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You need to register an economic association with the Swedish Companies Registration Office (Bolagsverket). You also need to register your business with the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket). No starting capital is required for an economic association.
1. Register with the Swedish Companies Registration Office
You need to register your economic association no later than six months after the decision has been made to form the association. You will be sent a registration certificate after your company is registered. Following registration, the association becomes a legal person and is provided with nationwide protection of its name. You can use our online service to register.
Registration of an economic association (in Swedish)
How long does it take to register an economic association and how much does it cost?
See current processing times for registering an economic association on the Swedish Companies Registration Office website
See fees from the Swedish Companies Registration Office
If your application is rejected
The Swedish Companies Registration Office can decide not to register your association’s name. In that case, you can choose a new name or add information to your application that will enable your association’s name to be registered.
If you want to appeal their decision, follow the instructions in the decision.
2. Tax registration
Once the association is registered with the Swedish Companies Registration Office, and has been allocated a corporate identity number, you can register the association with the Swedish Tax Agency. You need to apply for F-tax and VAT registration, as well as register as an employer (if you are going to have employees).
Applying for F-tax, VAT registration, and employer registration is free of charge.
You can use our e-services or fill out our form when applying for F-tax.
Apply for F-tax and VAT (apply online)
F-tax in the Swedish Tax Agency´s brochure
3. Report the beneficial owners
You must inform the Swedish Companies Registration Office of the identity of the beneficial owners within four weeks. A beneficial owner is the person or persons who own or control the economic association.
Report the beneficial owners at the Swedish Companies Registration Office website
4. Other permits
There might be other permits or registrations that you need to consider when starting your business.
In our permit search service, you can find permits by category or in our alphabetic list. You can also find information about permits and applications that are specific to certain professions.
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.
Responsible: Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth