Get started – trading or limited partnership

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A trading partnership is an alternative if at least two natural persons or legal entities wish to start a business together. There is no requirement to invest capital, although the partners are personally, jointly and severally liable for the company's debts.

Company registration

1. Register with the Swedish Companies Registration Office

A partnership must always be registered with the Swedish Companies Registration Office (Bolagsverket). Following registration, the company is allocated a corporate identity number and receives protection for its business name. The company has exclusive rights to the name in the county in which it is based. It is possible to protect the name in other counties by making additional registrations with the Swedish Companies Registration Office.

Register trading partnership (apply online)

2. Apply for F-tax and VAT registration

The company must then register with the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket). The company needs to apply for F-tax and VAT registration and, if relevant, register as an employer.

As a partner you must complete a preliminary self-assessment. Based on this tax self- assessment, the Swedish Tax Agency decides on your preliminary tax.

Businesses and employers at the Swedish Tax agency

Register F-tax and VAT (apply online)

3. Other permits

There might be other permits or applications that you need to consider when starting your business.

In our service Find permits you can find permits by category or in our list from A to Ö. You can also find information there about permits and applications that are specific to certain professions.

Find permits

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 (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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