Sweden is known for its modern cities, Viking culture, and Nordic landscapes, which offer scenic hiking and skiing routes and views of northern lights.
The standards for patient care and medical services in Sweden may differ from your home country. Sweden has both public and private health sectors that provide a high standard of care. Out-of-pocket spending on health services is very low, but has been increasing in recent years. Wait times for care in private facilities are generally lower than public facilities. It is common for doctors and nurses to speak some English.
In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals in Sweden typically require upfront payment in cash or credit card, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Sweden.
Pharmacies are available in most areas, including hospitals, and many are open 24 hours. Prescriptions for medications must be obtained from a doctor and prescription drugs cannot be purchased without one. Pharmacists are trained and licensed.
If you are travelling with medication, check with Sweden’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. If your medication is a psychotropic or narcotic, you can review Sweden’s regulations on the International Narcotics Control Board. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.
Sweden is home to the internationally recognized “Vision Zero” approach to road safety and accident reduction. Roads are very well maintained and seat belts must be worn by all passengers at all times. Cycling is popular in Sweden for locals and tourists alike. Helmets are mandatory for cyclists under the age of 15 and for all motorcycle drivers and passengers.
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IAMAT-affiliated doctors are available in Sweden.
Population: 10 million
Official language: Swedish, Finnish, Romani, Yiddish
Time zone: Central European Time (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST)
Emergency #: 112
Vaccinations required: No
Risk of malaria: No