Activities and benefits for the elderly

Last updated: 4 10 2018

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This material is from the book About Sweden.

There are many benefits and activities targeted at the elderly.

There are many associations that arrange activities for pensioners. One example of just such an association is the Swedish National Pensioners' Organisation (PRO).

In many municipalities in Sweden, older people travel free or with a reduced price on public transport at certain times of the day.

If you are elderly and have a disability that makes it difficult for you to use public transport, you can use mobility services. You are then able to travel by taxi instead of bus or tram at a reduced price. You have to apply to the municipality in which you are registered to be able to use mobility services. You must also send in a mobility services certificate from a doctor to certify that you are unable to use public transport.

When travelling within your own municipality, it is often possible to use what are called flex lines. These are small buses with a floor that is level with the pavement so as to make it easier for people with wheeled walkers or wheelchairs. The flex line route means that is comes closer to your home than normal public transport. The bus only stops at the places where someone has booked a pick up or drop off. As a result, the route and journey time can vary each time.