The social security systems of the EEA countries (EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein
and Norway) are coordinated by an EC regulation with the broad objective of
ensuring that those who move between one member state and another do not
suffer any fundamental loss of current or future rights.
Thus pension rights
acquired in different member states accumulate on retirement and visitors from
another member state are entitled to the same health benefits as the locally
insured, if they fall ill. There is also provision for those living in one EEA
country and working in another.