Holiday times are here and as Stockholm is at an (almost) standstill, many choose to go abroad for their vacation. If you are planning on traveling in Europe – make sure you get a European Health Insurance Card.
If you have a Swedish personal number and are insured in Sweden, the European Health Insurance card entitles you to medical treatment in these countries:
Austria, Belgian, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Switzerland.
And the best thing about it – it’s completely free!
What to do to get your health card:
For more info on the card – check out the site itself. You can apply for the card here (the website is in Swedish) OR you can call Försäkringskassan (the Swedish Social Insurance Agency): on 0771-524 524.
If you are planning to travel outside of the EU/EEA, you should contact Försäkringskassan to see if they have an insurance agreement with that country and they will send you the necessary certificates.
For a full listing of the services provided through Försäkringskassan, this is a link to their brochure in English.
Note that it can take a week or two before the card is delivered to your registered address but you are covered by the insurance from the day you applied, so bring the confirmation receipt/email in case you travel before you get your card.
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