SWEDISH CITIZENSHIP

Swedish citizenship is based upon the Swedish Nationality Law.

SWEDISH CITIZENSHIP BY BIRTH:
Birth within the territory of Sweden does not automatically confer citizenship.

SWEDISH CITIZENSHIP BY DESCENT:
- Child born in wedlock, whose father is a citizen of Sweden, regardless of the child’s country of birth.
- Child born out of wedlock, whose mother is a citizen of Sweden and whose father is
unknown or stateless, regardless of the child’s country of birth.

SWEDISH CITIZENSHIP BY NATURALIZATION:
Swedish citizenship may be acquired upon fulfillment of the following conditions: Person is at least 18 years of age, has resided in Sweden for at least five years, has led a respectable life, and has renounced former citizenship.

DUAL SWEDISH CITIZENSHIP: NOT RECOGNIZED.
Exceptions: Child who obtains a foreign citizenship through birth abroad or by having parents of different nationalities may retain dual citizenship. However, if the child was born abroad and has never resided in Sweden, Swedish citizenship will be lost at age 22 unless an application to retain it is made. Any Swedish citizen can retain dual citizenship, as long as dual citizenship was not obtained through a conscious desire to voluntarily obtain a foreign citizenship.

LOSS OF SWEDISH CITIZENSHIP:
Loss of a person’s citizenship also applies to any of the person’s minor children.
VOLUNTARY: Voluntary renunciation of citizenship is permitted under Swedish law. Person must present proof of new citizenship. Contact the Swedish Embassy for details and required paperwork.
INVOLUNTARY: The following is grounds for involuntary loss of Swedish citizenship: Person voluntarily acquires a foreign citizenship and does not fall into a category of dual citizenship exception.

Swedish citizenship information is summarized from the above-mentioned law. Any action concerning Swedish citizenship should be taken after consulting with a Swedish immigration lawyer or the official authority responsible with Swedish citizenship.

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  1. My father was a Swedish citizen when I was born in the USA…I am interested in regaining/applying for Swedish citizenship based on the Swedish Citizenship Laws that state that a child born to a Swedish father, even if born outside of Sweden…has certain rights to attain or re-acquire Swedish Citizenship. How can I regain or acquire my Swedish citizenship? thanks!

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