Swedish citizenship for children

In Sweden, a child born after 1 April 2015 to a Swedish parent automatically becomes a Swedish citizen at birth. Children born before 1 April 2015 become Swedish citizens at birth if their mother is a Swedish citizen. The same applies if the father is a Swedish citizen and the child is born in Sweden. If the child is born abroad the child will become a Swedish citizen if the father is Swedish and married to the child's mother.  

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Submit­ting a noti­fi­ca­tion

You can submit a notification for the child to become a Swedish citizen online. Since we need your signature you need to print out the notification, write your signature and send it to the Migration Agency.

Please note that when you submit an online application for citizenship for children, you must log in with your username and password (not with BankID).

Read more about how to submit a notification for children

Before you begin your application

The Migration Agency recommends that you use a computer when you make your application and that you use Internet Explorer.

Support for online applications

Read more about the requirements for an online application

Contact our technical support for online services

Children born before 1 April 2015

A child born before 1 April 2015 but after July 1 2001 becomes a Swedish citizen at birth if the mother is a Swedish citizen. The same applies if the father is a Swedish citizen and the child is born in Sweden. If a child is born abroad, it will be a Swedish citizen if the father was a Swedish citizen at the time of the birth, and married to the child's mother.

Read more about the rules that apply for children born before 1 April 2015

Children born after 1 April 2015

A child born after 1 April 2015 automatically becomes a Swedish citizen if one of the parents is a Swedish citizen.

Read more about the rules that apply for children born after 1 April 2015

State­less children born in Sweden

The main objective in Sweden is to avoid children becoming stateless. For this reason, a stateless child that is born in Sweden can become a Swedish citizen by submitting a notification.

Read more about notification for stateless children born in Sweden

Children who are Nordic citi­zens

Special rules apply for Nordic citizens who wish to become Swedish citizens.

Read more about the rules that apply for children who are Nordic citizens

Children who are citi­zens of a non-EU country

Children often become Swedish citizens in connection with a parent applying to become one.

Read more about the rules that apply for children who have parents that are not Swedish citizens

Last updated: 2020-02-26

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