Nurse jobs in Sweden, Denmark, and Norway – how do I get one?

01. March 2022.

As you can find nurse jobs in Sweden, Denmark, and Norway by working with us, you can read all the basic information about the process we are going through together here.

The process of obtaining nurse jobs in Sweden and Denmark differs from the one in Norway. The difference is that Norway offers constantly open positions, while the process of hiring nurses in Sweden and Denmark is fully paid, but the frequency of job competitions depends solely on the health institutions in the regions we work with.

What both processes have in common is a start – once you have expressed a desire to work in Sweden, Denmark or Norway, you need to fill out a CV form tailored to the country you are interested in. You will receive a CV form (which you fill in in English) from us and we will help you highlight everything important to your potential Scandinavian employers.

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Process for Sweden and Denmark – all necessary costs in the process are paid, but you will depend on job competitions

After you have sent the CV form for Sweden and Denmark, we will present to you all the active nurse jobs in Sweden and in Denmark, meaning the ones that we received from these two countries. If you are interested in the job description and the job itself, we will set up an interview between you and the hospital. After a successful video interview, employers invite you and your family for a short visit to the city where the hospital is located. The trip usually takes about 3-4 days. The first day you are in the hospital and you get to know the work environment, the second day you get to know the city, and the third day is scheduled to return home.

After returning home and once you gathered your impressions of the hospital and the city, negotiation with the potential employer begins. If you think that the hospital where you were interviewed meets your expectations in business terms, and the city meets your expectations in the private aspect and you decide to accept the job, you sign a contract with the hospital. If you still do not see yourself in that position, we are waiting for the next competition for nurses in Scandinavia, which we will present to you.

After you accept the job, a language course is organised for you and your family for a period of 5 to 8 months. The length of the course largely depends on your commitment and talent for learning new languages which are, in most cases, between 5 and 8 months.

During this period, while learning the language, we organize the entire relocation: we look for accommodation, employment opportunities for your spouse, kindergartens/schools for children and everything you need to get used to the new environment as soon as possible. We also pay you a scholarship for living expenses during the language course, so you are not required to work during this time.

Scandinavian employers are one of the best in the world because they constantly invest in their employees and listen to their wishes and needs. Swedish, Norwegian and Danish languages are not difficult to learn. Grammar in Scandinavian languages ​​is much simpler than, for example, German, and a large number of words are related to English and German. Once you have successfully mastered one of these languages, you will be able to deal with the other two languages ​​used on the Scandinavian peninsula.

The process of finding a position that suits you, going through a Skype interview and a hospital interview, accepting a job, language course and moving takes from 10 months or more (depending on the offer of the competition).

-> The condition for applying to openings in Sweden and Denmark is a minimum of 3 years of work experience in an EU member state.

Advantages of the process for Sweden and Denmark:

  • the whole process is paid for you, paid language course and relocation for the whole family
  • working and living conditions among the best in Europe

Disadvantages of the process for Sweden and Denmark: 

  • a smaller number of competitions, only about 50 a year and mostly specific departments (for example, this year the competitions were for nurses from the emergency, psychiatry and intensive care and instrumental nurses, oncology nurses and nurses from neurology)
posao medicinska sestra Švedska, Danska, Norveška - medical nurse job Sweden, Denmark, Norway
The process for Norway and the alternative process for Sweden – a process that guarantees a job

Update: starting with March 2022, a Norwegian or Swedish language course is free of charge for all nurses who have EU citizenship and a minimum of 3 years of work experience in an EU member state.

What is important to emphasise is that we only work with serious candidates who approach the idea of possible relocation responsibly, for the reason that our time would be effective and maximized use for such candidates. Candidates who require information, consultation, and assistance on options and processes for obtaining a licence in foreign countries, as well as other important information for deciding on relocation, but do not wish to make such a decision at this time or plan to look for a job on their own, can obtain our services for a fee.

After we obtain your CV, we will organize a Skype conversation with us and colleagues from Norway / Sweden. If you decide to continue the employment process in Norway or Sweden, we include you in a Norwegian or Swedish language course that you learn up to level B2. You learn Norwegian between 10 and 12 months with your job and after passing the B1 language level you have a job interview (hospitals, health centres, clinics, homes and community centres – all according to your choice and previous experience). After the confirmation of employment in the desired job, and after passing the B2 level of language, you will start with relocation to Scandinavia. Once you have passed the B2 language level, you must report to EURES and agree on the next steps with them, as they are executing the whole project. Nurse jobs in Sweden and Norway, in this system, are open throughout the year, and when you get a license you can choose the job that suits you best. The basic annual salary is around 500,000 kroner, and in addition to the basic salary, you also receive allowances for working in shifts, weekends, night shifts and an allowance for working in rural areas (in case you choose such an environment).

Anyone who opts for this option, with our help, applies to the Scandinavian EURES office (the office finances language courses for employment in another EU member state).

All nurses who meet the participation requirements have the right to a paid language course (ie have work experience in the EU as well as citizenship in an EU Member State). The difference is that in the first option, the hospital pays for the language course in advance, whereas in the second option for Norway and Sweden the language course is paid for by our partners.

The process of finding a job that suits you, going through a Skype and hospital interview, accepting a job, a language course and moving takes about a year.

Advantages of the process for Norway and Sweden:

  • guaranteed nurse jobs in Sweden or Norway
  • you do not depend on job openings for foreigners since you’ll join the hospital as a licensed nurse that already speaks the local language
  • upon completing the B1 level, we arrange interviews with employers for which you have expressed interest

Disadvantages of the process for Norway and Sweden:

  • the relocation process is financed by yourself

-> The condition for applying to openings in Sweden and Denmark is a minimum of 3 years of work experience in an EU member state.

Depending on your preferences and capabilities, there are several ways a nurse can get a job in Sweden, Denmark and Norway. Both processes will take you to Scandinavia, but which path you choose depends solely on your desire to approach the recruitment process. Once you have decided which path you want to choose, contact us by email to plan the next steps together.

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