General information regarding COVID-19

The risk of community transmission of the coronavirus in Sweden is currently very high, according to the Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndigheten). The City of Stockholm pays close attention to updated advice given by the Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndigheten) on the coronavirus. The City of Stockholm cooperates closely with other autorities and municipalities, and is ready to act on any new developments.

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Help reducing the spread of the virus

  • Stay at home if you feel unwell and have symptoms such as cough, fever, body ache or even just a stuffy nose. Avoid seeing other people than the ones you live with. Don’t go back to school or work until you have been symptom free for at least two days.  
  • To protect the most vulnarable, It is currently not allowed to visit nursing homes. Visits at hospitals and where other risk groups may be - should be avoided.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Or use hand sanitizers.
  • The Foreign Office of Sweden advice against travelling abroad.

If you have symptoms and need advice, please call the Stockholm Region health line 1177 (phone number +461177). The support line is answered and staffed by medical personnel.

If you have questions about the coronavirus and covid-19, that are not related to symtoms, please call the national information line 113 13. You can also search information on 1177 website

Corona update: Support for companies in the Stockholm region

The safety of international and domestic companies in the Stockholm region is of utmost importance to us.

The Swedish government is investing up to SEK 300 billion to support the business sector. We have listed some of the most important measures for you as an employer or entrepreneur and will keep updating the list as new measures are proposed.

  1. Short-term layoffs. This proposal means that the employer’s wage costs can be reduced by half, with the state accounting for a larger cost. The employee will be able to receive more than 90 per cent of their salary. Read more.

  2. Liquidity reinforcement via tax accounts. Companies can delay payment of employers’ social security contributions, preliminary tax on salaries and VAT, which are reported monthly or quarterly. Read more.

  3. Central government to assume sick pay responsibility for two monthsSelf-employed persons will also be compensated in that they can receive standardised sick pay. Read more.

  4. Sickness benefit qualifying day temporarily discontinuedEmployees can apply for central government reimbursement for the first day of sickness after the fact. The application is made retroactively to the Swedish Social Insurance Agency. The employer deducts the qualifying day as normal. Self-employed persons will also receive compensation for a qualifying day. Read more.

  5. Medical certificate requirement during sick pay period to be suspended. The Government is proposing to temporarily suspend the medical certificate requirement from the eighth calendar day of a sick pay period. Read more.

  6. Riksbank lends up to SEK 500 billion to ensure credit supply to avoid vital companies from shutting down. Read more.

  7. The government appoints coordinator to stay updated on businesses’ needs. The coordinator will regularly report to the government regarding businesses’ needs and facilitate dialogue between trade unions and employers.

  8. Possible delay in payment of fees and rents in Stockholm

  9. Earlier permission of outdoor restaurants in Stockholm 

  10. The city of Stockholm will speed up payments to companies

Travel information

Ministry for Foreign Affairs advises against non-essential travel to all countries on the 14 March 2020

In light of the extensive spread of the COVID-19 virus and the rapidly changing and uncertain situation for travellers, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs advises against non-essential travel to all countries. Previous decisions taken by the MFA to advise against travel to specific countries or areas continue to apply. The decision to advise against travel was taken on 14 March 2020. This advice applies until 14 April 2020, when the situation will be reappraised.


Updated: 25-03-2020