Health care in Sweden

In general, Sweden's health and medical care holds to a high standard. All residents - or individuals with a personal identity number - will be subsidized by the state when receiving health and medical care, regardless of whether it is a visit to the doctor or a dentist.

A doctor’s visit in Sweden costs around SEK 170, while a visit to a specialist or to the emergency clinics at the hospitals costs around SEK 330–420. These costs are subsidized by the Swedish State.

Students without a Swedish personal identity number should read up about the health insurance coverage that is available to them.

If you are an EU/EEA citizen we strongly recommend that you bring your European Health Insurance Card with you to Sweden.

What to do if you fall ill

If you fall ill you can call the medical advisory service at 1177. By calling this number you will speak with a qualified nurse who can instruct you on where to turn for treatment. This number can be called 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Advice can be given in both Swedish and English.

For students in Uppsala, we recommend that you visit the health care centre Samariterhemmets vårdcentral if you need to see a doctor. Drop-in times are available from Monday to Friday between 9am and 11pm. If you call 1177 for medical advice they can often help you to make a doctor’s appointment at Samariterhemmets vårdcentral. 

Learn more about the Swedish health care system

Emergencies – dial 112

This is the emergency number to call for an ambulance, the fire brigade and the police. You will be asked to explain what has happened, where it has happened, and from which number you are calling.

Who to call in a crisis?

There are a number of national helplines in Sweden that you can contact if you need support or psychological help. Who to contact in a crisis.

Medical advisory service (Sjukvårdsrådgivningen)

In non-emergency situations, you can always call 1177 to speak to a registered nurse for medical advice and a referral to the nearest clinic if your condition calls for care by a physician. The phone service is open 24 hours a day. You can also visit them online at

Local Health Clinic (Vårdcentral)

The local health clinics are usually open only weekdays from 8 am to 5 pm.

Local Emergency Ward (Närakuten)

In Uppsala, the Local Emergency Ward at Samariterhemmet has open hours on weekends and evenings. This is the optimal first place to visit for non-emergency medical care when your Local Health Clinic is closed. Tel.: 1177.

In Visby, you are advised to call 1177 for consultation.

Hospitals (sjukhus)

For urgent medical care, you may need to visit the hospital. In Uppsala, the Uppsala Academic University Hospital (Akademiska sjukhuset) is one of Sweden’s leading university hospitals and is centrally located just south of Uppsala castle. Tel.: 018-611 00 00.

Visby has one of Europe’s most modern hospitals, located at St Göransgatan 5. Tel.: 0498-26 90 00.


Prescriptions and over-the-counter medicine are available at local pharmacies (apotek). Over-the-counter medicine can also be found at larger grocery stores near the cashiers. Pharmacies are open during normal shopping hours, although some may be closed on weekends. The pharmacy at the University hospital is open after hours.