If you were educated outside the EU and EEA, you have two options for obtaining a licence in Sweden. No matter which option you choose, the final step is to apply for a licence from us.
To get a licence via the National Board of Health and Welfare, you need to go through 5 different steps. Take one step at a time. You start by applying to have your education assessed and in the last step you apply for the licence.
The length of time it takes to complete the various steps that lead to a Swedish licence will vary according to your particular situation. Usually it takes 2–4 years.
Instead of turning to us first, you can take additional training at a college or university before applying for a licence. The college or university decides what requirements apply to attend the education.
The length of time it takes to complete the various steps that lead to a Swedish licence will vary according to your particular situation. Usually it takes 1–3 years.
You do not need to be able to speak Swedish to have your education assessed, step 1. But to pass steps 2–5, you need to be able to speak Swedish. You send a certificate of your language skills at the latest when you apply for licence, step 5.
To demonstrate your language skills, you must have an approved grade or certificate in one of the following:
Equivalent proficiency in Norwegian or Danish will also satisfy the requirements for Swedish. You will need to provide certification that your language skills meet the entry requirements at a Norwegian or Danish college or university.
If you would like to practice as a doctor of medicine in Sweden, you will need a Swedish licence or special authorisation. The title doctor of medicine is protected by law. In other words, you may refer to yourself as a doctor of medicine only if you have a licence. You need a special authorisation to be able to undergo clinical training.
If you would like to practice as a specialist, you will need to be licensed as a doctor of medicine first. After that, you will be required to take specialist training (ST) in order to receive a certificate to that effect. In other words, you cannot become a specialist until you have demonstrated general medical knowledge.
You may obtain a licence even if you do not have a Swedish personal identity number, residence permit or address. In order to practice or go to school in Sweden, however, you will have to obtain a residence or work permit from the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket). It is important that you notify us when you have received a Swedish social security number so that we can update the information in the register for Healthcare professionals.
If you do not have a post-secondary degree or if your education is not equivalent to the system in Sweden, you can go to school to obtain a Swedish degree and then apply for a licence to practice your profession.
Go to universityadmissions.se and studera.nu to learn about application procedures and admission requirements. The college or university that admits you may determine that you can use your previous education to expedite completion of its programme.
Read more about obtaining a licence in Socialstyrelsens föreskrifter och allmänna råd om legitimation för yrke inom hälso- och sjukvården för utbildning från tredjeland (pdf 3,1 MB).