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.

One can become a Swedish citizen through:

  • Birth
  • Adoption
  • Legitimization (Marriage of parents)
  • Application (Naturalization)
  • Notification (Children, young adults aged 18-20 and Nordic citizens)

Child passport applicants who were born abroad and have never previously had a Swedish passport must first be added to the Swedish population register by applying for a coordination number.

Detailed information about all laws and regulations is available at the Swedish Migration Board website.

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