If you are a Swedish citizen and are planning to live in Sweden for one year or more, you are generally required to be registered in the Swedish Population Register.
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 and stay here for at least one year. This can be done by visiting one of our service offices (servicekontor). When you visit the office, all members of your family who are moving to Sweden must accompany you, including the children.
Prepare for your visit to the service centre by using our “Moving to Sweden” (Flytta till Sverige) service beforehand.
You can book an appointment at one of Sweden’s state service centres to notify us of your move to Sweden. It is not possible to book an appointment at every service centre. You are welcome to visit without an appointment, but be aware that the waiting times can be longer.
You need to bring the following documents when you visit one of our service offices:
Passport or national ID card.
A driver's license does not show your citizenship. To show your citizenship you must have a passport or a national ID card.
Documents showing if your civil status has changed since you last lived in Sweden, i.e., a foreign marriage certificate.
If you are unmarried, you do not need to show your civil status.
The following civil statuses exist:
Documents showing that you are family members.
Documents showing that you have been a resident in another EU or EEA country.
Documents showing that you have had right of residence in another EU or EEA country, such as proof of employment, study certificate or a certificate of a company registration.
Bring original documents
Remember that all documents verifying your civil status or your relationships must be the original documents. You can also bring certified copies.
Certified means that someone has attested that the copy conforms to the original document. Another person must sign the copy, write his or her name in block capitals and write their telephone number.
In order for your family member to be registered in the Swedish Population Register he or she must be able to show that you have returned to Sweden after having exercised your right of free movement within the EU or EEA.
Your family member should have followed or adhered to you when you used your right of free movement. Your family member needs to be able to show that you have moved to another EU or EEA country and that you have had right of residence there, for example by having worked or studied.
Your family member must be able to show that you belong to the same family. He or she can, for example, show a marriage or a birth certificate or a certificate proving that you have lived together before you moved to Sweden.
Choose one of the alternatives to see what documents your family member will need to bring when you visit one of our service offices:
If you are married, registered as partners or if the person moving with you is a child under 21, you must bring:
Official transcript from another country's civil registration (civil registry) where your relationship is registered.
Common law spouses refers to couples who are not married but live together as if married. To be considered common law spouses you must be able to show that you live together as if married. You must bring:
An extract from the Population Register from another country.
A purchase contract of your shared residence.
A lease or insurance policy for your shared residence where you both are listed.
If you are over the age of 21, or if you are not the spouse or a common law spouse to the family member you are moving in with, you must bring:
A certificate showing that you were dependent on the family member for support prior to moving to Sweden.
A certificate from an authorised authority showing that you have lived together as family members prior to the family member moving to Sweden.
A certificate showing that you have a serious illness that requires that your family member looks after you personally.
If you are not related
If you are not related, your family member must prove that you belong to the same family or that you have exercised your right of free movement. Otherwise he or she needs to show his or her own right of residence or a residence permit in order to be registered in the Swedish Population Register.
Your family member must apply for a residence permit at the Swedish Migration Agency.
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.
Hanna, who is a Swedish citizen, moved to France to study. During her time there, she met a Frenchman called Pierre. The couple lived together in France for the duration of Hanna's studies there. When Hanna completed her studies they moved to Sweden. Now Pierre wants to be registered in the Swedish Population Register and get a personal identity number.
Pierre goes to the Swedish Tax Agency's service office to register. He brings his passport, the rental contract which demonstrates that they lived together in France, and the diplomas showing that Hanna studied in France.