Utbildad utomlands/Educated Abroad

Du som har en utbildning från ett annat land än Sverige är välkommen att söka jobb hos oss på Region Norrbotten.

If you have an education from a country other than Sweden, you are most welcome to apply for a job here with us at Region Norrbotten.

Welcome to Norrbotten (pdf)

För att kunna få en svensk legitimation behöver du visa att du har rätt yrkeskvalifikationer för ditt yrke samt nödvändiga språkkunskaper i svenska, danska eller norska. Det gäller även om du är medborgare i Sverige, Danmark, Finland eller Norge.

Ansök om legitimation (socialstyrelsen.se)

För yrken som inte kräver legitimation, till exempel undersköterska, tandsköterska och medicinsk sekreterare, rekommenderar vi att du tar kontakt med Universitets- och högskolerådet. De gör en bedömning av din utländska utbildning. 

Bedömning av utländsk utbildning (uhr.se)

Är du intresserad av att arbeta inom Region Norrbotten är du välkommen att söka våra lediga tjänster eller lämna en spontanansökan.

Lediga jobb

In order for you to receive a Swedish license you will need to show that you have the right professional qualifications for your profession and have necessary language skills in Swedish, Danish or Norwegian. This also applies if you are a citizen of Sweden, Denmark, Finland or Norway.

Apply for a license (socialstyrelsen.se)

For professions that do not require a license, for example assistant nurse, dentist and medical secretary, we recommend that you contact the Swedish Council for Higher Education. They will make an assessment of your foreign education.

Recognition of foreign qualifications (uhr.se)

If you are interested in working within Region of Norrbotten, you are welcome to apply for our vacancies or submit an unsolicited application.

Vacant jobs

För dig som är utbildad i ett legitimationsyrke utanför EU/EES finns det olika sätt att få legitimation i Sverige. Väljer du vägen via Socialstyrelsen börjar du med att få din utbildning granskad. Oavsett vilken väg du väljer så är alltid det sista steget att ansöka om legitimation hos Socialstyrelsen. 

Du som har utbildat dig utanför EU/EES men har arbetat i ett annat EU/EES-land i minst tre år, ska ansöka om legitimation som om du hade varit utbildad inom EU/EES.

Ansök om legitimation (socialstyrelsen.se)

Praktisk tjänstgöring

För att göra praktisk tjänstgöring behöver du ha klarat det teoretiska kunskapsprovet samt fått beslut om praktisk tjänstgöring från Socialstyrelsen. Den praktiska tjänstgöringen är 3–6 månader beroende på yrke. Information om hur den praktiska tjänstgöringen utförs och bedöms finns att läsa hos Socialstyrelsen. Du behöver ha mycket goda kunskaper i svenska språket och vi rekommenderar att du har gått Socialstyrelsens kurs i svenska författningar. För att visa ditt intresse för praktisk tjänstgöring inom Region Norrbotten ansök nedan.

Kom ihåg att bifoga alla dokument som kan vara bra för oss att ta del av och styrka din kompetens. Exempelvis examensbevis, legitimation eller utlåtande från Socialstyrelsen.

Ansökan praktisk tjänstgöring


Du som är medborgare i ett land utanför EU behöver i de flesta fall arbetstillstånd för att arbeta i Sverige. Om du inte har arbetstillstånd och blir erbjuden en tjänst i Region Norrbotten är det viktigt att du informerar om detta så vi kan göra en ansökan. Läs mer om processen att söka arbetstillstånd på Migrationsverkets hemsida.

Arbeta i Sverige (migrationsverket.se)

For those who are trained in a licensed profession outside of the EU/EEA, there are various paths to obtain a license in Sweden. If you choose the route via the National Swedish Board of Health and Welfare, you will start by having your education reviewed. Regardless of which path you choose, the last step in the process is always to apply for a license at the National Swedish Board of Health and Welfare. 

If you have been educated outside the EU/EEA but have been employed in another EU/EEA country for at least three years, you must apply for a license as if you had been educated within the EU/EEA.

Apply for a license (socialstyrelsen.se)

On-the-job training

To do on-the-job training, you need to have passed the proficiency test and received a decision on the on-the-job training from the National Swedish Board of Health and Welfare. On-the-job training is 3–6 months depending on profession. Information on how the on-the-job training is carried out and assessed can be found at the National Board of Health and Welfare. You need to have very good knowledge of the Swedish language and we do recommend that you have taken the National Board of Health and Welfare's course in Swedish constitutions. To show your interest in the on-the-job training within the Region of Norrbotten, please apply below.

