Regaining Swedish citizenship

If you have lost or been released from Swedish citizenship, you may, under certain circumstances, regain it through notification. The rules differ depending on the country of which you are currently a citizen.

Swedish citizenship lost before 1 July 2001

Previous rules sought to avoid dual citizenship. With effect from 1 April 2015 you can regain your Swedish citizenship through notification if you

  •  lost your Swedish citizenship as a result of applying for, or agreeing to become a citizen of another country, or
  • lost your Swedish citizenship as a result of going into public service in another country, or
  •  as a child, under the age of 18, automatically became a citizen of another country as a result of your parents becoming citizens of that country.  

Consent required

If the notification concerns a child under the age of 18, the parents or custodians of the child must sign the notification. If you have sole custody of your child, your signature is enough.

Children that have turned 12 years old must sign to verify that they want to become Swedish citizens. Exceptions can be made if a child cannot give consent due to a permanent mental disorder or a similar circumstance.

Submitting a notification

You should fill out the form Anmälan om svenskt medborgarskap för person som förlorat sitt svenska medborgarskap för att han eller hon blivit medborgare i ett annat land, no. 320011.The form is only available in Swedish.

Anmälan om svenskt medborgarskap för person som förlorat sitt svenska medborgarskap för att han eller hon blivit medborgare i ett annat land, form no. 320011PDF (in Swedish only)

Send the notification to:

The Swedish Migration Agency
Citizenship Unit
601 70 Norrköping

In most cases you must pay a fee.

Fees for citizenship

If the person the notification concerns has unmarried children under 18 years of age

If the person the notification concerns has children who are living in Sweden, they can become Swedish citizens by means of the same notification if

  • the person has sole custody, or
  • the other custody holder is a Swedish citizen, or
  • the other custody holder will become a Swedish citizen at the same time.

After a decision has been made

The Migration Agency will send the decision to your home. If you have become a Swedish citizen and wish to acquire a Swedish passport, you should contact the police.

Nordic citizens

If you are currently a citizen of Denmark, Finland, Iceland or Norway, you can regain your Swedish citizenship if you

  • have been a citizen of Denmark, Finland, Iceland or Norway since you lost your Swedish citizenship
  • currently live and are registered in Sweden.

Submitting a notification

You should fill out the form Anmälan om att återfå svenskt medborgarskap, no. 305021 and send it to the county administrative board in the county where you are registered. The form is only available in Swedish. It is the county administrative board that decides whether you will regain your Swedish citizenship.

Anmälan om att återfå svenskt medborgarskap, form no. 305021PDF (in Swedish only)

Links to the county administrative boardsexternal link, opens in new window (in Swedish only)

It costs SEK 475 to regain Swedish citizenship. To find out how to pay, contact the county administrative board to which you will submit your notification.

After the decision has been made

The county administrative board will send the decision to you. If you have become a Swedish citizen and wish to apply for a Swedish passport, you must apply to the police.

Citizens of other countries

You can get back your Swedish citizenship if you

  • have reached the age of 18
  • have a permanent residence permit in Sweden
  • have lived in Sweden for a total of ten years and
  • have now lived and been registered in Sweden for two years.

Submitting a notification

You should fill out the form Anmälan om att återfå svenskt medborgarskap, no. 305021. The form is only available in Swedish.

Anmälan om att återfå svenskt medborgarskap, form no. 305021PDF (in Swedish only)

Send the notification to:

The Swedish Migration Agency
Citizenship Unit
601 70 Norrköping

In most cases you must pay a fee.

Fees for citizenship

After the decision has been made

The Swedish Migration Agency will send the decision to you. If you have become a Swedish citizen and wish to apply for a Swedish passport, you must apply to the police.

Last updated: 2015-07-07

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