Moving to Sweden to start a business

If you are a foreign citizen and want to start your own business in Sweden, the rules that apply vary depending on whether you are a Nordic citizen, an EU/EEA citizen or a citizen of a non-EU/EEA country.

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Coordination number

Everyone in Sweden who has been registered in the Swedish population register has been assigned a unique personal identity number, which indicates the person’s date of birth and other information.

If you are not now or have not previously been registered in the Swedish population register you can instead obtain a coordination number from the Swedish Tax Agency. The coordination number is a temporary personal identity number that you will need, for example, when you apply for F-tax registration.

Who applies for the coordination number?

You cannot personally order a coordination number. The government agency you are dealing will order a coordination number from the Swedish Tax Agency.

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Three steps to starting a business


1. Decide on the type of business

Before you start a business, you must first decide on the type of business. The most common choice is to start as a sole trader. That means that you, as a private individual, own, operate and are responsible for the business. You will be personally responsible for paying your taxes and social insurance contributions, known as “personal contributions” (egenavgifter).

Information about different types of business

2. Register the company

If you intend to operate as a sole trader, you are not required to register your company with the Swedish Companies Registration Office. However, registration does protect the company name. If you do not register, someone else might register a company with the same name.

If you are going to start a limited company, a trading partnership, limited partnership or economic association, however, you must register your company with the Swedish Companies Registration Office.

Information about business registration and tax

Registration with the Swedish Companies Registration Office if you have a Swedish personal identity number

If you have a Swedish personal identity number, you can use Mobile BankID to log into our e-service and register your company (in Swedish).

E-service, Register a company and protect the company name (in Swedish)

Registration with the Swedish Companies Registration Office if you do not have a Swedish personal identity number

If you do not have a Swedish personal identity number, you can fill out a printed form instead. You can choose the right form, depending on the type of business you want to start, via the link below.

To the Companies Registration Office forms page

3. Register with the Swedish Tax Agency

All companies must register with the Swedish Tax Agency. When you register, you can apply for F-tax approval, register for business VAT and register as an employer.

Information from the Swedish Tax Agency about tax registration

Registration with the Swedish Tax Agency if you have a Swedish personal identity number

If you have a Swedish personal identity number, you can use Mobile BankID to log into our e-services and register your company (in Swedish).

Registration with the Swedish Tax Agency if you do not have a Swedish personal identity number

If you do not have a Swedish personal identity number, you must fill in the Swedish Tax Agency's form “Registering a business” (SKV 4620) and send the form to the Swedish Tax Agency.

Blankett Företagsregistrering (SKV 4620)

Send the registration form to:

Skatteverkets inläsningscentral
FE 4600
956 85 Överkalix

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