Remember to submit any documents which may be useful for us to peruse and confirm your competence. For example, degree certificate, license or statement from the National Board of Health and Welfare.

Application for on-the-job training

Work permit

If you are a citizen of a country outside the EU, you will in most cases need a work permit to work in Sweden. If you do not have a work permit and are offered a position in Region Norrbotten, it is important that you inform us about this so that we can put in an application. Read more about the process of applying for a work permit on the Swedish Migration Agency's website.

Working in Sweden (migrationsverket.se)

Meet some of our co-workers at Region Norrbotten.

Aristea loves being av nurse in Sweden

As a nurse you are important in the development of care where the patient is the main focus. For us it means that we want to make health care better. Every day. In large and in small. In every meeting.

Aristea Bergström was born in Volos, Greece and has lived most of her life in Sweden. For the past 25 years she has worked as a surgical nurse. "Providing advanced care and keeping patients under complete observation suits me perfectly" she says.

At the Surgical Clinic of Sunderby Hospital in northern Sweden, the staff work in teams which usually consist of three people - a surgical nurse, an anaesthetics nurse and an orderly. The team works together all day along, with one or several surgeons. "It's important that the surgical nurse is a team-player. We're dependent on each other".

Being a surgical nurse

As a surgical nurse she takes care of the patient before as well as during the operation. She makes sure that the patient is informed about the surgical procedure in advance, she cleans and clothes the patient in the required manner and ensures that all the necessary instruments are in the right place. The surgeon and Aristea then carry out the operation together, where she is responsible for sterility, the instruments and apparatus, and to dress wounds. After the operation she pass along the patient to the recovery room, making sure that the surgeon's orders go with them. "Concentrating on one patient at a time is one of the best things about my job", she says.

There are constant new developments in the field of surgery. Staff have to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in equipment and methods, therefore training and education are very important.

Sunderby hospital was built in 1999. As early as the planning and construction stage, the staff had a say in the design and layout of the hospital. "One feature I like are the large windows in the operating rooms. It's nice to see daylight and the landscape outside even while we're operating".
Normal working hours are 07.00-16.00. During this time, both planned and emergency operations are carried out. Outside normal working hours, only emergency surgery is performed.

In the spare time

Aristea Bergström now lives in Boden, about twenty minutes by car from the hospital. She has two children and is very happy with both the child day-care and the Swedish school system. After school and working hours there are plenty of organisations, clubs and societies to join. One of Aristea's children plays football while the other one does individual sports. "Whatever you want to do, there's a club or society for it. In Sweden nobody needs to sit at home alone. It's easy to become part of the community".

There are also plenty of wide-open spaces and wilderness in northern Sweden. You can go hiking on the inland mountains in both winter and summer. The coast is a splendid area for sea-bathing and in winter the water is covered by a thick layer of ice. "In winter, lots of people go out onto the sea ice just to take a walk or have a picnic. It's incredibly beautiful", says Aristea.

Ioannis is here to stay

Good working conditions and the opportunity to develop both as a specialist physician and as a person. This is how Greco-Swedish Ioannis Gkekas sums up his life in northern Sweden.

We already have several foreign doctors who by themselves or with their families have taken the step of moving to Norrbotten to work with us. We need new additions to our staff and are looking for doctors for several of the medical centres in our county.

A doctor moving here from another country will most likely experience a quieter work environment. We can offer you a stimulating and challenging job where you work together with other doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals.

Good working conditions and the opportunity to develop both as a specialist physician and as a person. This is how Greco-Swedish Ioannis Gkekas sums up his life in northern Sweden.

Ioannis welcomes new colleagues from his home country. "If you're young, ambitious and bold enough to take a chance, then I think that you should try working here", he says.

Swedish labour laws are very favourable and Ioannis Gkekas sees many differences between working in Sweden and Greece. "Here in Sweden I work hard but I'm well compensated including compensatory time off work". He considers that Swedish health care has a professional attitude which suits him.

The relationship between the staff and the patients is special and he thinks this leads to a different atmosphere at the hospital. "When my parents came here to visit me, they were surprised by how quiet it was here. If they went into a similar hospital ward in Greece, they would hear patients shouting and staff calling out to each other. Here everybody works calmly and efficiently instead".

A friendly community

Thanks to language tuition and having to speak so much Swedish at work, he learnt the language quickly. Becoming part of the community was also no problem. Ioannis had earlier worked in a number of hospitals in Sweden and then returned to Greece. When he found out that Norrbotten County Council were looking for doctors with his specialisation he decided to move to Sweden again.

