Nordic citizens, that is, citizens of Finland, Norway, Iceland and Denmark are free to enter, reside, study and work in Sweden They do not need a visa, residence or work permit.
Other citizens from the European Economic Area (EEA) can also work and live in Sweden.
If you are not an EEA or Nordic citizen, you could gain residency in the following ways:
- If you have a recognized university degree or professional experience as well as a work contract or binding job offer, you may be eligible for an "EU Blue Card". The Blue Card is a four-year temporary work and residence permit. This also gives you free movement within the Schengen area and enables your family to join you. If you do not have a work contract or job offer, you can register on the EU Blue Card Network, where European employers can view your details and connect with you around job opportunities. This is also where you apply for the EU Blue Card.
- If you are not eligible under the EU Blue Card Programme, you will need to apply for a work permit before you arrive in Sweden. You need an official offer of employment from a Swedish employer and it needs to have been advertised in the EEA for at least 10 days. In addition you need to be paid a minimum monthly salary of SEK 13,000 before taxes.
Startup or Self Employed Visa
A residency visa is required for those who are planning to run their own business or become part owner in a business in Sweden. To be eligible for this visa, you need to show that you have significant experience in your field and in the running of your own business as well as sufficient funds to support yourself and your family for the first 2 years (equivalent to SEK 200,000 for you, SEK 100,000 for your spouse and SEK 50,000 for each accompanying child)
Through your Family
- If your spouse is a citizen or permanent resident of Sweden, you are probably eligible for residency. Please note that your status of spouse needs to be legally recognised in this country.
- See the citizenship section below for more information on residency or citizenship based on descent.
Youth Mobility Visa
- If you are an Australian, New Zealand, Canadian or South Korean citizen between the ages of 18-30, you may be eligible under the Working Holiday programme.
- There are many types of student visas available to study at schools and universities.