Sweden does not have early retirement pension like the other Nordic countries. Instead, there is a sickness benefit called sickness compensation.
Conditions for sickness compensation in Sweden
Sickness compensation is a benefit you can receive if you are 19 or over, and will probably never be able to work full-time because of illness, injury or disability.
In order to receive sickness compensation in Sweden, you must be covered by social insurance in Sweden, and you must have been covered by social insurance when you became ill. If you are covered by social insurance in a country, it is that country’s regulations that determine whether you are entitled to social insurance benefits.
How sickness compensation is calculated
The amount of sickness compensation (sjukersättning) you receive depends on the income you have had. If you have not worked, or if you have had low income, you will receive guarantee benefit (garantiersättning). The amount you can receive as guarantee benefit depends on your age and how long you have lived in Sweden.
Apply for sickness compensation from Sweden
Contact the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) if you want to apply for sickness compensation.
How do you apply for sickness compensation from another Nordic country?
If you live in Sweden, and want to apply for sickness compensation from another Nordic country, you should contact the equivalent of Försäkringskassan in the other country.
Apply for sickness compensation from two different countries
If you are applying for sickness compensation from two or more Nordic countries, you should be aware that they may have different requirements regarding whether you can be granted sickness compensation.
If you receive a pension or compensation from another country, it is important that you notify Försäkringskassan. You must also notify Försäkringskassan if your pension or compensation from the other country/countries changes. If you do this, you will avoid having to pay back money.
Supplements you may be entitled to
If you receive sickness compensation from Sweden, you may be entitled to housing supplement (bostadstillägg).
Can you take Swedish sickness compensation to another Nordic country?
You can take your Swedish sickness compensation to another Nordic country. If you move abroad permanently, you must notify Försäkringskassan. It is important that you give Försäkringskassan your address and your bank and account number into which you want your sickness compensation paid.
Can you work while you receive sickness compensation?
If you want to know how much you are allowed to earn, or what you need to do if you want to start working while receiving sickness compensation, you should contact Försäkringskassan to see what applies in your case.
How is sickness compensation paid in the event of death?
The Swedish sickness compensation is paid to the deceased’s estate up to and including the month in which the person died. If you are a relative of the deceased, you do not need to do anything.
Where should you pay tax when you receive Swedish sickness compensation abroad?
You can find general information about tax between the Nordic countries on the Nordic tax portal, Nordisk eTax.
Who should you contact if you have questions?
You can call the Försäkringskassan Customer Centre at +46 (0)771-524 524, or look on the Försäkringskassan website for more information.
If you have any questions, please fill in our contact form.
NB! If you have questions regarding the processing of a specific case or application, or other personal matters, please contact the relevant authority directly.