Investment Visa Overview

Sweden Residency & Citizenship options

Sweden is increasingly becoming an attractive option for foreign investors looking for residency options. The Sweden residency permits foreign nationals to live and work in Sweden indefinitely, and also grants access to Sweden's generous social welfare system. Sweden's reputation as a safe and stable country, as well as its strong economy, makes it an ideal choice for those seeking a long-term residence. Sweden also offers a number of tax incentives for foreign investors, making it an even more attractive investment destination. Sweden currently allows investors to move to the country through 1 investment visa option.

Program 1
  • Name
    Sweden Self-Employed Visa
  • Description

    With the Sweden Self-employed visa applicants can live and work in their own business in Sweden.

  • Requirements

    Start or operate a business or become a part-owner of a firm requires a residency permit. Demonstrate that the company's services or products are offered or manufactured in Sweden.

  • Validity
    2 years
  • Investment Type
    Active
  • Avg. Processing Time
    17-18 months
  • Investment Amount
    No minimum
  • Avg. Agent Fee
    N/A
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    181 days of the year
  • Can family be included?
    Yes
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Investment Types
Passport Overview

According to the SovSpot Passport Ranking Index, the Swedish passport is presently ranked 6th. It allows entrance to 191 countries without requiring a visa. With a very high mobility score, it is regarded one of the most sought passports in the world. Visa-free travel and visas on arrival are available to Swedish passport holders in countries such as Brazil, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States, allowing for nearly rapid travel around the world. Swedish passport holders, on the other hand, need a visa to visit around 38 countries throughout the world. China, India, and Russia are among the countries that require a visa.

Passport Rank

6

Visa Free Countries

191

Mobility Stats
  • Dual Citizenship Allowed?
    Yes
  • Visa Free Destinations
    145
  • Visa on Arrival
    35
  • Visa Online
    11
  • Visa Required
    8
  • Visa Free Access
    Schengen, USA, UK, Canada, Japan
  • World Surface Area Reachable
    60%
  • Unesco Heritage Sites Access
    48%
Passport Ranking Factors

Sweden Passport Visa Free Countries

The number of countries Sweden passport holders can enter without a visa (i.e. visa-free countries) is added to the number of countries Sweden passport holders can enter by obtaining a visa on arrival (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) or an electronic travel authorization (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) (eTA). There are now 145 visa-free countries for Sweden passport holders, 35 visa-on-arrival countries for Sweden passport holders, and 11 eTA destinations. In total, Sweden passport holders can visit 191 countries without a visa, via a visa on arrival, or using an eTA. As a result, Sweden's passport is ranked number six in the world. Apart from the visa-free and visa-on-arrival countries for Sweden passport holders, there are 38 other countries where Sweden passport holders will need a physical visa or an eVisa (i.e. visa required countries).

Citizenship by Descent

Swedish Citizenship by Descent

Sweden is among the EU countries with the most rigorous restrictions for acquiring citizenship by ancestry. You can only apply for citizenship based on ancestry through the first generation and if one of the following conditions is met:

  • Your mother is a citizen of Sweden.
  • You were born in Sweden, and your father is a Swedish citizen.
  • Your parents are married, and your father is a Swedish national.
  • You were born in Sweden, and your father at the time of your birth was a Swedish citizen (if your father passed away after your birth).
Citizenship by Descent - Details
  • CBD Available?
    Yes
  • Generations
    1
  • Avg. Processing Time (mo.)
    3
  • Avg. Cost
    100
Citizenship by Descent - Footnotes

Note: Keep in mind that the costs for citizenship by descent applications can vary and depend on many factors, such as:

  • The availability of official documents in different countries (if past family members migrated);
  • The availability of historic documents;
  • Sworn translation costs;
  • Price only includes main applicant, in case of adding children or spouses, this can incur additional costs);
  • Whether or not a genealogist is needed to prove ancestry;
  • Other unforeseen costs.

* In the case of first generation citizenship by descent, we assumed ONLY administration costs, which will be around $100 or less (usually free if application is done in the same country versus foreign embassy or consulate)

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