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To be able to get a Swedish licence, you need to to get your qualifications for your profession recognised. You also need to have language skills in Swedish, Danish or Norwegian. This applies even if you are a citizen of Sweden, Denmark, Finland or Norway.

If you are unable to speak any of these languages, we recommend that you begin by learning Swedish if you would like to work in Sweden.

1. Apply for a licence

How to apply to us

You apply to us, either by using our web form or by filling in the application form and sending it to us by post. Select one way, and follow the instructions under each tab.

The application must contain

  • an account statement or an image that shows that you have paid the application fee
  • a copy of a valid ID document (e.g. a copy on the first page of your valid passport or a copy of a national ID card)
  • a copy and translation of a document showing name change if you have changed your name since you completed your education
  • a copy of your certificate or diploma attesting to your language skills.

Please also send copies and translations of

  • your diploma
  • a certificate which is not older than three months to show that you are not prohibited from pursuing your profession, such as a Certificate of Good Standing or Certificate of Current Professional Status (If there is no register that you can get such a certificate from, then send a certificate with information from the country's criminal record.)
  • a certificate showing your level of education under Article 11 of EU directive 2005/36/EC (pdf) 
  • a document from the school or college where you were trained which describes the courses you completed, their content and duration.

If neither your profession nor you qualification is regulated in the country where you qualified, you also need to prove that you have worked in your profession for at least one of the past ten years in one or more EU or EEA countries. You can do this by sending in one or more employment certificates with your application. Send in certified copies of the certificate(s), both translated and also in the original language.

Requesting a certificate from an authority

Contact the competent authority of the EU or EEA country where you were educated or last worked in your profession to request the certificates showing that you

  • meet the requirements of the EU directive
  • have not been prohibited from pursuing your profession.

If you do not know which authority to contact, search the EU Regulated professions database.

How to have your documents translated

Documents which are written in Swedish, Norwegian, Danish or English do not need to be translated. The translation can be performed in any country. Translation means that a certified translator translates your documents to Swedish or English. Kammarkollegiet (The Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency) has a register of authorized translators.

Pay the application fee when you send in your application

The fee for applying for a licence is SEK 870. Please send your payment to Bankgiro 790-3750 when you send in your application. Write your personal identity number (personnummer) in the message box in the format YYYYMMDDXXXX, without hyphens, dashes or spaces.

What if I do not have a Swedish personal identity number?

If you do not have a Swedish personal identity number please enter your date of birth in the format YYYYMMDD, and your name in the format firstnamesurname. Please note that if someone else is making the payment, they need to enter your personal identity number.
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, HOSP.

Payment in foreign currency or from foreign account

If you use another currency, make sure that you pay the exact amount in SEK. Keep in mind that exchange rates vary from day to day. If you send your payment from abroad, please send it to IBAN: SE3612000000012810104980, SWIFT: DABASESX.

Fill in your e-mail address

We will send the decision to you by e-mail, so you need to fill in your email address in the application form. If you have not filled in your e-mail address, the decision will be sent via regular mail.

 


Licence application web form

 

 

2. You need to be able to speak Swedish, Danish or Norwegian

To be able to get a Swedish licence, you need to have language skills in Swedish, Danish or Norwegian. This applies even if you are a citizen of Sweden, Denmark, Finland or Norway. Send a certified copy of your diploma or other certificate showing your language skills with your licence application.

If you do not speak any of these languages we recommend that you begin learning Swedish as soon as you decide that you want to work in Sweden.

How to prove your skills in Swedish

For example, you can prove your language skills by submitting a passing grade or approved results from

You can also prove your language skills by letting a health care provider assess if you have the language skills that are needed in order to work in your profession. The health care provider should fill in the form and describe how the assessment has been made.

How to prove your skills in Danish or Norwegian

Instead of Swedish you can have equivalent skills in Danish or Norwegian.

For example, you can prove your language skills by submitting a passing grade or approved results from

You can also prove your language skills by letting a health care provider assess if you have the language skills that are needed in order to work in your profession. The health care provider should fill in the form and describe how the assessment has been made. Another alternative is to send a certificate showing that you have attended a university education in Danish or Norwegian.

Form for assessment of language skills (in Swedish)

3. Frequently asked questions

What happens after I submit my application?

Once we have received your application you will receive an automatic confirmation, if you have filled in your email address on the application form.

We examine your application in date order and it can take varying amounts of time for the different applications. If your application is not complete, we will primarily request that you complete your application. In some cases we may contact the competent authority in your country of qualification to get additional information.

If you are eligible to receive a licence we always search the Swedish police records as a last step. We do this because you cannot obtain a licence if you have committed a serious crime. In such cases we will contact you.

How long does it take to receive notification of the decision from Socialstyrelsen?

Our goal is to start handling a case within four weeks of the application coming to us. In order for you to receive your decision as soon as possible, it is important that you send all of the documents from the beginning when you apply.

Under the Professional Qualifications Directive, a decision regarding the application for a certificate must in any case be made within three to four months of the application being complete.

What is a complete application?

A complete application means that we have received all the necessary documents, including additional information if we have requested it.

We can also take statements from experts or from Universitets- och högskolerådet, UHR, so that we can make a decision on the matter.

How do I receive the decision?

When we have made our decision you will receive information about it via e-mail. Keep in mind that a decision does not always mean that you are awarded the licence or recognition of a specialist qualification or permission to use the title of your profession. Since you may not work in your profession before you have received a licence to practice or recognition of a specialist qualification or permission to use the title of your profession it is a good idea to wait for the decision before you accept a job.

If you receive a licence or recognition of a specialist qualification this will be registered in The National Board of Health and Welfare's (Socialstyrelsens) register of licenced healthcare professionals, HOSP.

How do I apply for a temporary licence?

If you plan to work in Sweden for a shorter period of time, you can apply for a temporary license to practice. You need to specify the time period you want to work (from date – to date) when you are applying. In order to obtain a temporary license to practice you must be able to prove that you are only planning to work temporarily, that you fulfil all the requirements to work in your profession and that you are currently working in your profession.

Please contact us if you wish to apply for a temporary license to practice, or if you are unsure about which license to apply for.

Which countries are included in the EU and the EEA?

EU

The countries included in the EU are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

The UK no longer belongs to the EU/EEA but until 31 December 2020 you still apply according to the rules for the EU/EEA area and the decisions that are made then apply even after 31 December 2020.

EEA

The EEA includes the EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

Switzerland

Switzerland is neither an EU nor EEA member. If you qualified or have worked in Switzerland you can apply in the same way as those who qualified or have worked in an EU or EEA country.

Do I, as a Nordic citizen, need to show that I have the necessary language skills in Swedish, Danish or Norwegian?

Yes. You must show that you have the necessary language skills, even if you are a citizen of Sweden, Denmark, Finland or Norway.

Do you have further questions about this step?

Contact us at the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare. You can send an e-mail at socialstyrelsen@socialstyrelsen.se or call us at 075-247 30 00.

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