How to Get a Personal Number (Personnummer) in Sweden

Having a Swedish Personal Number – officially known as a personnummer – is necessary if you want to live in Sweden over the long term, and you should plan on getting this if you intend to live in Sweden more than one year. Once you have a personnummer you can do things like:

  • Work legally
  • Get into the Swedish healthcare system
  • Get into the pension system
  • Get a driver’s license

You can obtain a personnummer by registering with the Swedish Population Register through the government tax agency known as Skatteverket. Registrations cannot be made online. You must register in person at your local Skatteverket – there are over a hundred nationwide. For starters these are some basic items you will need to provide to register when you go to a Skatteverket office:

  • A valid passport; a national ID card is also acceptable for EU/EEA citizens
  • A Swedish residence permit (uppehållskort) if you are from a non-EU/EEA country outside of Europe; an exception for this is if you are the family member of an EU/EEA citizen who is registered in Sweden
  • Although it is a requirement for a resident permit, you may be asked to provide proof that you have at least one year of coverage of health insurance with a limit of at least 246,500 SEK; an EU health card will fulfill this requirement
  • A valid address in Sweden where you live

You will also need to provide the following specific information depending on your own circumstances, and qualify for a persunnumer through one of these routes:

You can find detailed information about getting a personnummer in this brochure from Skatteverket. If you have remaining immigration question after reviewing this page please see the Ask a Question page.

Non-EU and EEA citizens who are employees in Sweden

In this category you will need to bring an official certificate of employment from you employer that includes the following information:

  • Your name and the terms of your employment
  • Your employer’s name and Swedish corporate ID number
  • The name of a contact person at your place of employment

To be eligible for the personnummer you must make at least 13,000 SEK per month (before taxes) or 7,300 SEK per month (net) as part of your employment. This is the amount the government considers to be the minimum required to support yourself.

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Non-EU and EEA citizens who are self-employed or service providers in Sweden

If you are a service provider you will need to provide some kind of official document or certificate that details the terms, conditions, and length of the service you will be providing. You will need to show that you can support yourself throughout this time by earning at least 13,000 SEK per month before taxes or 7,300 net each month.

If you are self-employed and your business is not yet up-and-running, you will in the least need to provide proof that planning for your business venture has begun, such as by showing:

  • VAT records
  • Invoices
  • Official Swedish business registration certificate
  • Proof that you have skills and previous experience in your field

Skatteverket will determine whether or not you have adequate funding to support yourself – the same amount required for service providers – and make its decision to issue a personnummer accordingly.

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Non-EU and EEA citizens who are moving to Sweden because of a family member

If you are moving to a family member who is already legally living in Sweden you will need to provide the following when you go to your local Skatteverket office:

  • Proof that you are legally related to your family member in Sweden, such as a marriage certificate or birth certificate
  • Proof that you (or your family member) are able to support yourself:
    • 7,300 SEK per month for one person
    • 10,800 SEK for two people who are married or common-law partners
    • 2,100 SEK per month for each additional child

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If you are an EU or EEA member citizen from a country in Europe

In theory as an EU/EEA citizen you automatically have the right of residence in Sweden. However it turns out this is not exactly the case. What you do have is the right to live in Sweden for three-six months while you look for work. If you want to stay longer you will need to fulfill one of the following requirements. Moreover, if you want to register with Skatteverket and obtain a personnummer you will need to meet one of these requirements for at least one year:

  • Have employment where you earn at least 13,000 SEK each month before taxes (if you are single) and comprehensive health insurance
  • Be a student at an approved institution with comprehensive health insurance
  • Be looking for work with realistic prospects, have enough money to support yourself each month (at least 7,300 SEK), and have comprehensive health insurance

Note that to fulfill the health insurance requirement an EU health insurance card is acceptable.

While I was living in Sweden it was interesting to see that it actually took some effort for EU/EEA citizens to get their Swedish personnummer. Compared with other EU countries like Germany, from what I saw it seemed that it was downright tricky in some cases. I had one acquaintance who had UK citizenship and after a year of trying to get a personnummer and getting hung up on the employment income requirement (he was working at a coffee shop about 20 hours per week) he finally gave up. Don’t be discouraged though, because if you meet the requirements for a personnummer as an EU/EEA citizen you will eventually get it.

