This page describes the healthcare system in Sweden and what applies to you as an international student if you need to seek healthcare in Sweden.
In case of illness
For issues regarding your healthcare, please call
Through the Swedish healthcare helpline (1177) you will get advice and help 24h a day. They will guide you to your nearest clinic/hospital.
If you are calling from a foreign phone number dial +46 771 11 77 00.
Finding your way around the Swedish healthcare system
The Swedish healthcare system is financed by a social insurance that provides all citizens with subsidised healthcare through the government. There are both public and private providers of healthcare. If you have obtained a Swedish personal identity number, or are a holder of the European Health Insurance Card, you are entitled to healthcare at the standard patient fee, with some exceptions depending on tax payer status. You can learn about physician or hospital fees at the 1177 Vårdguiden website.
Dental care is not fully subsidised and therefore relatively expensive in Sweden. Depending on your policy dental care might be covered by your medical insurance, or you might need to purchase separate dental insurance. Please study the insurance conditions to find out what is included in your insurance plan.
For ambulance assistant Call 112 (Swedish emergency number).
You can dial the number without cost from a mobile phone, land-line or public payphone. Call the emergency number 112 in the event of danger to life, property and environment.
For urgent but non life-threatening medical conditions you should turn to a local emergency unit (närakut). If you have a sudden and serious accident or illness go to an emergency hospital clinic (akutmottagning) at a hospital.
General medical care
Medical care is handled mainly through local health centers (vårdcentral). At a local health center you can receive healthcare for medical problems and illnesses that are non-urgent and not life-threatening. This is where most people go to see a general practioner who can then refer the patient to a specialist if necessary.
How does it work - Fees for foreign citizens
Healthcare guidelines vary depending on your country of citizenship and on the length of your studies. Before coming to Sweden and KTH it is therefore crucial to understand and ensure your medical insurance coverage. Make sure you have medical insurance coverage to avoid extra costs in case of an emergency or if you fall ill during an off campus activity. Find out what's applicable to you in the list below.
If you come to Sweden from another Nordic or EU/EEA country only to study, you are entitled to receive essential healthcare for the same patient fee as Swedish citizens. Essential healthcare is treatment that cannot wait until you return to your home country. What is considered as essential healthcare thus depends on how long you are planning to study in Sweden. If you wish to have healthcare which is not considered to be essential, you must accordingly pay the entire cost yourself if you do not have a Swedish personal identity number.
Must bring the European Health Insurance Card
To obtain essential healthcare for the same patient fee as Swedes, you must show proof of identity and your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) filled out by the social insurance office in your home country. With this card you are entitled to healthcare at the same standard patient fee as Swedish citizens. Bring the card any time you need to seek medical care. Holding an EHIC-card does not guarantee full healthcare coverage. Please check with the social insurance office in your home country for more details.
If you have a residence permit for less than 12 months in Sweden you need to have a comprehensive insurance that covers medical emergencies. When seeking medical attention you will need to pay for the treatment yourself and later fill out a claim form to be reimbursed by your insurance company (read more above). Make sure to read through the terms and conditions to find out in which situations the insurance applies.
You can read more about recommended insurance coverage and additional coverage offered through KTH here
Staying more than 12 months
International students who have obtained a residence permit for 12 months or more, can register in the Swedish population register to obtain a Swedish personal identity number. The personal identity number entitles you to the same patient fees as Swedish citizens for public healthcare. For questions about the Swedish health insurance please contact the Swedish social insurance agency.