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Home country elections – Sweden

Swedish citizens living abroad have the right to vote in Swedish parliamentary and European Parliament elections. You must apply to the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) every ten years to be included on the electoral roll for a further ten years.

As a Swedish citizen living abroad, you have the right to vote in Swedish parliamentary and European Parliament elections, but not in elections to county council and municipal assemblies. You automatically retain the right to vote for ten years after moving abroad. After that you will need to register for another period of ten years.

Before each election, the Election Authority (Valmyndigheten) sends out expatriate voting cards and postal voting materials to all Swedes who are listed with the Tax Agency as resident outside Sweden.

In order to be included on the electoral roll, you must complete the form "Nyadress/röstlängd för utvandrad" and send it to the Swedish Tax Agency. The address is shown on the form.

A vote received from abroad in an election also counts for the purposes of registration on the electoral roll. A vote in a given election counts if it is received by the day before polling day. The requirements to stand for election are the same as those that apply to the right to vote (see above). However, different rules apply to stand for election to the European Parliament. For instance, you may not be a member of the Swedish Parliament or hold a post in certain EU institutions at the same time.

For more information, see the Electoral Authority's website.

Persons who are temporarily abroad and registered as being resident in Sweden can vote by post or in an embassy or consulate.

For more information, see the Electoral Authority's website.

Swedish citizens who are registered as being resident in another country within the European Union can ask to be included on the electoral roll for European Parliament elections in that country. If a Swedish citizen is on the electoral roll in another European Union country he or she is removed from the Swedish electoral roll.

There is an authority in each European Union Member State that deals with matters relating to the electoral roll for European Parliament elections in that country. They will have information on registering on and deregistering from the electoral roll. Questions concerning the Swedish electoral roll can be addressed to the Swedish Electoral Authority.

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