Sickness benefits in Sweden and Denmark

Last updated 6/12/2020
When you work in Sweden, you are subject to the Swedish rules regarding sickness benefits. Försäkringskassan is the authority responsible for sickness benefits.

This information is for EU/EEA citizens only

Sickness benefits when you work in Sweden

Salary-earners in Sweden are subject to a deduction from sickness benefits (“karensfradrag”), which amounts to 20 percent of one week’s sickness benefits and is deducted from the benefits paid. Your employer pays your sick pay (“sjuklön”). It is just under 80 percent of your salary, subject to a maximum of SEK 804 per day (2020). You must submit a medical certificate to your employer if you are sick for more than one week. 


If you are sick for more than 14 days, your employer must report it to Försäkringskassan. You will then receive sickness benefits from Försäkringskassan instead of sick pay. The sickness benefits also amount to just under 80% of your salary, with a maximum of SEK 804 per day (2020).

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Sickness benefits when you work in Denmark

You have social security in the country in which you are working. If you only work in Denmark, this is where you are covered by social security. This means that you are entitled to sickness benefits in accordance with Danish rules when you are sick. You have to report sick to your employer, and in some cases you have to submit a medical certificate. Your employer is entitled to a sickness benefit refund from the municipality in which you are working in.

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