Sweden Golden Visa

Sweden does not currently offer a golden visa or citizenship by investment programme similar to those offered by some other countries. Such golden visa programmes often allow individuals to obtain citizenship or residency rights through substantial investment, typically in real estate, national development funds, or local businesses.

Sweden Residency and Citizenship

Sweden’s immigration policies are primarily based on family reunification, employment, and other humanitarian or specific circumstances.

If you are interested in living in Sweden, you would typically need to go through the established immigration routes, such as family reunification, work permits, study permits, or asylum, depending on your situation. The requirements and processes for these routes can vary, and financial stability and support are often considered during the application process.

Investor Visas

While there are no citizenship or residency programs tied directly to investments, Sweden offers entrepreneur and investor visa routes for individuals interested in starting businesses or making significant investments in the country. These routes provide opportunities for individuals to live and work in Sweden. These include:

Entrepreneur Visa (Self-Employed):

This visa is for individuals who plan to start and operate a business in Sweden. To be eligible for the Entrepreneur Visa, investors are required to be able to fund themselves and their households for the first two years or working.

Investor Visa

The Investor Visa is for individuals who want to make a significant investment in Swedish companies or funds. To be eligible for this visa, one must invest at least SEK 3 million into a Swedish company, or SEK 1.5 million into a Swedish fund.

Startup Visa

This visa is aimed at entrepreneurs already having started a business in their home country wishing to expand to Sweden. They must have a promising business concept and be able to demonstrate its growth potential.

Board of Directors Visa

This visa is intended for individuals who have been appointed to serve on the board of a Swedish company. To qualify for this visa, investors must provide evidence of their appointment as a board member and demonstrate the significance of their role in the company’s operations and decision-making.

These visas typically lead to temporary residence permits, and after a certain period of legal residence in Sweden (usually several years), you may become eligible for permanent residency. Once you have obtained permanent residency, you can then pursue Swedish citizenship through the naturalization process.

Sweden Passport Strength and Ranking

If Sweden were to offer a Citizenship by Investment programme, one of the attractions for applicants would be its passport. The Swedish passport offers visa-free access to around 198 countries worldwide. It is one of the strongest passports in the world. In terms of access for investors, it offers visa-free access to 80.8% of the world’s wealth (as measured by GDP) and 92.5% of the global travel popularity. It ranks 17th overall in La Vida’s comprehensive Global Passport Ranking.


Citizenship and Residency by Investment Programmes

See below a selection of countries offering residency and citizenship investment programmes.