Guidance for UK businesses on rules for selling services to Sweden.
Read this page in combination with the guidance for the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
The authoritative source for Swedish market regulations is the Swedish government. This guidance links to official Swedish sources wherever possible.
Movement of goods and living in Sweden
The Swedish government has legislation that applies to:
- the movement of people and goods between the 2 countries
- British people living in Sweden
- Swedish people living in the UK who return to Sweden
Find out how these Swedish rules may affect your business on the Swedish government’s site.
Trade and services regulations in Sweden
If you are a UK business providing services in Sweden, you need to follow regulations about:
- getting an authorisation or a licence to provide a service
- complying with local business regulations
- EEA nationality requirements which could prevent you from providing services in some sectors
The Sweden e-government portal for service providers can help you to:
- find out what you need to know about providing services in Sweden
- understand local regulations
- complete the relevant administrative procedures online
Consider appointing an English-speaking lawyer in Sweden to help you comply with specific regulations.
To find out if EEA nationality requirements apply to you, contact the appropriate competent authority.
To sell or provide services to customers in Sweden, you must follow local laws. If in doubt, you should get professional advice.
Reservations are part of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement. They reserve the right of each party to keep or make new laws restricting investment, or the sale of services, in ways that would otherwise breach the rules in the agreement.
Check which reservations apply to the sale of services from the UK to Sweden. This includes an interactive tool to find reservations that are already in place.
VAT on sales of digital services
To use the UK’s VAT Mini One Stop Shop (MOSS) to declare sales of digital services to EU consumers, businesses need to register for MOSS in an EU member state.
Find out more about paying VAT on sales of digital services.
Ownership of companies registered in Sweden
If you have a UK business, you might face restrictions on your ability to own, manage or direct a company registered in Sweden.
For information about setting up and running a business in Sweden, visit:
Ownership of legal firms in Sweden
If you are a UK legal professional who has investments in law firms in Sweden, you should contact the Swedish Bar Association for further information on the implications for your investment.
Business travel and entry requirements
UK business travellers and service providers may need a visa, work permit or other documentation.
Check our travel to Sweden for work guide for detailed information on:
- types of visa and work permit routes available
- exemptions that may apply to you or the activity you are planning to undertake
- visas including intra-corporate transfers
- work and residence permits
- supporting documentation
- other conditions
Check which actions travellers visiting Europe need to take.
Social security payments for employees
Find out if you need to pay National Insurance in the UK or social security contributions in Sweden.
Recognition of professional qualifications
To check what you need to do in Sweden, read our guidance on professional qualifications in the EEA and Switzerland.
If you need to take action to secure the recognition of your professional qualification in Sweden, these sources can help you:
- Swedish NARIC, the information centre for the recognition of qualifications
- Sweden Point of Single Contact
The UK Centre for Professional Qualifications (UK CPQ) provides practical assistance and advice to:
- professionals who qualified overseas and are interested in working in the UK
- UK professionals seeking to practise overseas
UK statutory auditors working in Sweden
For UK statutory auditors, the Swedish Inspectorate of Auditors should be able to provide further information.
UK lawyers working in Sweden
If you are a UK-qualified lawyer working in Sweden, using a Swedish or UK professional title, you should contact the local Bar association in the region in which you are working or the Swedish Bar Association (site in Swedish) for specific advice.
Data transfer and GDPR
As part of the wider UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, the free flow of personal data from Sweden to the UK will continue after 1 January 2021 for no longer than 6 months, until adequacy decisions come into effect.
As a sensible precaution during this 6 month period, it is recommended that you work with organisations in Sweden who transfer personal data to you, to put in place alternative transfer mechanisms to safeguard against any interruption to the free flow of EU to UK personal data.
Read guidance on using data in your personal business or other organisation.