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Dealing with cancer in Sweden – Betül’s story

Betül is the most generous, positive and wonderful person that I have ever crossed paths with and I consider myself lucky for having met her. She is a proud scientist at Chalmers and she loves Sweden and her life in Gothenburg. She is also a Newbie like many of us.  Imagine you just moved to […]

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Health care costs – What applies to you?

health care costs

Healthcare is accessible for most residents in Sweden. Newbies must have a residence permit and a personal number to receive healthcare on the same conditions as Swedes. However, newbies who lack a residence permit (e.g. tourists, EU citizens, asylum seekers, refugees, hidden) also have legal right to Swedish healthcare. Asylum seekers, refugees and hidden people Asylum seekers, refugees and hidden and undocumented migrants are entitled to: emergency care contraceptive counseling […]

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Emergency? Call 112!

Fire? Accident? Urgent illness? Call 112 if you, or someone else, ends up in an emergency situation. By calling the number 112 (also called SOS ALARM) you can get help from ambulance, fire brigade or police. You can call 112 from any landline or mobile phone. Note: emergency calls can be made when other calls can’t (e.g. due to bad coverage or […]

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Sexual & Reproductive Care 

The age of sexual consent in Sweden is 15 years and sex education has been taught in schools since the 1950s. Contraceptive counseling is free and emergency contraception (like the morning-after-pill) are sold over counter all over Sweden. Abortion has been free on demand since the 1975. So where can you turn for sexual and reproductive care? […]

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LGBT Rights in Sweden 

It is, according to Swedish law, illegal to discriminate a person due to that person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Relationships between same sex couples are widely accepted and same sex couples have a legal right to get married and adopt children. The legal age of consent for all sexual activity is 15 years. Right to marriage A change of law in […]

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The Law for Communicable Disease Control

There is a law in Sweden, called Smittskyddslagen that regulates sexually transmitted infections, STI’s. The purpose of the law is to reduce their spreading. It is free of charge to get exanimated and treated for these diseases in Sweden. Smittskyddslagen covers the following STI’s: HIV & AIDS Hepatitis B and C Chlamydia Gonorrhoea Syphilis Your obligations You are obliged to test yourself if there is a […]

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Abortion

Abortion

All women have a legal right to abortion in Sweden. There is no age limit for having an abortion and it’s always the pregnant woman’s individual right to decide if she wants to have an abortion or not. Abortions are performed until the 18th week of pregnancy but can in some cases be done until the […]

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Morning-after-pill

morning-after-pill

Emergency contraception (often called morning-after-pill) is a pill that you can take after you’ve had unprotected intercourse, to reduce the risk of pregnancy. The sooner you take the pill, the less likely you are to get pregnant. The morning-after pill is used to prevent pregnancy before it begins. It contains a hormone that delays and/or inhibits the […]

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Contraception

There are many different contraception methods available in Sweden. Some of the more common ones are the mini-pill, spirals, hormone rings, contraceptive injections and implants. Non-hormonal alternatives (like fertility monitors) have also become increasingly popular over the last years. A midwife, gynaecologist or doctor can explain the pros and cons of the different methods and help you find a suitable option. Note: only barrier […]

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