Employees are covered by a several insurances during working hours and business travels. Umeå University also provide guests and scholarship holders with an insurance.

Insurance for employees

Insurance for guests and scholarship holders (non-employed)

Insurance coverage in Sweden

  • Insurance provided by Umeå University

You are insured during working hours and business trips but need to take out a private insurance for your leisure time.

  • Access to medical and health insurance

With a Swedish personal identity number you get access to the Swedish medical and health insurance.
If your stay is less than one year you need a private health insurance or a EHIC card.

  • Access to social insurance

Social benefits are based on whether you live or work in Sweden. Even if you do not have a personal id number, you still may have access to some benefits.


Access to health care in Sweden

In order to get access to the healthcare system in Sweden you must be registered as a citizen in Sweden and receive a Swedish personal identity number (personnummer). With the id-number you pay the same reduced fees when visiting the doctor.
Register in Sweden

Staying less than a year
If you are from a country outside EU and plan to stay shorter time than one year in Sweden you will pay the full fee when visiting the doctor but can apply for reimbursement from the insurance via Umeå University.

If you are from an EU/EEA and plan to stay less than one year in Sweden you should to bring a EHIC card. The card certifies that you are covered by social insurance in another EU country and you will then pay a reduced fee for medical care.

Swedish social insurance

Social insurance generally includes everyone who lives or works in Sweden. Social insurance should provide financial security during the various stages of life. Social insurance therefore includes insurance and contributions to families with children, to the sick, to people with disabilities and to the elderly.

The Social Insurance Office (Försäkringskassan) administers social insurance and ensures that citizens receive the compensation and contributions they are entitled to.

Introduction to the Swedish social insurance and Försäkringskassan

Social insurance is divided into three levels and your time and assignments here determine what applies to you.

1. Benefits based on living in Sweden
- You are registered in the population and have a Swedish identity number (Scholarship holders)

2. Benefits based on working in Sweden
- You have a Swedish identity number or a coordination number and are employed

3. Benefits based on circumstances other than living or working in Sweden

Information about working based and living based benefits Försäkringskassan

Provide information to Försäkringskassan

If you move to Sweden and will not be registered as a citizen you should submit your details to Försäkringskassan and they will assess whether you are considered as residing or working in Sweden.

Fill out form 5456 and send it to Försäkringskassan. More information about how to register your details.

EHIC card (EU card)

When travelling on a business trip within EU you should bring with you an European Health Insurance Card (EU card).

This is a free card that gives you access to medically necessary, state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in any of the 28 EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, under the same conditions and at the same cost (free in some countries) as people insured in that country.

To be eligible for a card, you must be insured by or covered by a state social security system in any Member State of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland.

People from non-EU countries who are legally residing in the EU and are covered by a state social security scheme are also eligible for a card. However, nationals from non-EU countries cannot use their EHIC card for medical treatment in Denmark, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

After you have been successfully registered as living in Sweden and received a 10-digit Swedish personal identity number you can apply for an European Health Insurance Card, EHIC card.

If you become acutely sick while abroad but do not have your EHIC card with you, contact Försäkringskassan at +46 771-524 524 or for a provisional replacement certificate. You or your care provider must provide your Swedish personal identity number.

Försäkringskassans information about EHIC card (EU card)
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European Commission information about EHIC card (EU card) Learn more

Private insurance for leisure time

Everybody living in Sweden should arrange a private insurance such as a home insurance and an insurance for accidents.
These insurances will provides protection around the clock and is an important complement to the insurances provided by Umeå University. Both employees and guests/fellows are recommended to get additional insurances.

Contact an insurance company for more information.

Rosita Nilsson