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As I may or may not have mentioned I was in 2018 elected to regional council on the Green party ticket and from there to the county hospital board. Among other things, I have been making it a priority to ask questions about Brexit preparedness and apparently now it is clear how to stay in Sweden if you are a UK citizen:

Resi­dence status for British citi­zens

In order for you to be able to continue living in Sweden after the transition period, you must:

  *  be a British citizen, current family member of a British citizen, or former family member of a British citizen
  *  have been in Sweden in accordance with European Union law before the end of the transition period
  *  continue to live in Sweden after the end of the transition period and also continue to meet the requirements for the right of residence, meaning as an employee, sole proprietor, student, person with adequate funds or a family member of a person who meets these conditions
  *  apply for residence status or permanent residence status before the end of the application period on 30 September 2021.

Notice how this isn't dependent at all on any new deal, so in regards to people Sweden has the rules and legislation in place to handle a no-deal, indeed the planning is based on no-deal. The same is true since a year and a half - at least for our counties hospitals - when it comes to medicine and other equipment.

I would guess the same is true elsewhere, everyone should by now done their no deal Brexit preparations, which means it doesn't really matter for hospitals, and businesses etc if there is a no deal Brexit. Of course for countries bordering the UK the situation isn't the same but for the rest of the EU I suspect forcing everyone to plan for a no deal Brexit has made a no deal Brexit a default assumption in planning. And thus no threat.

by fjallstrom on Fri Dec 18th, 2020 at 12:21:02 PM EST
I didn't realise we had an exalted one in our midst!

As Ireland has a common travel area with the UK- which I think also applies to rights of residence, I doubt much will change her, either way.

This also applies to rights to medical treatment in public hospitals where the presumption is you are entitled to (relatively) free treatment if you live here.

Is there any change in rights to public healthcare for British citizens in Sweden?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Dec 18th, 2020 at 01:14:59 PM EST
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All inhabitants in Sweden with legal residency or EU/EES residency staying less then three months has right to healthcare in Sweden (subject to small user fees). Inhabitants without legal residency and age under 18 is also in this cathegory.

In addition inhabitants without legal residency has a right to care that "can not wait" (exactly how this term should be interpreted is somewhat of a mine field).

Tourists from countries without a bilateral treaty - and Sweden does right now not have one with the UK - gets care but pays the same rate as the counties charge each other (based on real costs, so probably much cheaper then say the US).

British citizens already here should fall within the first cathegory unless they don't meet the criterias or fail to register before the deadline, then they enter the second if they stay. Will be interesting to see if the far right rolls out the usual lines about illegal immigrants. British citizens coming as tourists next year is in the third cathegory.

I have pointed out - both last fall and this fall as Brexit has loomed - to the hospital heads to make sure the hospitals HR department makes a check-up on all affected employees. People can be brilliant in their profession and still forget to hand in forms.

by fjallstrom on Fri Dec 18th, 2020 at 02:44:15 PM EST
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Thinking these through I realise that as long as you can get a job here (or otherwise fulfill the third bullet point), if you move this year you are in. And that includes the rest of December.

Now Sweden also has a economic downturn but doctors and nurses could probably call around Monday and start on Tuesday. The IT-sector is also going pretty well. Or buy a farm or something. (Don't buy a pub or a restaurant)

by fjallstrom on Sat Dec 19th, 2020 at 09:54:06 PM EST
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