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Moving to Sweden

If you are moving to Sweden from abroad and are planning to live in Sweden for one year or more, you are generally required to be registered in the Swedish Population Register. When you have been registered you will be given a Swedish personal identity number and be registered as living in a building with an address. Your civil status and any relationship to your spouse, children or parent will be registered.

In order to be registered in the Swedish Population Register (folkbokförd) you need to notify the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) that you intend to move to Sweden. This can be done by visiting one of our Tax Agency offices (servicekontor).

» Find your nearest Tax Agency office (in Swedish)

Bring the following document

The required documents to bring to the Tax Agency office depend on your citizenship or if you move with or move in with your family member.

Choose the alternative that best applies to you

» You are a Swedish citizen

» You are a citizen of a Nordic country

» You are a citizen of a EU or EEA country

» You are a citizen of a non-EU or EEA country or stateless

» You belong to a family that lives in or are moving to Sweden

Seeking asylum in Sweden

To be registered in the Swedish Population Register you must have a residence permit (uppehållstillstånd). You can apply for a residence permit at the Swedish Migration Agency (Migrationsverket).

For more information about asylum application and residence permit we ask you to contact the Swedish Migration Agency.

» To the Swedish Migration Agencys websiteexternal link, opens in new window

To be registered

When you are registered in the Swedish Population Register you will receive a Swedish personal identity number (personnummer). The Swedish Tax Agency will register the following information:

  • which building and address you live at
  • where you were born and your citizenship
  • your civil status and any relationship to your spouse, children or parent.

Children under 18

If a child under the age of 18 is planning to move to Sweden all the guardians need to fill out an application. If one of the guardians is abroad, he or she needs to provide written consent for the move to Sweden.

Children over the age of 16 can fill out their own application without their guardians’ written consent.

If you have income from another country

Please remember that when you move to Sweden and become registered in the Swedish Population Register, you may also be obliged to pay tax in Sweden on income that you receive from another country. Please contact the Swedish Tax Agency if you have such income.

» More information about an obligation to pay tax

Moving to Sweden - Civil registration
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