Wellness allowance

Last changed: 21 December 2020
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As an SLU employee, you can receive a wellness allowance of up to SEK 2,000 per year for any activity that complies with the Swedish Tax Agency's guidelines for tax-exempt wellness activities.

Examples of wellness activities are gymnastics, strength training, spinning, bowling, racket sports, team sports and dance workouts.

You may also use the wellness allowance for tai chi, qigong, information on stress management, weight loss programmes, smoking cessation, light therapy, antenatal classes for pregnant staff and workplace massage. If necessary, you may also use the wellness allowance for a course on nicotine cessation. Read more about which activities the allowance can be used for at the Swedish Tax Agency.

Example of activities that you cannot use the wellness allowance for are visits to a naprapath, chiropractor or physiotherapist, products such as training equipment or workout clothes, entry/registration fees for sports events such as marathons or other races. Membership fees and renting or purchasing equipment are also not covered. If you are unsure whether your expense entitles you to compensation, please contact the Payroll Unit.

The size of the allowance depends on the period of employment. Employees employed throughout the year receive up to SEK 2,000. For those employed part of the year, the allowance is 1/12 of the amount per month.

Those who are employed and paid by the hour can receive an allowance corresponding to 1/12 of the amount for months when they have worked at least 40 hours.

The wellness allowance applies to employees who have a permanent employment, a fixed-term employment, are on parental leave or on sick leave. The allowance does not apply if you are on full-time leave for more than 6 months or if you receive a scholarship.

It is always the year of purchase that determines if compensation is granted, unless the maximum amount of SEK 2,000 has already been reached. The receipt must not be older than 2 years.

If you have paid your activities via direct debit, a copy of the bank statement and a receipt from the supplier should be attached. Gyms today have procedures for printing receipts to members paying with direct debit to prove that payments have been made.

The Swedish Tax Agency's guidelines for tax-exempt wellness activities (only in Swedish)
SLU wellness policy

From 1 January 2021, you will be using Actiway!

More information about how it works.

Note: Register your expenses using the health promotion for 2019 and 2020 in Primula self-service.

Pausit – for your wellbeing!

From 1 January all employees have access to the break program Pausit. The program is a modern and user-friendly tool for preventing problems that can arise with the body during too much sedentary/monotonous work. Pausit is easy to use, easy to understand and the little effort needed by you has a great long-term positive effect on your health.

All employees can install Pausit at SLU Software center.

As an SLU employee, you can participate in activities at and also get a discount at some training facilities, see below.

Alnarp

Activities

Digital activities

  •  See the expandable menu "All of Sweden". 

Discounts

To get the discounts, you have to bring your salary specification as verification of employment. This only applies at the time of purchase.

Actic

20% on a full-year membership at all Actic facilities in Lund and Malmö, see pdf.

Fitness24Seven

One year of training for SEK 2295, see pdf.

Umeå

Activities

Digital activities

  •  See the expandable menu "All of Sweden". 

Campus gym

  • The gym has recently been renovated and is located at level 1 (Skogishuset). The gym is free for all staff and students in Umeå. To access the gym, please use your keycard.

Discounts

To get the discounts, you have to bring your salary specification as verification of employment. This only applies at the time of purchase.

Fitness24Seven

One year of training for SEK 2295, see pdf.

Uppsala

Activities

Ultunapersonalens Idrottsförening, UPIF

Syltahallen has a number of scheduled activities, see schedule. If you want to participate in an activity, contact the person whose name and telephone number/email address are given for that activity.

SLU staff can book Syltahallen for individual games or other sports. You make your booking via TimeEdit. Syltahallen has different equipment such as tennis nets, floorball goals, volleyball nets, badminton nets and table tennis tables.

Access to Syltahallen is granted after you pay a fee of SEK 100/year to ULS IF. You do this during semester time between 12.30 and 13.00 at the IF room at the Ultuna Students' Union house at Duhrevägen 6. Read more about Ultunapersonalens Idrottsförening, UPIH

Zumba

Due to the decition of stricter general advice in Uppsala County 21 October, the zumba will be cancelled until further notice. When the zumba is resumed, it will be notifyed here. If you have any questions, please contact instructor Anna Westling

Digital activities

  •  See the expandable menu "All of Sweden". 

Discounts

To get the discounts below, you have to bring your salary specification as verification of employment. This only applies at the time of purchase.

Actic

20% on the full year membership at all Actic facilities in Uppsala, see pdf.

Fitness24Seven

One year of training for SEK 2295, see pdf.

Friskis och svettis

Student price for a one-year membership.

All of Sweden

Activities

Mindfulness

Learn and practice mindfulness by participating in recorded digital meditation. Meditation increases mindfulness and improves several aspects of our wellbeing. The meditations are led by Linda-Maria Mårtensson in her role as instructor in MBSR (mindfulness-based stressreduction) in her avocation YOUR ASANA www.yourasana.nu.

Take part in mindfulness whenever you want:

Contact: Linda-Maria Mårtensson at Your Asana info@yourasana.nu

Working from home

HR in Umeå was contacted by four psychology students from Umeå University who asked if SLU wanted a lecture regarding the work environment at home. The meeting resulted in a lecture, about what we ourselves can do to ensure that our mental health is good even when we work from home. The film is 35 minutes long and was shot on October 26, 2020 in Umeå, see the film. The lecture is held in Swedish and the power point presentation is in English.

Inspirational lectures on forest and health

The importance of outdoor activities for health has been highlighted during the corona pandemic. During the spring, SLU invites you to ten inspirational lectures on this theme. The webinars are given on Tuesdays at 11:30–12:30, week 4, 8, 12, 16 and 20. Each opportunity consists of two lectures (20 minutes each) and time for questions and discussion. The lectures are digital and are free, but registration is required. Read more here.

Discounts

To get the discounts, you have to bring your salary specification as verification of employment. This only applies at the time of purchase.

Fitness24Seven

One year of training for SEK 2295, see pdf.


Contact

HR specialists
HR Unit, Division of Human Resources

Page editor: HRADM@slu.se