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If you are a Student

If you are a student you must do the following to obtain a personnummer from Skatteverket:

  • Provide proof that you are a matriculated student such as a certificate of admission
  • If you are studying abroad through a program in your home country, also bring official documents from your home school showing the duration of your studies in Sweden
  • Prove that you have comprehensive health insurance while you are studying in Sweden; for EU students your European health insurance card will suffice
  • A Swedish residence permit (uppehållskort) if you are a non-EU/EEA student, or if you are a Swiss student
  • Prove that you have at least 7,300 SEK of disposable income per month for the entire duration of your studies in Sweden

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13 thoughts on “How to Get a Personal Number (Personnummer) in Sweden

  1. Onila Ionut

    Hey hey me neame it Ionut Onila I me intresting for registred British company in Sweden ….with this company I Jan have personal number ….tank you

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Onila Ionut,

      I believe if it is a company operating in Sweden then you can apply for a personnummer if you have a contract to work with that company. As I understand, any company working in Sweden must follow the Swedish laws.

      Good luck

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  2. Ramiro Alvea

    IP I am Brazilian and I’ll be working in Sweden for one year, starting next week.
    My wife is also Brazilian but she has a EU passport and citizenship.
    I have a granted visa because of my contract with a Swedish company.
    But in order to grant my wife’s a permission to stay longer than 6 months, what should we do?

    She will study while in Sweden, but so far she hasn’t enrolled for any course yet.

    Does she need a personnummer to stay longer than 6 months?

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Hello Ramiro Alvea,

      I can tell you that my wife (EU citizen) was a student in Sweden for about 9 months and she never needed a personnummer. All she needed to do was fill out a form at the Migrationsverket office that she was registering in Sweden as a student. That was about four years ago so maybe by now things have changed.

      I think your wife should not have any problems. I would say ask your questions at the Migrationsverket office once she is registering her residence in Sweden. Even if she was not a student she can stay in Sweden easily because she is an EU citizen, as well as because you are married and you have a residence permit and stable job.

      Good luck

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  3. Katierose

    Kia Ora from New Zealand! I will be moving to Sweden for about a year, and supporting myself financially (not working in sweden). Anyway, i was wondering whether just travel insurance would be sufficient for getting a personnummer as opposed to medical insurance? I will have trouble getting insurance because of pre existing conditions. If those conditions are excluded in my policy, can i still get a personnummer and access health care at the same price as the swedes?

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    1. Administrator Post author

      Kia ora Katierose,

      Hopefully someone knowledgeable in this subject will read your comment and respond, because I don’t know the answer to your question.

      If you aren’t going to be working or studying there, perhaps you don’t need a personnummer? Maybe you can just get a residence permit and have travel insurance for an emergency.

      If you need the personnummer perhaps you can qualify with private insurance too? I’m not sure. Maybe this will be a helpful article:

      https://www.justlanded.com/english/Sweden/Sweden-Guide/Health/Health-Insurance

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      1. Anonymous

        Update – incase anyone else is wondering about health insurance. I ended up getting a very expensive comprehensive health insurance policy with CIGNA after scouring the internet for suitable policies to skatteverkets standards. It had no exclusions. But when i applied for my personnummer as a self sufficient person, they denied me because the health insurance was not good enough. So my advice to anyone is, don’t even try to get a personnummer with a private health insurance policy – they want one equivalent to what you would get in sweden where you are covered for things even if you do it to yourself (like drinking too much alcohol).
        I ended up just getting a part time job JUST so i could get my personnummer. Much easier that way.

  4. Vic

    Hi, We are currently purchasing a house in Sweden. We are looking at moving in and then looking for work. We are EU and also will have approximately 500,000 SEK in the bank. We will need a person number as we have children and will need to get them into school. Could we qualify for a person number as we can self finance?

    Thank you

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  5. Fan

    Hej, I’m wondering if my brother and I who have gained Swedish personal numbers but left just a week before we received our letters with our numbers in the mail. We have been out of Sweden in our home country for six months and will return to Sweden later this month. Do we still have right to return to live and work in Sweden? We had no choice but to leave as we did not receive our personal numbers until a week after our six month of stay stay without said number was over. We have adequate funds to support ourselves until we began working in Sweden but we want to make sure that we our following all protocols. Can we go get our ID cards as soon as we arrive back in Sweden? Our are personal number already registered into the system? Thank you for your time.

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    1. Anonymous

      Yeah they don’t take away personnummers so it’s yours for life. But if you are from a non-eu country you may need a visa to re-enter the country? Not sure

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  6. Anonymous

    Hello, i am an EU citizen and my question is regarding my son who is 15 yrs and would like to move to Sweden for high school studies , he got admitted in a private french school that need absolutely a personal number . He will live in my uncle’s house . Is he eligible for the personnummer and how long does it take to have it? Thanks.

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    1. Roger Khalil

      Hello, i am an EU citizen and my question is regarding my son who is 15 yrs and would like to move to Sweden for high school studies , he got admitted in a private french school that need absolutely a personal number . He will live in my uncle’s house . Is he eligible for the personnummer and how long does it take to have it? Thanks.

      Reply

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