Unplanned childbirth while travelling in another country
The European health insurance card covers all medical checks and treatment in connection with your pregnancy, including unplanned childbirth while travelling in another country.
Planned childbirth in another Nordic country
If you are planning to give birth in another country, you should contact your national social insurance agency and ask for an advance decision to ensure that your expenses will be covered.
If you live and work in Sweden and want to give birth in another Nordic country, you can apply for an advance decision (form S2) from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) regarding the financing of planned medical treatment in another Nordic country.
If you live in another Nordic country and want to give birth in Sweden, you should apply for this in your home country. The social insurance agency in the country in which you are covered by social insurance can issue the necessary advance decision.
If you are covered by social insurance in Denmark or Finland, you should apply for the S2 certificate.
If you are covered by social insurance in Iceland or Norway, you should apply for the E112 certificate, which confirms that the costs of the planned medical treatment in Sweden will be met.
If you live in one Nordic country and commute to work in another Nordic country, you can choose whether you want to give birth in the country in which you live or the one in which you work.
However, you cannot demand that your child receives any treatment after the birth in the country in which you work.
Registration and personal identity numbers for children born abroad
If you give birth in another Nordic country and you have an address registered in the Swedish Population Register, when you return to Sweden you should contact the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) where you live to ensure that your child is registered and assigned a personal identity number. If your child is born in another Nordic country, this is not done automatically. Take the child’s birth and name certificate from the country in which the child was born.
However, if you live in another country and give birth there, and the child becomes a Swedish citizen, your child is not entitled to be assigned a Swedish personal identity number. Your child will not be assigned a personal identity number until you move to Sweden and satisfy the registration requirements in Sweden.
Citizenship and naming the child
The citizenship(s) of your child depends on the law applying where the parents are citizens.
A child whose parents are both citizens of Nordic countries is always given the same citizenship as the mother. Whether the child also gets the citizenship of the other parent can depend on which country the child was born in and whether the parents are married.
In Sweden, the name of the child must be registered within three months of the birth. The child’s name is registered with the Swedish Tax Agency.
If the child is to be baptised in a Swedish church, you should contact your parish. If you want the child to be baptised in another Nordic country, you should contact a parish where you want the child to be baptised in that country.
If you are staying in another Nordic country for less than 6 months, you are entitled to essential healthcare services while you are there. You pay the same patient fees as patients living in the country.
Pregnancy checks are an essential service. It is the healthcare professional responsible who decides what is regarded as essential health care, so you should contact the clinic where you wish to be treated.
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NB! If you have questions regarding the processing of a specific case or application, or other personal matters, please contact the relevant authority directly.