The Talent Guide

Register in Sweden

If you are planning to stay in Sweden for more than 12 months, then you’ll need to register at the Swedish Tax agency. A Personal ID Card will make your contacts with authorities and banks a lot easier. 

Population Registration and Personal Identity number 

Are you planning to stay in Sweden for more than 12 months? Then you’ll need to register at the Swedish Tax agency (called population registration).

Please note that you need to have been granted a Residence Permit that is valid for at least 12 months to register. This rule also applies for EU/EEA citizens who move to a Swedish spouse or registered partner.

To be entered into the population registration you will also need to show that you can support yourself for at least 12 months and that you either have a private full coverage health insurance, or that you are covered by the health insurance system in another EU/EEA country or Switzerland – a European Health Insurance Card is not enough in this case, only if you are still a student.

After registering with the Tax agency, you’ll get a Swedish personal identity number (personnummer). Everyone registered in Sweden has a personal identity number, and you will need one before you can become part of Swedish society. This number is unique to each individual, is based on your date of birth, and follows you throughout your life. It’s used for identification in many everyday situations so it’s a good idea to learn it by heart. To enter into the Population Register, please visit the Swedish Tax Agency.

Family members that are non EU citizens must apply for a residence card at the Swedish Migration Agency.

Should the process time for your application take longer than promised, we recommend that you contact Solvit which is a network in all EU countries that free of charge can help you with problems connected to your EU rights. Another useful site is the National Board of Trade’s ”Without a personal identity number in Sweden”.

Personal ID Card

A Swedish ID card (legitimation) is a card with your photo and personal identity number. An ID card will help in your contacts with the Swedish authorities. It will also make opening a bank account easier. To get a Swedish ID card you must have a personal identity number.

Everyone registered in Sweden has a personal identity number, and you will need one too. This number is unique to each individual, is based on your date of birth, and follows you throughout your life. It is used for identification in many everyday situations so it is a good idea to learn it by heart.

For EU citizens to just identify themselves in Sweden, a passport and an ID card from the home country is good enough.

To apply for an Identity Card, please visit the Swedish Tax Agency.