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Here’s what changes about life in Sweden in September 2020

Here's what changes about life in Sweden in September 2020
The big news will be the announcement of the autumn budget. But what to expect? Photo: Izabelle Nordfjell/TT
A lot changes about Sweden in the autumn, from the return to school or university to the days suddenly getting noticeably shorter. But on the wider level, here are some of the law changes and announcements that will be coming this month.

Budget

Sweden's government will put forward its autumn budget proposal on September 21st.

We already know this will be a 100 billion kronor budget, with a focus on kick-starting the economy and welfare sector which have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. 

We also know that the budget will include tax cuts, as agreed by the Social Democrat-Green government and the Centre and Liberal parties, which are also involved in budget negotiations. 

But the government won't outline the exact policies and sectors which will benefit from the funds until later this month.

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Travel warning updates

For countries within the EU/EEA and Schengen area which are not on Sweden's exempt list, the Swedish Foreign Ministry currently recommends against non-essential travel until September 9th.

Earlier this summer Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Switzerland, and the Vatican were all removed from the travel warning.

It remains to be seen whether the remaining countries in the bloc will also be added to this list in September, or if the travel warning will be extended further.

The Foreign Ministry's travel warning is based on restrictions such as quarantines, rather than the spread of infection in the destination country. It doesn't mean you cannot travel but it could have implications for your travel insurance or access to assistance if you travel against advice.


Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

Many coronavirus subsidies expire

Many extra measures put in place to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus are set to expire in September.

These include:

  • Sick pay on the first day of illness
  • The government covering company costs of sick pay that is higher than usual due to the pandemic
  • Compensation for people in risk groups who missed work due to the pandemic
  • VAB for parents of children in risk groups

Dental care

Not the most exciting topic, but an important one nonetheless.

From September 1st 2020, new legislation comes into force which means people who missed out on planned dental care due to the coronavirus should still be able to get their dental care subsidy.

Under the new law, there's the possibility to make exceptions for the rules on how compensation is calculated, so that patients don't miss out on subsidies if they couldn't have treatment during the reimbursement period.


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