Once you have confirmed that your business is a good idea and you are ready to do the pre-launch formalities, your next stop needs to be verksamt.se. As per EU law, verksamt.se is the “Swedish Point of Single Contact” –meaning that everything is there that you need to get information on registering your business.
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Here you can answer these important questions:
- Do you need a permit?
- Do you have the right visa to open a business?
- Do you have professional qualifications from another EU/EEA country that need to be recognized here?
Sole trader (called enskild firma in Swedish)
As a sole trader (self-employed) you need to register your business (called enskild firma in Swedish) with the Swedish Tax Agency, Skatteverket. You may also, but do not normally need, to register with the Swedish Companies Registration Office, Bolagsverket.
1) Tax registration
When starting up as a sole trader, you need to apply for F-tax and VAT registration and, where relevant, register as an employer with the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket). You can use the online service to apply for this permit. Your business will be identified by your personal ID number. Apply online (registration for tax, VAT and registration as an employer).
2) Register a name for your business (optional)
As a sole trader you can check the availability and register a name for your business with the Swedish Companies Registration Office (Bolagsverket). This is not a requirement, but is a good idea, as it gives you exclusive rights to the name in the county where you will be operating. You can use our online service to apply for this permit (registration of a sole business/proprietorship).
Do you have a Swedish identity number?
If you have a Swedish identity number and e-indentification (e-legitimation in Swedish) you can use e-services on verksamt.se (Mina sidor) for company registration. However, these services are only available in Swedish.
Limited company (Aktiebolog, AB)
A limited company can be started by one or more natural persons or legal entities. When starting a limited company, you must have at least SEK 50,000 in share capital. You need to register your business with the Swedish Companies Registration Office, Bolagsverket and the Swedish Tax Agency.
A trading partnership is an alternative if at least two natural persons or legal entities wish to start a business together. You need to register a trading partnership with the Swedish Companies Registration Office and the Swedish Tax Agency. This information is not our opinion but is taken directly from the official wording on
This information is not our opinion but is taken directly from the official wording on verksamt.se
So now you are registered and perhaps you are in need of some help. If you know Swedish and want to read about the employment laws, feel free to read this document on labour laws.
Alternatively, hire temporary staff, to begin via a recruitment agency or partner up with an employer or record like Remote to help manage your payroll. There are many out there including Adecco, Academicwork and Manpower but if you want to do a Google search try this search term “interim jobb (insert your sector here)” and see what recruiters appear in the search results.
Get an office/office space
For office space both short and long-term, try these sites:
- Workaround – Oscar and his team help to find you a good, long-term office space at the best rate.