Immigration to Sweden

Sweden is a European country located in Northern Europe. According to the statistics, the population of the Kingdom of Sweden is over 10 million. Swedish is the official language of the country. The territory of Sweden is 449,964 square km large.

Sweden’s nominal GDP per capita is around 40 393 US dollars. The Official currency of the country is Swedish krona (SEK) and Sweden holds the title of largest population country of the Nordic countries.

In the case of working, studying or supporting yourself there is an automatic right of residence in Sweden. After five years you can receive a permanent right of residency in Sweden. All of the Nordic countries like Denmark, Finland, Norway and Iceland are in the Nordic country group and have an agreement that states that Nordic citizens have rights to live in any Nordic country they choose and there is no need to apply for a residence permit. The only thing required is to register with the Swedish Tax Agency. Visas are also a topic for foreigners interested in travels to Sweden.

Immigration services

Application for any permits for residency has to done to the Swedish Migration Agency ( Agency is responsible for applications of foreign citizens in Sweden, dealing with foreigners, who stay illegally in the territory of Sweden and the Nordic countries and other tasks.

Immigration service providers

A residence permit or visa in Sweden is granted, for example, for working purposes, for studies, for living with someone in Sweden territory, visa for visiting Sweden as a tourist or traveler. Here are three email address of companies which offer immigration services in Sweden:

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Lawful immigration

Sweden government rules that illegal immigrants, like immigrants that hide after asylum applications were rejected had no right to prosperity benefits. Sweden lawful immigration document is the Aliens Act which was the country’s first immigration law, and its aims are to protect the domestic labor from foreign competitors.

Immigration law

Sweden’s government ensures a sustainable migration policy that guards the rights to asylum within the framework of managed immigration. It facilitates mobility threw borders, promotes demand-driven labor immigration and other specifics. See more information on

Immigration statistics

Even if there are no official statistics on ethnicity in Sweden it is estimated that around 1 million inhabitants of Sweden were of a foreign background like Turks, Greeks, Finns, Yugoslavs, Danes and Norwegians. At the start of the 20th century, Sweden had few immigrants, but then later the immigration grew. At the start of the year 2008, there was a shift in the countries of origin that migrate, with low education levels from non-European countries. In the year 2009, immigration was at the highest level. As of the year 2016, there is a more than 400 200 resident of Sweden who has citizenship from European Union member states.

Most popular cities by population

Stockholm is the most populated city in the country of Sweden. The other largest cities regarding population are Goeteborg and Malmoe. More on data about the population of Sweden:

The top 5 biggest cities of Sweden by population according to 2019 are:

# City Population
1 Stockholm 1 515 017
2 Gothenburg 599 011
3 Malmö 316 588
4 Uppsala 160 462
5 Västerås 122 953

Migration in and out of Schengen area

Sweden is one of the members of the Schengen area countries. The Schengen Agreement countries have passport and immigration controls at borders of countries that are collided and for travelling among member states. Member countries can be checked by Schengen visas issued by Schengen states.

Types of visas in Sweden

A visa for visiting Sweden may be granted for visiting relatives or friends, business or conference visits, seminars or similar arrangements, tourism, participation in sports events, cultural exchanges and other purposes that is of personal or economic nature. The types of visas are:

Entry Visa / C-visa A regular short stay visa is valid for up to 90 days with the possibility to apply for more days Requirements for a regular visa to Sweden is a valid passport, money to cover the cost of your stay in the country, medical insurance that covers the costs of an eventual medical emergency, insurance
D-Visa A D-visa covers staying in Sweden for up to 1 year and is mostly valid for one or more legal or physical entries Requirements for D-visa is to have received an invitation from the person you intend to visit in Sweden, money to provide for the stay in Sweden, passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the last date of visit in Sweden, return ticket or the money to buy it, application that clearly states stay in Sweden is needed for more than 90 days

Residence permit

As a citizen of the EU, there is a right for residence if you are working, studying, have a company in Sweden. A permanent right of residence can be granted after five years if the requirements are met. For regular residence permit there only is a procedure of applying online if you are EU citizen. To work in the country of Sweden there has to be a work permit. To extend work permit there are special terms for salary and other employment-related topics. For application to citizenship in Sweden, it must be sent to The Swedish Migration Agency and before applying there needs to be some requirements to keep in mind, and that and other information needs to be discussed with a professional.

Immigration documents

To read more about the various immigration, residency and citizenship documents in Sweden, please refer to the immigration documents section.


Between the years 1800 and 1900, approximately 1.3 million Swedes immigrated to North America. There are more than 4 million Swedish Americans. There is no official statistic documentation on ethnicity, but according to Statistics Sweden, around 31% of inhabitants of Sweden were of foreign background. Countries of origin for many Swedes were Syria, Finland, Iraq, Poland, Iran and Somalia. Before the Second World War, the country of Sweden was a culturally diverse country compared with other European countries. In the late 1960s, multiculturalism entered the mainstream in Sweden as the first country in Europe.

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