He has now worked as a specialist physician at the Surgical Clinic since 2013 and believes that his future will be in Sweden. "When I came here for the first time, it was mostly because I wanted an adventure. I soon realised that in Sweden I can achieve personal and professional development in a different way to what is possible in Greece", says Ioannis Gkekas.

With us, there is space to grow and develop. Health and enjoying work are important parts of our operations, which is why we’re offering a number of different benefits that we hope will give you the opportunity to feel good, both at work and outside of work.

Development and Career Opportunities

Our focus is on development. We offer a dynamic environment of development where work with improvement and renewal is an important part of day-to-day life. This means that you have great opportunities to develop in your professional role, and to influence your work and workplace. You are entitled to an individual development plan that is designed and followed up in dialogue with your manager.

Competence development is more than just traditional education. We also offer mentorship, guidance, networks, and a wide array of internal courses and lectures. We work with e-learning, which provides a high degree of access and proximity to new knowledge.


A good introduction lays the foundation for a good start at work. We want you to feel safe and secure in your new role. That’s why you are entitled to an introduction that is adapted to suit you and your needs.

Healthy Workplaces

We work actively to create healthy workplaces where staff members feel good and enjoy working. Our health-promoting attitude includes identifying, focussing and developing – in different ways – what works well, is perceived by the group/individual as positive, and leads to good health. This can be done through activities or measures that make us feel joy, a sense that we’re part of something, motivation, and dedication to the workplace, colleagues and region. A preventative attitude, which is about identifying and eliminating factors that lead to ill health and injuries, is also included.

Life Balance

We want you, as a staff member, to have a good balance between work, leisure and family life. That’s why many of our operations employ flexible work hours, and opportunities for you to make your own schedule.

Health Promotion Allowance

Region Norrbotten wants to inspire you, as a staff member, to engage in health-promoting activities. That’s why staff members are offered SEK 2,200 per year in the shape of a health promotion allowance, which can be used for many sports and activities.

Health Chat When You Enter a New Decade

Good health is one of the most important things in life for most people, which is why you’re offered a health chat during paid working hours when you turn 40, 50 or 60. At the health chat, your lifestyle habits and other things that may affect your health are discussed. You’ll receive individual support and advice for any lifestyle changes.

Help to Quit Smoking or Snus

We are a tobacco-free workplace, and one of our overall goals is better popular health in Norrbotten. Quitting smoking or snus is a wise investment in yourself. An investment that will make you healthier, stronger and richer. That’s why we help those who want to quit through cessation activities during paid working hours.

Parental Insurance Addition

During your parental leave, you can get an additional 10 per cent of your basic salary for 180 days. The addition is based on the salary you have when you go on parental leave. If you have a monthly salary that is above the Swedish Social Insurance Agency’s compensation cap, we’ll pay difference compensation, also called parental salary.

If You Become Sick

If you need to go on sick leave, you will receive a sum that is equivalent to 10 per cent of the salary you have lost after 14 days.

If you are sick for longer than 90 calendar days, you can receive compensation for 10 per cent of the salary you have lost through the group sickness insurance (AGS-KL).


You have a basic 25 days of leave per year. After you’ve turned 40, you get six extra days, and after you’ve turned 50, you have a total of 32 days of leave.


We set aside a certain percentage of your salary for your occupational pension. You choose where the money is to be placed. Below are some examples of pension contributions dependent on salary level.

The examples are based on a person born in 1979, working full-time during the day.

SEK 24,000: around SEK 12,960/year

SEK 31,000: around SEK 16,740/year

We put aside a larger part for your occupational pension to cover the cap for your public pension if you have an income over 7.5 income base amounts (around SEK 40,250/month, year 2019).

SEK 55,000: around SEK 29,700 + an extra part for the salary above 7.5 income base amounts.

Salary Exchange

You have the opportunity to do a salary exchange, which means that you swap part of your current salary for a future pension. Thus, you get a higher pension premium compared to if you had paid for the premium privately.

Manager and Leadership Development

Region Norrbotten’s various management training courses will give you, as a manager, tools to handle and feel safe in your role as leader. Two new manager programmes will start in the spring of 2022. Practical Leadership and Managers Leading Managers. Move Management is the purchased supplier, and will provide the region’s leadership training courses.

Leisure Associations

Region Norrbotten has five leisure associations around the county. Here, staff members can propose and implement health-promoting activities, such as organising trips, bowling, skiing, or other health-promoting activities.