Running a business in Sweden

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This page contains information about start-up, recruitment, selling and trading when you want to start a business in Sweden.

At, you can find information on how to set up and run a business, and recruit staff, in the Nordic region. You can also find information about selling or trading goods, and hiring staff.

At the European portal, Your Europe, you can read more about the rules for starting a business in another EU or EEA country.

The Enterprise Europe Network can help you with questions concerning the EU and the European market.

Starting a business in Sweden

If you want to start a business in Sweden, you can obtain information about setting up and running a business, and recruiting staff, from various public agencies. You can obtain more specific information on how to plan and get your business up and running, how to choose a company type and company name, draw up a business plan and register your business.

Swedish Tax Agency

If you are already running a business and have any questions about VAT, annual reports, accounting, or employment, the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) can help you. You can also find specific information about foreign companies conducting business in Sweden. If you are self-employed, you must keep business accounts (bokföring) and prepare annual income statements (bokslut).

Verksamt is a collaborative service involving several Swedish public agencies. The service can provide you with information about choosing company type, drawing up a business plan, and registering your business. You can also create your own checklist to find out what you need to do to start your business, and obtain information that is specific to your own situation.

If you are a foreign citizen and want to start your own business in Sweden, the rules that apply vary, depending on whether you are an EU/EEA citizen or a citizen of a country outside the EU/EEA. You can find more information about this in Verksamt’s Guide for Foreign Nationals.

Swedish Companies Registration Office (Bolagsverket)

The Swedish Companies Registration Office (Bolagsverket) registers companies and changes in companies, and receives annual reports. You can also search for and buy company information from its database.

Insurances in Sweden

When you start a business, it is important to check what insurance you will need for yourself, your business, and any employees. Contact several insurance companies and compare their different offers before you decide.

Försäkringskassan can provide you with information about social insurance for you and your employees.

Permits in Sweden

You must find out whether your business requires a permit, registration or some other form of notification to public agencies, municipalities, or other organisations. The authorisation and supervisory authorities may be local, regional or national, such as municipalities, county administrative boards and police authorities, or the Swedish Data Protection Authority and the Swedish National Food Agency.

Swedish businesses in the Nordic region

Swedish businesses that wish to set up in or trade with other countries can obtain help from several public agencies.

Business Sweden

Business Sweden offers services in all phases of a company’s internationalisation.

Enterprise Europe Network

Enterprise Europe Network provides free assistance to small and medium-sized businesses, helping them to find international business partners, understand EU directives, and source EU funding.

Swedish National Export Credits Guarantee Board (Exportkreditnämnden)

The Swedish National Export Credits Guarantee Board aims to promote Swedish exports and the internationalisation of Swedish companies.

National Board of Trade (Kommerskollegium)

The National Board of Trade Sweden (Kommerskollegium) acts as an ombudsman and a Solvit Centre for companies that encounter trade barriers in their foreign affairs.

Swedish Patent and Registration Office (Patent- och registreringsverket)

The Swedish Patent and Registration Office can answer questions about patents, trademarks, design and copyright.

Swedish Tax Agency

The Swedish Tax Agency answers questions about taxation, VAT, and customs duties on imports and exports.

Swedish Customs (Tullverket)

The Swedish Customs Service provides information about applicable regulations when you import and export goods to or from Sweden. is a collaborative service for businesses, involving several Swedish public agencies.

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