Health Tips in Sweden



In terms of sanitation, Sweden rates as one of the best. Expats are assured of not only the best healthcare system, but of a clean and safe environment ideal for the whole family.

Drinking tap water is safe; it's even reputed to contain zero bacteria. Although there are no alarming risks when it comes to food, one should still make it a habit to wash vegetables and fruits and wash hands before eating. 

Sweden has a warm but short summer. The months of May and August can be quite hot at times, so drink up to avoid dehydration and gear up with sunscreen or sun block when going outdoors. In wintertime, be sure to don comfortable warm clothes and dress in layers. Do not forget to bring jackets or sweaters, good shoes, gloves or mittens, scarves, and other cold weather clothes. 

Get an updated flu shots before coming to Sweden, which is known for its cold Scandinavian weather. 

Beware of insect bites when going to forested or rural areas in Sweden and use insect repellents containing deet. In summer, those visiting or living in coastal areas should guard against tick bites to prevent certain diseases like tick-borne encephalitis (TBE), which is common in Sweden. 

There have been reports of bird flu outbreaks detected in wild birds in Sweden. Foreign nationals are at low risk of the virus and no human infections have been reported, but close contract with live birds should be avoided. It is highly recommended to eat only well cooked poultry dishes. 

Furthermore, you must receive professional health advice before travel for your well-being.