Employees, employers and businesses
Employees, sick leave and temporary care of child
The Swedish Social Insurance Agency’s ("Försäkringskassan") website has answers to questions about disease carrier allowance, doctor’s certificates, qualifying day and VAB.
- Swedish Social Insurance Agency’s information relating to the coronavirus (in Swedish)
- The government’s FAQs about new decisions on qualifying period, doctor’s certificates and sick pay (in Swedish)
- The Swedish Work Environment Authority (Arbetsmiljöverket) tips for work from home
To those working in healthcare
The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare ("Socialstyrelsen") has drawn up support, guidelines and information about Covid-19 for those working in the healthcare and nursing sector.
- The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare’s information and guidance for the healthcare and social care
- Information to Nursing Home staff about coronavirus Covid-19 (pdf)
The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare has compiled FAQs (in Swedish) relating to those working in the areas of healthcare and nursing, municipal healthcare and nursing, social services and dental care.
Covid-19 web courses in various languages
The medical university Karolinska Institutet has on behalf of the National Board of Health and Welfare prepared two e-learning courses on Covid-19. The objective is to strengthen preparedness and provide information on the most important principles and challenges involved in the work to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Focus is on principles of hygiene and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
Employers who have the option of letting employees work from home may consider recommending that. Working remotely can reduce the spread of infection and relieve the load on the health service.
- The Swedish Work Environment Authority's ("Arbetsmiljöverket") information related to the coronavirus and workplace safety and health
- The Swedish Agency for Government Employers’ ("Arbetsgivarverket") FAQs on labour law for government employers (in Swedish)
Businesses and the economy
Verksamt.se is the website shared by government agencies with information and e-services aimed at businesses. Other government agencies also have information aimed at business operators.
- Verksamt.se - Important information to entrepreneurs due to the coronavirus
- The Swedish Tax Agency's collated information for business operators
- The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth’s financial support in connection with the current coronavirus pandemic
- Företagsakuten – guarantee programme for businesses (in Swedish)
General advice for businesses
Everyone has a responsibility to prevent the spread of Covid-19. The Public Health Agency of Sweden ("Folkhälsomyndigheten") has issued the following general advice aimed at businesses in Sweden:
- Display information for visitors, employees and customers.
- Have distance markings on the floor where queues can form.
- Rearrange the layout in a way that avoids congestion.
- Hold digital meetings.
- Make sure that people can wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser.
- Avoid gatherings of several people, especially in confined premises.
Advice for restaurants, cafés and bars
To reduce the spread of Covid-19, new rules also apply to restaurants, cafés and bars.
- There must be no crowding of people in queues, at tables, buffets or bar counters. Visitors must be able to maintain a distance between each other.
- Visitors must eat and drink while seated at a table. Staff must serve orders at the table.
- If it is possible to allow the guests to order and collect food and drink themselves, this is allowed as long as it does not cause crowding or queues.
- Takeaway food may be handed over as usual, as long as it takes place without crowding between people.
- Alcoholic drinks cannot be served between 20.00 and 11.00.
- Venues serving food and drink must close no later than 20.30.
- Venues serving food and drink which are part of a shopping centre can serve no more than one person per table.
Advice and tips for company owners
The pandemic is making great demands on everyone who runs a business. Customers and guests need to social distance and wash their hands, which affects how you can sell your goods or services. Remind your visitors about how to best avoid spreading infection. Help your guests by cordoning off with tape, using floor stickers, pavement signs, posters, and table runners where there is a risk of congestion.
The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB), has gathered together some good examples of what other people have done with their business to slow down the infection rate. The page is in Swedish. There are also checklists, pavement signs, table cards and posters you can download, print out and use as you wish.