Sickness benefit in Sweden

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.
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This information is for EU citizens only.

Swedish sick pay and income when being sick 

In Sweden, employees have one qualifying day in connection with sickness. This means that you will not be paid for the first day that you are sick. From the second day of sickness it is your employer who must give you so-called “sick pay”. It is 80% of your salary, but maximum 725 SEK per day (2018). You must submit a medical certificate to your employer if you are sick for more than a week.


If you are sick for more than 14 days, the employer must report it to Försäkringskassan. You will then receive sickness benefit from Försäkringskassan instead of “sick pay”. The sickness benefit is also 80 % of your salary, maximum 725 SEK per day (2018).