DENTISTRY IN SCANDINAVIA

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Working as a Dentist in Sweden

Dentists who practice their profession in Sweden can choose to work within private practice (either employed or self-employed) or work within the public sector at a Swedish Public Dental Service clinic. In Sweden, the dentist diploma is protected by law and may only be used by a licensed individual. Licenses are granted by The National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen).

With a Master of Science in Dental Surgery from another EU country or from Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, you have the right to establish yourself as either self-employed or an employee. If your degree is from an EU country (other than Sweden or from Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland), the EU directive (2005/36/EC) requires member states to recognise the professional qualifications of other member states. In simple terms, if you have a title in Dental Surgery from any of the EU countries and wish to work in Sweden, it is quite easy to obtain a Swedish dentist license. One key point in obtaining this license is having C1 level certified in Swedish.

Working as a Dentist in Norway

Working as a Dentist in Norway could be quite profitable as people may only avail of free dental treatment up to the age of 18, and then they take out private health insurance in Norway because the fee can be quite high for highly specialised or complicated dental treatments. Authorisation and license as a dentist are granted by the Directorate of Health (before 2016: National Agency for the Authorization of Healthcare).

Professionals are required to hold a Master of Dentistry or an equivalent foreign education. Dentists work in the public dental service or conduct private practice. The business is managed by the county municipality.

 

Working as a Dentist in Denmark

In Denmark, dentists work within private practice (either employed or self-employed) or within the public sector at a Danish public dental clinic.

The Danish healthcare system is based on the principle of equal access to the healthcare system’s services for all citizens. The government pays a portion of dental costs according to the age of the people. Dentists in Denmark, usually, work in a team with dental assistants and hygienists.

In order to practice as a Dentist in Denmark, you will need to obtain a Danish authorisation, and you will also need to apply for a work permit, including for evaluation employment.