You might have questions about our service and about working as a doctor or nurse in Scandinavia.
What are the requirements of applying for medical job offers in Scandinavia?
In order to be able to apply for medical job offers in Scandinavia you must fulfil the following requirements:
• Be a specialist doctor, dentist or nurse
• Be an EU citizen OR have long-term residency in one of the EU countries
• Have your medical degree and specialist title recognised by one of the EU member countries
• If your degree isn’t from the EU – having worked in one of the EU member countries for at least 3 years after your degree and title had been recognised
Who will pay for the expenses of the study tour?
Can my spouse and children accompany me on the tour?
Do I have a contract guaranteeing employment when I start the language course?
Do I have to pay for the course or any other service of MediCarrera?
Is it possible to learn Swedish, Norweigan or Danish in four months?
Yes, if you put a lot of effort into the introductory internet course as well as in the intensive course, you will have a good enough level to be able to start your employment and communicate with colleagues and patients. During the first months in your new job as a doctor, you will usually not have your own patients so you will have time to practice understanding and step by step get
Do all participants manage to reach the required level in four-five months?
If any participant needs extra support to learn the language we normally detect that within the first month and we will organise extra classes to help that person complete the course according to objectives. Some doctors need to study one or two extra months, with the same financial arrangements, before being able to start working. The objective is to give every doctor, nurse or dentist the support he or she needs to be able to start.
What is the language course like for the other family members?
What is the apartment like during the course?
At the start, what kind of apartment will I be able to rent in Sweden, Norway or Denmark?
Can you help my spouse to find work?
If the spouse is working as a doctor, nurse or dentist we can help with contacts and lay out the possibilities. In other cases, we will help you with contacts with the public employment service. You must be realistic when estimating the time it will take for your partner to find work in Scandinavia, depending on their profession. In some professions, it will mean starting all over again.
Will I get help to apply for medical degrees and with other practical issues?
Can I bring my pet?
Can I bring my car?
What is the cost of living in Scandinavia?
Scandinavia is an expensive expat destination and the cost of living is high, even by European standards. Eating out, utilities and petrol are especially pricey. Luckily, wages are high to balance out the high cost of goods and services.
The estimated cost of living depends on the city, and of course on the individual person. The cost of living in Scandinavia will vary depending on your lifestyle and habits. Many services in Scandinavia such as medical treatment are paid for via taxes and the welfare system. For more information see these links:
What are the taxes in Scandinavia?
Taxation in Sweden: Generally, an individual is considered a resident of Sweden for the purposes of the Swedish individual income taxation if they have a real home in Sweden. Тhe Swedish Tax Agency’s opinion is that an individual who regularly stays overnight in Sweden in a consecutive six‐month period should be considered as a resident in Sweden. A person who has previously been living in Sweden and keeps essential ties to Sweden, such as e.g. a house, family members, business and/or substantial investments after moving from Sweden is also considered as a tax resident of Sweden. Generally, the burden of proof is on the individual to substantiate their non-resident status for the next five years following departure.
Swedish tax residents are liable for income tax on their employment income regardless of where it is derived from. The cash principle applies which means that income is generally taxable upon receipt. Generally all earnings, including benefits in kind, from an employer to an employee are reportable and taxable as income from employment. Taxable income includes salary, bonus payments, allowances, stock options and housing benefits. The tax rates ranges from 31% up to approximately 56‐58% (depending on municipality).
Taxation in Norway: Taxes are calculated based on a table depending on your income as well as any loans and interest paid related to your loans. In general, tax on base salary ranges between 36% and 48%.
Taxation in Denmark: The tax depends on the overall financial situation of the individual (loans, extra income, etc). However, a general benchmark for income tax for high earners (which doctors are) is approximately 50%. Although this may seem extremely high, keep in mind that Denmark is a well-developed welfare state and that all schools, hospital services, etc are free.