Healthcare in Sweden

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 1177

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.

For emergencies

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. 

Learn more about the emergency number 112 at the SOS Alarm website. 

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.

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. 

Learn about patient fees at 1177 Vårdguiden

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.

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.

More information about healthcare for foreign citizens can be found at the 1177 Vårdguiden website.

Find out about healthcare for foreign citizen at the 1177 Vårdguiden website