Employees, employers and businesses

What happens if you fall ill and are unable to work? What financial support can you claim as a business operator? On this page we have collated links from information issued by government agencies about matters including running a business, employment and sick leave.

Employees, sick leave and temporary care of child (VAB)

The Swedish Social Insurance Agency’s ("Försäkringskassan") website has answers to questions about disease carrier allowance, doctor’s certificates, qualifying day and VAB.

To those working in the healthcare sector

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’ 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

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.

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.

General advice for businesses

Everyone has a responsibility to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 illness. The Public Health Agency of Sweden 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.

The Public Health Agency of Sweden’s advice to slow down infection

The Public Health Agency of Sweden’s FAQ about Covid-19

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.

The Public Health Agency of Sweden’s new rules for restaurants, cafés and bars (in Swedish)

The Swedish Food Agency’s FAQ for business operators

The Public Health Agency of Sweden's FAQ about the new legislation for restaurants, bars, etc

Advice and tips for company owners during the summer

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.

Summary of national measures