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Guide for international staff

See the following guide for practical information regarding your move/visit to Sweden. We also advise you to visit EURAXESS Sweden, a European network and a web portal that gives on-line information to researchers who are interested in doing research abroad. EURAXESS is also a tool for research institutes and scientific organizations in finding the right international research competence.

Planning your stay

Visa and permits

Depending on what country you travel from and whether it is a member of the EU or not, different rules for visa, residence permits and work permits apply. You can consult the Swedish Migration Agency website to find out more about the different rules. 

Links
About entry visas on the Swedish Migration Agency website
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bout visas on the Government Offices of Sweden website
About residence permits for visiting researchers on the Swedish Migration Agency website
About studying on universities or university colleges on the Swedish Migration Agency website 
About working in Sweden and work permits on the Swedish Migration Agency website
About work permits on the Work in Sweden website

Accommodation

Örebro University offers apartments for visiting scholars. Contact your host school for more information. If you are not a visiting scholar we refer you to the local housing company Örebrobostäder, ÖBO, or a private landlord.

Links
Information about housing on the ÖBO website (in Swedish)
Information about private landlords on the Örebro Municipality website (in Swedish)

Insurance

Healthcare and medical treatment

Medical treatment is expensive in Sweden if you are not insured. You can read more about what applies and what you need to consider in terms of medical insurance on the EURAXESS Sweden website. Remember that those family members who might have accompanied you should also be insured.

Links 
Healthcare in Sweden on EURAXESS Sweden website

Home insurance

To have your belongings insured you are recommended to take out a home insurance. If anything is broken or stolen in your home you are obliged to pay for the damage.

Getting here

Links
Information about getting to Örebro and Örebro University

Bring your family

If you plan to take your family with you they may need a visa or a residence permit, depending on their citizenship and the length of their stay. They should also have medical insurance that is valid in Sweden. If your partner wants to work in Sweden you will find information about the job situation in the country on the website Eures.

Links
Eures website

Childcare

If you have children you should apply for kindergarten and school as soon as possible.

Links
Information about Swedish schools and preschools, parental and children benefits and spouse support on the EURAXESS Sweden website.
Childcare and Education at Örebro on the Örebro Municipality website (in Swedish)

Getting settled

Register with the authorities

It is important that you as soon as possible register with Swedish authorities such as the Swedish Migration Agency, the Swedish Tax Agency and the Swedish Social Insurance Agency. Through these you will then get a personal identity number, ID card and access to medical treatment.

Links
Moving to Sweden at the Swedish Tax Agency
Move to Sweden on the Swedish Social Insurance Agency

Banking and payment services

Before you travel you must check whether you have a bank card that is vaIid in Sweden. To be able to pay with the bank card you must have a pin code connected with your card. The use of cheques as a means of payment is very limited in Sweden.

If you plan to stay in Sweden for a longer period it may be a good idea to open a Swedish bank account to which you can connect a Swedish bank card. Terms and conditions for opening a bank account vary depending on the bank.

Information about banking on EURAXESS Sweden website

Postal Services

To get mail and packages delivered to your home address, your name, street name, house number as well as postal code and town must be clearly indicated on the letter or package. Large packages you will have to collect yourself at specified pick-up points, such as grocery stores and petrol stations.

Links
The PostNord website

Health and Medical care

In the event of an emergency call 112. This number goes straight to the ambulance, police and rescue services. You get to talk with an emergency operator who will ask what has happened and where you are.

The healthcare hotline, 1177 Vårdguiden, offers free round-the-clock service for information and advice concerning medical issues. You reach them by dialling 1177.

Links
1177 Vårdguiden website

There are several primary health care centres and hospitals with emergency wards in the Örebro region.

Links
About Healthcare on the Region Örebro County website

Medical treatment is expensive in Sweden if you are not insured. You can read more about what applies and what you need to consider in terms of medical insurance on the EURAXESS Sweden website. Remember that those family members who might have accompanied you should also be insured.

Links
Health and medical care on the EURAXESS Sweden website
Health insurance on the EURAXESS Sweden website

Healthcare at the university

When work-related problems occur the occupational health services, the Campus Health Centre, is available at the university.

Pharmacy

Non-prescription drugs are available at pharmacies as well as at certain supermarkets, grocery stores and petrol stations. You will need a prescription for stronger medicines and antibiotics. These are available only at pharmacies.

Dentists

In Örebro you can either consult the national dentist health service, Folktandvården, which is a part of Region Örebro County, or a private dentist. The cost for dental care is partly reduced if you are registered in the Swedish social insurance system.

Links
About dental care on the Region Örebro County website

Getting here

Links
Information about getting to Örebro University

Leaving Sweden

Swedish Tax Agency

If you leave Sweden in order to live abroad for at least one year you have to notify the Swedish Tax Agency at least one week before.

Links
Read more and fill out the form at The Swedish Tax Agency website

Swedish Pensions Agency

You might need to contact the National Government Employee Pensions Board (SPV) and the Swedish Pensions Agency regarding future pension issues. Please read the information in English on our Intranet under "Termination of Employment".

Links
Pension on the SPV website
National retirement pension on the Swedish Pension Agency website

Bank Account

Contact your bank and close your bank account. This might be difficult to do from abroad.