Disclaimer: For serious information about how to apply for Swedish citizenship, go to migrationsverket. The purpose of this site, you're reading right now, is entertainment, not accuracy. Just so you can't say I didn't tell you early enough! :)
Sweden is a beautiful country. Vast nature, friendly people and the songs of ABBA on almost every radio station, every day. And, as we recently found out, number one in the Good Country Index. With other words, Sweden is good, really good.
No surprise then that you might want to migrate to Sweden and apply for citizenship to get one of those desirable Swedish passports.
Swedish citizenship by application, requirements
To receive Swedish citizenship you have to fulfil the following requirements
Thou shall …
- Be able to prove your identity
Choose between an old-fashioned way, by sending your old passport in an envelop. Or, more modern, send a selfie video via Snapchat to any employee at the migration board. You should choose the second paper-free alternative. Because Swedes love nature. Trees are a big part of Swedish nature. Paper is made of dead trees.
- Have reached the age of 18
Just send them at least 18 photos that show you on different Christmas events. Doesn't have to be chronologically, just images where you seem to be of different age and wear different ugly sweaters.
Swedes are trustworthy, honest people. And they believe that you are too.
- Have a permanent residence permit, a right of residence or residence card in Sweden
Now, it's getting a little more complicated, which is primarily due to the fact that – with the attempt to mention all necessary information within as little space as possible – this sentence happened to become a bit longer than the previous ones.
Did it still manage to answer your question how to get a Swedish 1) residence permit, 2) right of residence, or 3) residence card anyways?
No. Probably not.
Sometimes things simply don't make sense. Even in Sweden.
- Have fulfilled the requirements for period of residence (lived in Sweden for a specified period)
To spend that required period time in Sweden, make use of the Swedish allemansrätt – “the everyman's right”.
This means, every man has the right to stay a night in any Swedish home.
Since early 2017, shortly after some Swedes organized a 30 km long protest march from Sälen to Mora, the Swedish riksdag included women in this law as well. Now it's called allemansochkvinnorsrätten.
Update: A group of gender neutral/alternative Swedes have announced a protest march in early 2018.
- Have conducted yourself well in Sweden
This means, you have behaved well and not offended any Swedish person during your time of residence, for example by jumping the queue at Systembolaget.
Another update: Soon, very soon, you will also have to pass a Swedish citizenship TEST
Questions and answers, here.
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