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Open a Startup in Sweden

Updated on Tuesday 24th May 2022

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Open a startup in Sweden.jpgInvestors who open a startup in Sweden benefit from a welcoming regime, a good business climate and opportunities for development and growth.
Tech startups in Sweden, as well as other types of startups, are flourishing, with Spotify being just one example of a valuable startup.
Moving to Sweden for investment purposes, starting a company as a foreign entrepreneur, or opening a startup as a Swedish national is straightforward and simple when enlisting the help of a team of experts, such as our own.
If you want to open a company in Sweden, starting with our help is an easy way of making sure that you follow all of the steps, staring with choosing the right business form.
For startups in Stockholm that are already running, our team can provide the needed, ongoing assistance.
Read below to find out more about the company formation steps and the solutions we provide to local and foreign investors in Sweden.

The incorporation steps for a startup in Sweden

  1. Choose the business form: the limited liability company is the most common business form for startups, however, our team can give you details about the characteristics of all the available business forms;
  2. Register the business name: while registering the business name is not mandatory, it is highly advisable as this is the sole manner in which investors can protect their chosen name; a name registration fee applies;
  3. Prepare the company documents: investors will need to draw up the Articles of Association for the startup in Sweden;
  4. Register the business: all companies in the country are registered with the Swedish Companies Registration Office; additionally, the company is registered with the Swedish Tax Agency.
Additional steps include opening a bank account in Sweden for the new company and applying for any special permits and licenses that may be needed in the industry in which the startup will operate.
Employers in Sweden register for the pay as you earn regime (PAYE). This also applies to startup founders who open a limited company and work for it.
All new businesses in Sweden benefit from having a sound business plan.
We remind investors that a startup in Sweden will be taxed on its worldwide income, as such:
  • - 20.6% corporate income tax rate;
  • - 0% withholding tax on dividends paid to residents/ 30% in case of nonresidents on dividend distributions from Swedish companies (in most cases);
  • - 25% standard value-added tax;
  • - 0%,6% and 12% reduced value-added tax rate.
Our team specializing in company formation in Sweden can give you more details about taxation and accounting.

Particular advantages for a startup in Sweden

An advantage for startups in Sweden is the human capital. The wide range of experts, and the number of universities graduates each year, ensures that startups in Stockholm and in the rest of the country have access to a talented pool of potential employees.
What’s more, tech startups in Sweden have access to incubators, and the advantage that the country has a very large smart-device usage rate, among the highest in Europe.
The Swedish Incubators & Science Parks has a number of projects, among which we can mention the Swedish Innovation Arena, through which various actors in the startup scene can better collaborate and develop tools for businesses and growth.
In addition to the advantages for startups, all companies in Sweden benefit from a stable economy and access to the European Union, with a focus on the Nordic market.
Contact our team if you are ready to open a startup in Sweden.
We provide complete company incorporation services, can provide you with details about a virtual office in Sweden, and much more.

Meet us in Stockholm

Call us now at (+44) 203-287 0408 to set up an appointment with our lawyers in Stockholm, Sweden. Alternatively you can incorporate your company without traveling to Sweden.

As a BridgeWest client, you will benefit from the joint expertize of local lawyers and international consultants. Together we will be able to offer you the specialized help you require for your business start-up in Sweden.

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