Professional Recognition Process
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SE-106 30 Stockholm  


+46 (0)75 247 30 00


+46 8 555 532 52

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Requirements and Documents needed
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Citizens of countries in the European Union (EU) require a residence permit to practise in Sweden. Doctors from countries outside the EU/EES require a work permit as well as a residence permit.
Applications for residence and work permits are generally made to the Swedish diplomatic representation in your country of residence, or if you are already living in Sweden, to the police immigration department. Once you have received a residence permit, your next step is to register as a resident. You do this by presenting your passport and residence permit at the tax office, which will supply you with your own 10-digit personal ID number when registration is complete. It is a good idea to learn this number by heart, since employers, authorities, banks and other organisations of many kinds will often ask for it.

If you are applying for employment as a doctor in Sweden, and hold a qualification from another country, certain conditions will need to be fulfilled.
These conditions vary depending on whether or not you trained in another
EU/EES country or Switzerland. Socialstyrelsen will decide in each case. Doctors with authorization from any other EU/EES country will automaticly get a swedish authorization. To be recognised as a specialist the “Socialstyrelsen” will decide abouth completing procedurs.

Examinations/interviews to apply for Medical Professional Recognition
Doctors with medical authorisation from an EU/EES country or Switzerland need no complementary training in order to be registered as a doctor in Sweden. Registration is made at the National Board of Health and Welfare and must be accompanied by a certificate of good standing from the relevant authority in the doctor’s home country confirming that his or her professional authorisation has not
been limited or revoked. Such a certificate must not be more than three months old.       
Doctors from a country outside the EU/EES area need to undergo complementary training in order to be registered as a doctor in Sweden. The National Board of Health and Welfare assesses the medical competence of each individual applicant and decides on what conditions need to be fulfilled (i.e. what complementary training is needed) for registration. Before the Board assesses your medical competence, you must present evidence of sufficient knowledge of the Swedish language. You must then either undergo an examination of your medical competence or complete a probationary period of clinical service lasting at least six months. Normally, it is doctors without a specialist qualification who are required to undergo an examination of their medical knowledge and skills, while specialists
with considerable professional experience do the period of probationary work.
Where else can we find more information? http://www.slf.se/upload/Lakarforbundet/In%20English/workinginsweden.pdf


Deadlines and Duration

The process to get the Swedish authorization only takes a couple of weeks for a medical doctor from EU/EES.

Recertification Information:

Postgraduate Medical Training
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In the national medical journals.

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Existent Medical Degrees
Medical Degrees: 
Medical Degrees: 

Medical education and training is organized in three phases: medical school, basic clinical training and specialist training. Basic undergraduate medical education takes 5 1/2 years (at least 40 weeks of full time studies per year).

Where else can we find more information? http://www.slf.se/upload/Lakarforbundet/In%20English/workinginsweden.pdf
 How do you access each degree?
 After graduation follows a compulsory training programme (internship) of at least 18 months. This first stage of clinical training comprises surgery (3–6), internal medicine (3–6), psychiatry (three months) and family medicine (six months). The doctor’s knowledge and skills are assessed by the senior colleagues and tested in a written and practical examination. After successful completion of this programme the doctor obtains his licence to practise (full registration), which is granted by the National Board of Health and Welfare. Once the doctor has got his licence to practise, he is entitled to apply for a post to start his specialist training. The specialist training has a duration of minimum five years and is carried out in a salaried position with medical responsibility.


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During the basic clinical training its about 2600 euro per month and during and specialist training its about 3500 euro per month.

Type of Contract:
The general type of contract is post with conditional tenure.    The working time per week is 40 hours and the on-call times depends on the type of work and are between 12 and 26 hours.

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The sick leave the compensation is being phased out after a certain time.

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Maternity leave info: 

The employee keeps 80 – 90 % of the salary during maternity leave for up to 12 months


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Perspective towards migration of Helthcare Professionals and additional information: 


Organisations witch can provide legal help: 

The Swedish Medical Association (if you are a member)