Swedish Citizenship

Citizenship is a legally binding undertaking between a state and an individual (citizen) that commences either automatically at birth or through an application or notification process.

Only Swedish citizens are allowed to carry Swedish passports.  A Swedish citizen has the unconditional right to live and stay in Sweden.

You can become a Swedish citizen through:

  • birth
  • adoption
  • legitimization (marriage of parents)
  • application (naturalization)
  • notification (children, young adults aged 18-20, and Nordic citizens)

Before applying for a Swedish passport for a child born abroad, the child must first be added to the Swedish population register, which is done by applying for a coordination number at a Swedish consulate/embassy.

Detailed information about all laws and regulations regarding Swedish citizenship is available at the Swedish Migration Agency's website.