right of residence for at least one year. This will facilitate the Tax Agency´s handling of your application.
What is the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan)?
If you live or work in Sweden you are covered by the Swedish social insurance. It provides financial protection for families and children, for persons with a disability and in connection with work injury, illness and old age. Försäkringskassan’s role is to administer the social insurance and to ensure that you get the benefits and allowances you are entitled to.
If you have been registered in the population register in Sweden, you do not need to register with Försäkringskassan.
Important – the European Health Insurance Card is not an alternative to travel insurance. It does not cover any private healthcare or costs such as a return flight to your home country or lost/stolen property, does not cover your costs if you are travelling for the express purpose of obtaining medical treatment, does not guarantee free services.
If you do not have an European Health Insurance Card and you are a non-EU/EEA citizen you must have a travel insurance when travelling outside of Sweden.