In order to be registered in the Swedish Population Register as a student, you need to study for at least 12 months.
As a citizen of a EU or EEA country you have the right to stay in Sweden for three months. To be registered in the Swedish Population Register (folkbokförd) you must need to move to and intend to live in Sweden for one year or more.
You are also required to present documents proving that you have right of residence (uppehållsrätt) for at least one year.
In order to be registered in the Swedish Population Register, you need to notify the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) that you are moving to Sweden. This can be done by visiting one of our service offices (servicekontor).
To ensure that your visit to a Swedish state service centre goes as quickly and smoothly as possible, we recommend using our “Moving to Sweden” e-service beforehand. This applies whether you are moving to Sweden alone or with a partner and/or children. The e-service is a digital notification available in several languages: English, Arabic, Dari, Pashto and Swedish.
During the notification process, the e-service will suggest which documents you should bring with you to a service centre. Please note that the Swedish Tax Agency may request additional information and documents. Once you have completed all the steps in the e-service, please print out your notification and bring it with you to a service centre along with the other required documents.
The film shows how to fill in the application. It is in English with subtitles.
Prepare for your visit to the service centre by using our “Moving to Sweden” service beforehand.
You need to bring the following documents when you visit one of our service offices:
Passport or national ID card.
Documents showing your civil status, e.g., marriage certificate.
If you are unmarried, you do not need to show your civil status.
The following civil statuses exist:
Birth certificate, if you have children.
A letter of admission showing that you will study for at least 12 months
In order to be registered in the Swedish Population Register as a student, you need to study for at least 12 months. This means that one school year (two semesters) is not enough time in order to be registered in the Swedish Population Register.
Document showing that you are registered, i.e., enrolled, on a recognized study programme in Sweden.
‘Recognized study programme’ means all upper-secondary study programmes (gymnasieutbildning) and university and university college studies (högskoleutbildning) that are government- or municipal-funded.
Studies at elementary school level and Swedish for Immigrants (SFI) courses do not qualify as recognized study programmes.
A self-signed assurance that you have sufficient funds for your support for the duration of your studies.
Document showing that you have comprehensive health insurance that is valid for residence in Sweden. For students, the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is valid.
If you were registered as living in another Nordic country at the time of moving, you do not need to provide proof of comprehensive health insurance or a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
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 addition to having sufficient financial funds, you also need to have a comprehensive health insurance that is valid for residence in Sweden. It needs to be valid for at least one year from the date that you moved to Sweden. Your health insurance can either be public or private.
You need to bring an extract from the insurance terms and conditions in English. The Swedish Tax Agency cannot give advance notice whether the health insurance will be accepted at the assessment of the right of residence.
You will need to present certificate S1 which shows that you have comprehensive health insurance in an EU or EEA country other than Sweden. The health insurance should be valid for you and for your residence in Sweden. It is important that the certificate is valid for at least one year from the date that you moved to Sweden.
The certificate S1 replaces the certificates E106, E109 and E121.
You can also have a fully comprehensive private health insurance. In that case it must fulfil the following four criteria:
1. The health insurance should give you cover for the time that you live in Sweden.
2. It should be valid for at least one year from the date that you moved to Sweden.
3. It should comply with one or other of the following requirements:
4. The insurance may not have any exemption clauses that mean that it does not cover necessary medical care. There may be clauses that apply to dental care, fertility treatments, voluntary plastic surgery and force majeure situations such as war and natural catastrophes as well as preventive healthcare (for example health examinations without a medical justification), vaccinations, care of injuries resulting from participation in official sports competitions or training for such competitions, and care of injuries resulting from ‘high-risk activities’, e.g., parachuting and mountain climbing.
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 do not have right of residence (uppehållsrätt), you are required to have a residence permit (uppehållstillstånd) in Sweden that is valid for one year or more to be registered in the Swedish Population Register.
You can apply for a residence permit at the Swedish Migration Agency.
When you are registered in the Swedish Population Register you will receive a Swedish personal identity number. The Swedish Tax Agency will register the following information:
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.