Sickness benefit in Sweden

Last updated 1/17/2024
When you work in Sweden, you are also subject to the Swedish regulations regarding sickness benefit. It is Försäkringskassan (the Swedish Social Insurance Agency) that is responsible for sickness benefits.

This information is for EU/EEA citizens only

Swedish sick pay and income when being sick 

If you cannot work bacuase you are sick, you can get sickness benefits. Your first day of sick leave is always subject for a general deductable ("karensdag") and is not compensated for economically. 

Your employer pays sick pay for the first two weeks in stead of your regular salary. You must submit a medical certificate to your employer if you are sick for more than a week. If you continue being sick after two weeks you apply for sickness benefit from Försäkringskassan. 

Once you have been sick for 14 days your employer will report your sickness to Försäkringskassan. Your apply for sickness benefit on Here you need to provide a medical certificate with information about your illness or injury. 

Am I eligible for sickness benefit?

You are eligible for sickness benefit if you:

  • are unable to work during your regular working hours due to illness
  • lose income
  • are insured in Sweden

You can recieve 25, 50, 75 or 100 % sickness benefit. 


See the following links for more information: 


Read more about sickness benefit on Försäkringskassans website


Read more about how the amount of compensation is calculated on Försäkringskassans website


Read more about being insured in Sweden on Försäkringskassans website


Read more about the current amounts on Försäkringskassans website

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