Coordination numbers confirm the identity of people who need to interact with Swedish public authorities, or other parts of Swedish society, but have never been listed in the Swedish Population Register. A coordination number makes it easier to interact with Swedish public authorities, employers, schools, banks, and so on. The Swedish Tax Agency decides whether to issue a coordination number.
If you are going to live and work in Sweden, but do not meet the requirements for being listed in the Swedish Population Register, you can apply for a coordination number instead. If you have a coordination number and you are listed in the Population Register at a later date, your coordination number will be replaced with a personal identity number.
If you come to Sweden to work, you must be registered for tax here. This means that you must apply for tax registration whether or not you have a coordination number.
If you are not listed in the Swedish Population Register, you must submit a tax registration application for each period of work or each income year.
If you do not have a coordination number, the Swedish Tax Agency will assign one to you when we process your application for tax registration. You do not need to apply for a coordination number as well.
The length of your stay in Sweden determines how you are taxed, and how you should apply for tax registration.
If you stay in Sweden for less than six months and work for the whole or part of this period, you must pay special income tax for non-residents abroad (SINK)
You can apply via our e-service or by filling in a paper form.
You must submit the following documents with your application:
If you stay in Sweden for six months or longer and work for the whole or part of this period, you generally pay ordinary income tax in Sweden. In this case, you or your employer should submit a preliminary income tax (A-tax) notification. You can do this via our e-service or by filling in a paper form.
You must send the following documents with your application:
Find out more about moving to Sweden and starting work here:
If you are planning to run a business in Sweden, you should apply for F-tax approval. You can apply for F-tax approval in our e-service Registration of foreign companies in Sweden or by filling in the paper form Tax application for foreign entrepreneurs (SKV 4632).
The length of your stay in Sweden helps to determine which type of registration number you should be assigned.
If you stay here for more than six months (i.e. you have unlimited tax liability but are not listed in the Swedish Population Register) and do not have a Swedish personal identity number or coordination number, you will be assigned a coordination number when you are approved for F-tax.
If you stay here for less than six months (i.e. you have limited tax liability), you will be assigned a special registration number (a GD number) when you are approved for F-tax.
More information about unlimited and limited tax liability:
If you are going to study in Sweden and do not have a Swedish personal identity number or coordination number, a university or college with the right to award certain qualifications can request a coordination number for you. The university or college is obliged to check whether a coordination number is required.
Your identity has to be established, and the request that the university or college submits to the Swedish Tax Agency must include a current contact address for you.
Swedish public authorities can request a coordination number for you if they need one to address a matter concerning you. The coordination number will then be used to identify you and to facilitate the exchange of information with other authorities and organisations.
If a public authority has requested a coordination number for you, you will be notified about this and you do not have to do anything yourself. Sweden’s public authorities include the Swedish Tax Agency, the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (“Försäkringskassan”), the Swedish Migration Agency (“Migrationsverket”) and the Swedish Police.
Municipalities, county councils, banks and insurance companies cannot request a coordination number for you.
If you have a connection to Sweden and need a coordination number, you can apply for a coordination number yourself. You might own a property and need to register for an electricity account or refuse collection, for example. Alternatively, you might need to open a bank account because you are going to study.
To apply for a coordination number, you must visit a Swedish state service centre in person.
You cannot send in your application, since you have to prove your identity with an approved identity document. An approved identity document could be a passport from your home country; an identity card issued by an EEA country or Switzerland; or an alien’s passport or travel document issued by the Swedish Migration Agency (“Migrationsverket”).
If you are unable to prove your identity with an approved identity document, the Swedish Tax Agency can make an overall assessment based on the documents you have provided.
You must apply by filling in this form:
You must fill in every section of the form, and it is important to provide your contact address.
You must also provide full details of your connection to Sweden and why you need a coordination number.
If you need a coordination number to work in Sweden, you should apply for tax registration instead. Find out more under “Coordination number for employment in Sweden”.
If you have been given a personal identity number or coordination number before, you should use that number. Do not apply for a new one.
To apply for a coordination number for a child, the child’s parents or guardians must take the child to a state service centre. If you have joint custody and one parent or guardian is not able to come, the person who brings the child to the service centre must have a written power of attorney from the other parent or guardian. The power of attorney must state that the child’s other parent or guardian has the right to represent the child when applying for a coordination number.
To assign you a coordination number, we need a current postal address for you. You must state your contact address in your application. You can provide a contact address in Sweden or another country.
It is important to notify us if your contact address changes.
You can notify us by filling in form SKV 7542:
For your identity to be established, you must be able to prove your name, date of birth and citizenship. You must also state your contact address, place of birth and gender in your application.
When your identity is established and you have been assigned a coordination number, current information about you will be stored in the Swedish state personal address register (SPAR). This can be useful when you are in touch with your landlord, mobile phone operator, electricity supplier, etc.
If you have a certified coordination number and a valid ID document, you may be eligible for the e-identification service Freja eID Plus, which enables you to use certain digital services.
The status of a coordination number can vary. A coordination number can be active, inactive, inactive closed, or deregistered in connection with a person’s death. You can find out more about the rules regarding inactive and inactive closed coordination numbers on this page:
If you have a coordination number and wish to change or correct details about you that have been registered by the Swedish Tax Agency, please notify us by filling in form SKV 7541 “Samordningsnummer – Ny uppgift” (“Coordination number – update information”).
You may need to update your personal details if your name or citizenship changes, for example. You must provide confirmation of the new details by submitting a certified copy of your passport or other documentation with form SKV 7541.
To change your contact address, please use form SKV 7542 “Coordination number – contact address”.