The main Swedish laws relating to services are as follows:
To make it easier to establish a company and sell services within the EU, an agreement has been reached on a common legal framework for the Member States. This is the Services Directive which was enacted into national law between the end of 2009 and the beginning of 2010. It involved a number of amendments to Swedish laws.
- What the Services Directive means for service provision in Sweden
Rights of service recipients
The Swedish Consumer Agency (Konsumentverket) is a government body tasked with safeguarding consumers' interests.
Information on the Swedish labour market can be found on the Swedish Public Employment Service website (among other places).
Point of single contact
According to the Services Directive a point of single contact must be set up to assist European companies and consumers. The single point of contact in Sweden is the business portal verksamt.se.
A company from another EU country can set up a business in Sweden under exactly the same terms as a Swedish company. Regulations vary depending on the type of company and the kinds of services offered.
A new company can be registered via the online services on the business portal verksamt.se, administered jointly by the Swedish National Tax Board (Skatteverket) and the Swedish Companies Registration Office (Bolagsverket).
Swedish social security covers everyone living and working in Sweden. The Social Security Office (Försäkringskassan) is responsible for large parts of the public welfare system.
EU/EEA nationals, their family members and persons permanently residing in another EU Member State do not need to apply for a work permit.
Recognition of qualifications
For certain regulated professions, however, additional requirements may be specified. Examples are lawyers and psychologists. Further information can be obtained on The National Agency for Education’s website.
Special rules may apply to businesses considered in the public interest, such as transport and energy services or those which affect the environment. For example, further information on sustainable services is available from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.
Restrictions may also be imposed with a view to safeguarding national interests or consumer protection. In Sweden, for example, advertising aimed at children and surveillance firms must apply for special permits with the local County Administrative Board.
Further information is available from the relevant Board.
According to the Product Safety Act, the Swedish Consumer Agency must be notified of any hazardous services. You can do this via the Agency's web site.
The Swedish Work Environment Authority has produced a package setting out the basic requirements for the working environment in companies.
Information on providing services in Sweden can be found on the business portal verksamt.se. Here, the Swedish Companies Registration Office, the National Tax Board and the Agency for Economic and Regional Growth have collected information and services of interest to entrepreneurs.