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As a sole trader (self-employed) you run and are responsible for the business as a private person. No starting capital is required for sole traders. You need to register your business with the Swedish Tax Agency. You can but do not have to register with the Swedish Companies Registration Office.
1. Tax registration
When starting up as a sole trader, you need to apply for F-tax and VAT registration and, where relevant, register as an employer with the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket). You can use our online service to apply for this permit. Your business will be identified by your Swedish personal identity number. If you do not have a personal identity number, you must apply for registration by submitting the SKV 4620 form.
2. Register a name for your business (optional)
You might have to register your company name with the Swedish Companies Registration Office. This can be required if you want to participate in a public procurement procedure or if your company needs permission to operate a specific type of business. They will send you a registration certificate after your company is registered.
You can also choose to register your company name at a later stage. You must then register it again, since your company name will not appear in the registration office’s registers. You can use our online service to register.
How much does it cost, and how long does it take to register a company?
See current processing times for registering a sole trader business on the Swedish Companies Registration Office website.
If your application is rejected
The Swedish Companies Registration Office can decide not to register your company name. In that case, you can choose a new name or add information to your registration application that will enable your company name to be registered.
If you want to appeal their decision, follow the instructions in the decision.
3. Other permits or applications
There might be other permits or applications that you need to consider when starting your business.
In our permit search service, you can find permits by category or in our list from A to Ö. You can also find information on permits and applications which are specific for a certain profession.
Do you have a Swedish identity number?
If you have a Swedish identity number and e-identification (e-legitimation in Swedish) you can use our e-services on verksamt.se (Mina sidor) for company registration. However, these are only available in Swedish.
Go to e-services for company registration (in Swedish)
Read more about running a business in Sweden
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