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Work in Sweden

Here you can read about what applies if you work in Sweden and live in a different country. The information applies to those who have moved to Sweden and work here, those who work in Sweden and live in another country or those who are posted to Sweden. It also applies if you are a Swedish citizen and start working in Sweden after some time abroad.

Work refers to all types of gainful employment in Sweden, regardless of scope. When you work remotely, the work is usually counted as being performed in the country where you are physically located, even if your employer or client is in another country.

When do I need to report to Försäkringskassan that I am working in Sweden?

If you are going to work in Sweden but are not registered here, you need to register with Försäkringskassan. If you are going to be here for at least one year, you need to register your address at the Swedish Tax Agency so that you can be registered.

The Swedish Tax Agency (skatteverket.se)external link, opens in new window

If you want to apply for a compensation or an EU card from Försäkringskassan and have previously worked or lived in another country, you need to report that you are now working in Sweden. We need to investigate whether you should be insured here in order to assess whether you are entitled to the compensation you are applying for.

Insured in Sweden

Moving to Sweden

You report this on My pages (Mina sidor).

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Read more under the headings here if any of the following apply to you and if so, if you need to do something more.

 

If you live in one Nordic country and work in another, you are covered by the social insurance legislation of the country where you work. This means that you may be entitled to compensation from that country if, for example, you become ill.

If you work in Sweden and live in another Nordic country, you are covered by Swedish legislation and can receive compensation from Försäkringskassan. If you apply for a compensation related to your child, your child must have a Swedish coordination number from the Swedish Tax Agency. If you are in need of care, you must present your “Certificate on the right to healthcare benefits in Sweden”. You apply for the certificate on My pages (Mina sidor).

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If you are unable to use My pages (Mina sidor), you can send in this form:

5435 Application for a certificate of entitlement to medical carePDF

Websites on cross-border work

These three websites contain information about being a cross boarder worker in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland.

Øresunddirekt (Sweden-Denmark)

Øresunddirekt (oresunddirekt.se)external link, opens in new window

Grensetjänsten (Sweden-Norway)

Grensetjansten (grensetjansten.com)external link, opens in new window

Nordkalottens Gränstjänst (Sweden, Finland and Norway)

Nordkalottens Gränstjanst (granstjanst.se)external link, opens in new window

 

If you live in one country but work in another within the EU/EEA or Switzerland, you are covered by the social insurance legislation of the country where you work. This means that you may be entitled to compensation from that country if, for example, you become ill.

If you work in Sweden and live in another country within the EU/EEA or Switzerland, you are covered by Swedish legislation and can receive compensation from Försäkringskassan. You may also be entitled to a Swedish EU card and certificate E106 (S1) which entitles you to healthcare benefits in your country of residence.

To receive healthcare in Sweden, you need a certificate on the right to healthcare in Sweden. You apply for the EU card and the two certificates in the same service on My Pages.

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If you are unable to use My pages (Mina sidor), you can send in this form:

5435 Application for a certificate of entitlement to medical carePDF

You are entitled to dental care in Sweden and do not need a certificate to get it.

Dental care subsidy

Your family may be entitled to healthcare benefits

Your family members who do not work in the country of residence may also be entitled to healthcare benefits at the standard patient fee both in your country of residence and in Sweden when you work in Sweden. Contact the equivalent of Försäkringskassan in your country of residence to find out what applies what to your family members.

 

When you are posted to Sweden and work here for an employer from another country, you are usually covered by the social insurance legislation of the other country, but the rules differ depending on which country you are posted from.

If you are posted from an EU/EEA country or Switzerland

You or your employer must apply for certificate A1. Contact the equivalent of Försäkringskassan in the country where you are employed to obtain the certificate.

What is certificate A1?

You need to have certificate A1 when you work as an employee or self-employed person in more than one country within the EU/EEA or Switzerland. The certificate shows which country's social insurance legislation you are to be covered by. It is that country that you can receive compensation from and to that country that social security contributions are paid for you. You will receive the certificate from the social insurance office in the country whose legislation you are covered by. In Sweden it is Försäkringskassan. The certificate is valid until the date on the certificate or until the authority withdraws it.

You or your employer may present the certificate to the relevant institutions of the countries in which you work to demonstrate that social security contributions are not to be paid for you there.

If you are posted from a country outside the EU/EEA or Switzerland

Sweden has social security agreements with a number of countries. The rules laid out in the agreement differ from country to country. The agreements may cover different things, like pension benefits, child allowance, parental benefit or sickness benefit. If an agreement applies to your situation, it may affect your right to the benefits included in the contract.

The rules for posting differ between the agreements. You apply for a certificate on which country's social insurance legislation you are to be covered at the equivalent of the Social Insurance Agency in the country that you are posted from. This applies to the following countries with which Försäkringskassan has an agreement:

Bosnia Herzegovina
Chile
Republic of the Philippines

India
Israel
Canada
Cape Verde
Morocco
Quebec
Serbia
South Korea
Turkey
USA.

If you are posted from a country that is not listed above, you do not need to present a certificate from the other country.

 

If you will be working in Sweden and other countries within the EU/EEA or in Switzerland, you must report this to the equivalent of Försäkringskassan in your country of residence. That authority will then investigate which country's social insurance legislation you are to be covered by. This needs to be done in order for you to receive healthcare benefits and compensation from the right country and for you or your employer to know which country social security contributions should be paid to.

Work in several countries within the EU/EEA or Switzerlandexternal link

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