Company Registration in Sweden

Company Registration in Sweden

Company registration in Sweden is simple as our legal team in Soha Europe Invest prepares and takes care of all the documentation for you to start business in Sweden quickly.

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 an EU/EEA citizen or a citizen of a non-EU/EEA country.

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 an EU/EEA citizen or a citizen of a non-EU/EEA country.

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 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 with will order a coordination number from the Swedish Tax Agency.

Three steps to starting a business

1. Decide on the business type

Before you start a business, you must first decide on the business type. The most common business type 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).

The Swedish limited liability company (Aktiebolag or AB in Swedish) is the most common form of business in Sweden. Running a limited company in Sweden comes with certain requirements on residency as there are restrictions for the management board members outside of the European Economic Area. Additionally, a local registered agent with a Swedish ID code has to be appointed in case there are no Swedish residents in the management board.

The most time and cost efficient approach to register a company is to purchase a new shelf company, which can be done fully remotely with no travel to Sweden needed. The alternative founding process by oneself is a challenge to non-residents due to various requirements (e.g. share capital payment). Hence in most cases, non-residents of Sweden opt for a new or aged shelf company to avoid bureaucracy as we have already taken care of all the preparations and requirements.

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.

3. Register with the Swedish Tax Agency

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

The Swedish company setup can be carried out fully remotely with no travel. Alternatively, you are also welcome to schedule an appointment at Soha Europe Invest Company for the documentation.

For more information regarding registering the Swedish company, please feel free to contact Soha Europe Invest experts.