Running a business in Sweden

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Here you will find information on start-up, recruiting, selling and trading if you wish to start a business in Sweden.

At Norden Business you can find information on how to set up a business, recruit staff and operate in the Nordic region, as well as information on how to sell or trade products in another Nordic market, or hire staff across the borders of the Nordic countries.

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 is a network that can help you with questions about 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, recruiting and running a business from various authorities. You can obtain specific details on how to plan and get started with your business, and how to choose a company form and company name, create a business plan and register your business.

Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket)

If you are already running a business and have some questions about VAT, annual reports, accounting or recruitment, the Swedish Tax Agency, Skatteverket, can help you:


Verksamt is a combined service from several different Swedish authorities. Here you can obtain information about choosing a company form, creating a business plan and registering your business.

At Verksamt you can also create a checklist to find out what you need to do to start your business, and obtain information that is adapted to your individual situation.

If you are a foreign citizen and wish to start a business in Sweden, different rules apply depending on whether you are a citizen of another EU/EEA country 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)

Bolagsverket (the Swedish Companies Registration Office) registers companies and changes in companies, and receives annual reports. Here you can also purchase and search for company information in their database.

Insurance policies in Sweden

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

At Försäkringskassan you can obtain information about social security for you and your employees.

Permits in Sweden

You will need to find out whether or not your business requires a permit, registration or any other form of notification to authorities, municipalities and 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 companies in the Nordic region

Swedish companies who wish to establish themselves in or trade with other countries can obtain help from several authorities.

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 to help them 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 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 provides answers to questions about patents, trademarks, design and copyright.

Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket)

The Swedish Tax Agency provides answers to questions about taxation, VAT and taxes on imports and exports.

Swedish Customs Service (Tullverket)

The Swedish Customs Service provides information about the rules when you import and export goods to or from Sweden. is a combined service from several different Swedish authorities.

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Info Norden is the information service of the Nordic Council of Ministers. Here you can find info and tips if you wish to move, work, study, seek support or start a business in the Nordic region.