Dental Hygienists must send a copy of their diploma or certificate with a copy of their curriculumto the licensing body. If training is considered equivalent to that in Sweden, permission is given to practice. Some applicants may need to take a course to meet the requirements.
Dental Hygienist education programs are available at eight schools: Karolinska Institutet – Stockholm and at the universities of Gothenburg, Karlstad, Falun, Jönköping, Umeå, Kristianstad and Malmö.
National Board of Health and Welfare
BU enheten, 10630 Stockholm, Sweden
Tel: +46 75 2473000
Dental Hygienists that are accepted and licensed, may work without supervision. Dental Hygienists accepted and not licensed, may work with supervision.
The Swedish Embassy/Consulate in the country of residence.
Not if the applicant is from the EU or the Nordic countries. Not if the applicant has a close relative living in Sweden and requires a resident permit. Not when the applicant requires a resident permit for studies.
Yes, if the applicant is not from the EU or Nordic countries and requires a work permit.
Swedish and Finnish. It is necessary to be fluent in Swedish. Dental Hygienists may be asked to sit a national test in Swedish.
Full time work consists of 40 hours per week. 55% of dental hygienists work in the public sector, 42% work in the private sector. 3% are independent practitioners.
A competence description for a Registered Dental Hygienist
is available to download from
Job opportunities are fairly good at present and in the near future we can’t see that it will change.
|Number of Dental Hygienists, Female / Male||3.800 / 65|
|Number of Dentists||7,100|
|Number of Dental Hygiene Schools / Students per year||8 / 200|
|Practicing Dental Hygienists: Full-time / Part-time||3,200 / 600|
|Number of Dental Hygienists in private sector / public sector||1,500 / 2,260|
|Number of Dental Hygienists practicing as Clinicians||3,690|
|Number of Dental Hygienists practicing as Educators||60|
|Dental Hygienists practicing as Administrators and/or Consultants||50|
|Number of Dental Hygienists in other practice settings||250, independent clinicians|