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Sweden Flag.gif Sweden logo.jpg
Location Sweden location.gif
Participating cities (LC's) Skåne, Linköping, Göteborg, Stockholm, Uppsala, Umeå, Örebro
Languages Swedish and english
Currency (how much is a Bigmac?) SEK 40
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
Number of Doctors and beds per 1000 people 3,28 doctors, 2,2 beds
Member of IFMSA since... 1951
Number of incoming students per year 100
Who are our NEO's Nils Hjelm (outgoing students), Viktor Domert(incoming students)
Our official website / Forum / Facebook group
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== Welcome note == Hi and welcome to IFMSA-Sweden! As a small country up in the northern reaches of Europe we are very happy to see you have taken an interest in us and consider coming for a visit! We hope you will feel very welcome and well taken care of, if you need or wonder about anything please feel free to contact us whenever you want.


FMSA-Sweden, formerly known as SweMsic, was one of the founding countries of IFMSA back in the days of 1951 and has been active in Sweden ever since. It is built up and run by medical students working on a completely volunteer basis.

The Swedish organization now consists of six Local Comittees: Stockholm, Uppsala, Umeå, Linköping, Göteborg and Skåne. These are the six cities in Sweden that houses the medical program. We have about 850 active members all over Sweden and we just started recruiting new members in other fields of study so we expect a growing number of members in the future. Nationally we gather members from the six LCs three times a year for national meetings where we discuss our work, invite lecturers, have trainings and get to know each other better. Each LC has a wide range of projects running and if you are interested you can read more about each LC - here -. For Exchange students coming to Sweden please visit our exchange homepage - here - (under construction)

Please visit our local homepage with a lot more information both for exchange students and others who are interested in our organization!

Our health care system

Sweden’s entire population has equal access to health care services. The Swedish health care system is government-funded and heavily decentralized. The health care system in Sweden is financed primarily through taxes levied by county councils and municipalities. Sweden regularly comes top or close to the top of worldwide healthcare rankings. Nowadays the private market is growing steadily but the central and main health care is provided by the governmentaly controlled hospitals and universities.

The hosptials

In each LC we have serveral hospitals that accept students for practice. Please check under each LC's link to find out more. Most fields of practice is available in most LC's but remember the language barrier in fields like psychology. Most people in Sweden speaks english very well but when talking to the doctor they prefer to speak their native tounge.

The Medical Education

Our programme takes 5,5 years to complete, 11 semesters and most students very in age from 18 to 40 because its difficult to get accepted and lots of students with top grades apply for serveral years before getting accepted. In our system we get into prectice quite early, even in the first weeks we get to visit polyclinics and get experience in talking to patients and taking basic status. Normaly our studies consists of 1,5-2 years of theory, then one year of internal medicine, one year of surgery, one year of specializations and sub-fields of surgery and internal medicine and most universities now have one semester of research or project writing. Also during the semesters we usually have some electives. Semesters normaly run from end of august to middle of december right before christmas and beginning of january to middle of june, with one week of during eastern.

Accomodation and boarding

Varies a bit between each LC so for detail info please visit the page for each LC. In general incoming students are provided with at least one meal per day (lunch) but in some cases we can also provide dinner and breakfast. This will vary each year as it is difficult for us to find sponsorships. All detailed info will be provided to the students prior to each exchange period.

Social activities

Each city offers lots of social activites and everything is normaly arranged by the LC. For details about what is offered in each LC please visit their respective pages. In some LCs some of the activities will be payed by the LC, info about this will be provided prior to the exchange.


Swedish culture has been described as characterised by etatism, paternalism, collectivism, egalitarianism combined with openness to certain aspects of international culture. Lutheranism, trade unionism, and self-reliance are aspects that have been associated with Swedish mentality. Swedish people are in general very reserved but happy to talk to strangers when a conversation has been started. Swedes are very hospitable and keen on taking care of their guests. Almost everyone can speak english.

Swedish food has traditionally been practical and sustaining. A typical old fashioned meal consists of boiled potatoes, some kind of meat or fish, a sauce and some vegetables. Fish has historically been very important. Swedes are among the heaviest coffee drinkers in the world, second only to Finland. Brewed coffee is dominant. For meals cider, beer, milk, juice, or water is standard. Swedish cider is sweeter and more fruity than foreign ciders, and is enjoyed in almost as large quantities as beer is.

Sweden is also famous for architechture and music, for example ABBA, Roxette, Robyn and Basshunter among many others.

National transportation

Sweden has a very well working public transportation system. Different companies offer these transportations in different regions so prices vary between these regions. The governmentally owned trains goes to all mayor cities serveral times a day, there are also busses going everywhere so getting around in sweden is not very difficult. However travel can be quite expensive, especially long distance train travels if you dont buy the tickes well in advance.

The rail transport market is privatized, but while there are many privately owned enterprises, many operators are still owned by state or municipalities. Operators include SJ, Veolia Transport, Connex Group, Green Cargo, Tågkompaniet, Inlandsbanan, and a number of regional companies. Most of the railways are owned and operated by Banverket. They all have their own homepages in english so for details please visit them.

The largest airports include Stockholm-Arlanda Airport (17.91 million passengers in 2007) 40 km (25 mi) north of Stockholm, Gothenburg-Landvetter Airport (4.3 million passengers in 2006), and Stockholm-Skavsta Airport (2.0 million passengers). Sweden hosts the two largest port companies in Scandinavia, Port of Göteborg AB (Gothenburg) and the transnational company Copenhagen Malmö Port AB.


Most of Sweden has a temperate climate, despite its northern latitude, with four distinct seasons and mild temperatures throughout the year. The country can be divided into three types of climate; the southernmost part has an oceanic climate, the central part has a humid continental climate and the northernmost part has a subarctic climate. However, Sweden is much warmer and drier than other places at a similar latitude, and even somewhat further south, mainly because of the Gulf Stream. For example, central and southern Sweden has much warmer winters than many parts of Russia, Canada, and the northern United States. Because of its high latitude, the length of daylight varies greatly. North of the Arctic Circle, the sun never sets for part of each summer, and it never rises for part of each winter. In the capital, Stockholm, daylight lasts for more than 18 hours in late June but only around 6 hours in late December. Sweden receives between 1,100 to 1,900 hours of sunshine annually. Temperatures vary greatly from north to south. Southern and central parts of the country have warm summers and cold winters, with average high temperatures of 20 to 25 °C (68 to 77 °F) and lows of 12 to 15 °C (54 to 59 °F) in the summer, and average temperatures of -4 to 2 °C (25 to 36 °F) in the winter, while the northern part of the country has shorter, cooler summers and longer, colder and snowier winters, with temperatures that often drop below freezing from September through May. Occasional heatwaves can occur a few times each year, and temperatures above 25 °C (77 °F) occur on many days during the summer, sometimes even in the north. The highest temperature ever recorded in Sweden was 38 °C (100 °F) in Målilla in 1947, while the coldest temperature ever recorded was −52.6 °C (−62.7 °F) in Vuoggatjålme in 1966.


Visa is not required for most countries (none from European union) but it is generally needed from Africa, Russia and some east european countries, India, south-east asia, some parts of south africa and Former republic of Jugoslavia. For detailed information please visit:

Exchange conditions

If any of our exchange conditions are unclear, please send your questions to!

Please note that we don't require any paper or electronic documents besides from the AF.

Cities offered for exchange

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