Registration in the Swedish Population Register

Folkeregistrering i Sverige
Read about when you are entitled and obligated to register in the Swedish Population Register and how to order a Swedish ID card.

Regulations on registration in the Swedish Population Register

If you are a citizen of a Nordic country and are planning to live in Sweden for more than 12 months, you must register in the Swedish Population Register.

If you are a Nordic citizen, you can stay in Sweden for up to one year without registering in the country.

If you are under 18 and move to Sweden with your parents, the same regulations on registration apply for children as for adults.

You can only be registered in one country at a time. If you are in doubt about whether you must register in the Swedish Population Register, it is the regulations of the country to which you move that apply.

If you are registered in the Swedish Population Register, this generally means you are covered by social insurance in Sweden. However, there are exceptions to this, for example if you are studying or are not covered by social insurance in the country from which you moved. If you are uncertain about whether you are covered by social insurance in Sweden, you should contact the Swedish Social Insurance Agency,  Försäkringskassan.

When you register in Sweden, your social insurance in the country from which you moved generally ceases. You should contact Försakringskassan and ensure you are covered by Swedish social insurance.

How do I notify a move from Sweden to another Nordic country?

When you move to Sweden from another Nordic country, you must notify your move to Sweden within the first week. You do this by making a personal visit to the Swedish Tax Agency, Skatteverket.

The Swedish Tax Agency assesses whether you satisfy the conditions for registration as a resident. If you satisfy the requirements for registration as a resident, you are registered from the date on which you notified your in-migration date to Sweden, on condition that you notify your move to Sweden within a week from the date you stated that you moved to Sweden.

If your application for registration as a resident is submitted later than one week after the date you stated you moved to Sweden, registration applies from the date on which the Swedish Tax Agency received your notification of the move to Sweden.

The Swedish Tax Agency informs the country from which you moved that you have moved to Sweden.

What documents do I need to take?

You must take the originals of your passport or a national ID card when you notify your move at the Swedish Tax Agency. If you do not take your passport or a national ID card, but some other valid proof of ID, you date of in-migration is registered as the date when a decision was made about the move.

You must also take original documents or verified copies that prove your civil status (vigselbevis) and birth certificates (födelseattester) of your children, if you have children. If you have previously been registered in Sweden, and there has been no change in your civil status, and you have not had more children while you were abroad, you do not need to bring documentation about civil status or birth certificates for your children.

If you need an interpreter, you should notify this in good time.

Must I notify the country from which I have moved?

Denmark – When moving from Denmark to Sweden, you most notify the move to the population register in your municipality in Denmark and to the Swedish Population Register. If your notification in Sweden is approved, you will be automatically registered as an emigrant from Denmark. The same regulations apply for children.

Finland – When moving from Finland to Sweden, you must notify the move to the Population Register Centre (Befolkningsregistercentralen) in Finland and to the Swedish Population Register. If your notification in Sweden is approved, you will be automatically registered as an emigrant from Finland. The same regulations apply for children.

Iceland – When moving from Iceland to Sweden, the move only needs to be notified in Sweden. If your notification in Sweden is approved, you will be automatically registered as an emigrant from Iceland. The same regulations apply for children.

Norway – When moving from Norway to Sweden, the move only needs to be notified in Sweden. If your notification in Sweden is approved, you will be automatically registered as an emigrant from Norway. The same regulations apply for children.

What do I do when I move to Sweden without my parents?

If you are under 18, and are moving to Sweden without your parents, you must visit the nearest office of the Swedish Tax Agency to register in the Population Register. If you are moving to a person in Sweden, that person must go with you to the tax office.

In order to register in the Swedish Population Register, you must intend to live in Sweden for at least one year. It is important that you bring a valid passport or a national ID card as original documents. If you are under 16, your parent/guardian must accompany you when you notify in-migration to Sweden. Otherwise you must bring a personal letter from your parents/guardians. The letter must include their contact information, and they must write that they approve of you moving from another Nordic country to Sweden.

If you have more than one parent/guardian, both must sign the letter.

How do I get a Swedish personal identity number?

Everyone who is registered in the Swedish Population Register is given a personal identity number as a sign of identification. If you have once been given a personal identity number, you retain this for the rest of your life, even if you move from Sweden. 

How do I get a Swedish co-ordination number?

If you are going to work in Sweden for less than one year, and have not previously been registered in the Swedish Population Register, you can be given a coordination number. This number enables authorities and others to identify you even if you are not registered in the Swedish Population Register. The Swedish Tax Agency allocates you a coordination number when you are registered for tax. If you later become registered in the Swedish Population Register, the coordination number is replaced with a personal identity number.

A coordination number can only be requested by a public agency and certain private universities.

How do I get a Swedish ID card?

When you have become registered in the Swedish Population Register and have been given a personal identity number, you can apply for a Swedish ID card. You use this card to confirm your age and to prove your identity in various situations, such as when you collect a prescription from the pharmacy, pay with a card in a shop, or conduct bank business.

What must I do if I am a citizen of an EU/EEA country outside the Nordic region?

If you are a citizen of an EU/EEA country that is not a Nordic country, you can either have your own right to residence or a right to residence as a family member.

On the Swedish Tax Agency website, you can read what you must do when you come from an EU/EEA country and intend to live in Sweden because of studies, work or other reasons.

What must I do if I am a citizen of a country outside the EU/EEA?

If you are a citizen of a country outside the EU or EEA, you must apply for a residence permit to live in Sweden. You can apply for a residence permit at the Swedish Embassy or the Swedish Consulate in the country from which you are planning to move. Alternatively, you can apply for a residence permit at the Swedish Migration Agency when you come to Sweden.

If you are a citizen of a country outside the EU or EEA, but belong to the same family as a person who is a citizen of an EU or EEA country, you can notify the move within one week by visiting the Swedish Tax Agency in person. The Agency can then assess whether you satisfy the conditions for registration as a resident in Sweden.

If you belong to the same family as a person who is a citizen of an EU or EEA country, you must show documentation that proves you are entitled to stay in Sweden via this person, and must bring a valid passport to prove your identity and originals or verified copies of documents that show your family link to the EU or EEA citizen from whom the right of residence stems.

If you have the right of residence in Sweden and you are not a citizen of an EU or EEA country, you must, within three months of moving to Sweden, apply for a residence permit card (uppehållskort) at the Swedish Migration Agency.

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