Swedish passport

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Swedish passport
Date first issued January 2, 2012 (current version)
Issued by  Sweden
Type of document Passport
Purpose Identification
Eligibility requirements Swedish citizenship
Expiration 5 years after issuance
Cost 350 SEK[1]
The data page of a Swedish biometric passport
The front cover of a Swedish biometric temporary passport


Swedish passports are issued to nationals of Sweden for the purpose of international travel. Besides serving as proof of Swedish citizenship, they facilitate the process of securing assistance from Swedish consular officials abroad or other European Union members in case a Swedish consular is absent, if needed. For travel into and staying in countries that have implemented the Schengen Agreement, a passport is not required if one has a Swedish national identity card.

The passports are issued by the Swedish Police and applications are filed at police stations which have a passport office. Passports issued since October 1, 2005 are of a biometric variety, and valid for five years.[2] Earlier passports are valid for ten years (adults) or five years (children). The blue cover passports issued up until 1998 (and not valid after 2008) are not valid as identity documents in Sweden due to insufficient security features which resulted in widespread forgery.[citation needed]

It is possible for a Swedish citizen to hold two valid passports at the same time if it is needed for work or "another special reasons" [3] The validity time of an additional passport is "as long as the necessity applies",[4] but never longer than the ordinary passport. This can be useful when traveling to states which reject a passport with an entry stamp or visa of another state in it (Israel vs several Arab states). Also it is useful when one needs to travel when the ordinary passport is handed in for a visa application.

In 2013, Swedish passports were reported to be among the most frequently sold passports on the black market. The reason cited was that no upper limit on the number of replacement passports being available for the rightful holder, which prompted calls for legislation to limit the number of lost passports allowed per person.[5]

Physical appearance and data contained[edit]

The Swedish passports issued since October 1, 2005 are burgundy, with the words "EUROPEISKA UNIONEN" (English: EUROPEAN UNION), "SVERIGE" (English: SWEDEN) and "PASS" (English: PASSPORT) inscribed at the top of the front cover, and the Swedish lesser coat of arms emblazoned on the bottom of the front cover. The Swedish passport has the standard biometric symbol emblazoned below the coat of arms and uses the standard European Union design. Diplomatic passports are dark blue, with the words "DIPLOMATPASS" (English: DIPLOMATIC PASSPORT) and "SVERIGE" (English: SWEDEN)

Identity information page[edit]

The Swedish Passport includes the following data:[6]

  • Photo of Passport Holder
  • Type (P)
  • Code (SWE)
  • Passport No.
  • 1 Surname
  • 2 Given Names
  • 3 Nationality (SVENSK SWEDISH)
  • 3a. Personal Id. No.
  • 4 Date of Birth
  • 4a. Height
  • 5 Sex
  • 6 Date of Issue
  • 7 Date of Expiry
  • 8 Place of Birth
  • 9 Authority
  • 10 Holder's Signature

The information page ends with the Machine Readable Zone starting with P<SWE.

Biometric data[edit]

The biometric passports contain an RFID chip containing the passport's printed data in a digital format along with the photograph in a JPEG format along with a digital key to verify the that the data contained is authentic and hasn't been tampered with. The data in the chip can only be accessed after using the printed codes on the lower part of the passport's person page.[7] The European Union requires fingerprint data to be stored on the member state's passports at latest in June 2009. Sweden started storing fingerprint data when applying for a new passport on 28 June 2009.

Languages[edit]

The data page/information page is printed in Swedish and English, with translation in other official languages of the European Union elsewhere in the document. The page containing the guide to check the security features of the data page is printed only in English.

Visa free travel[edit]

Visa requirements for Swedish citizens are administrative entry restrictions by the authorities of other states placed on citizens of Sweden. In 2013, Swedish citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 173 countries and territories, ranking the Swedish passport 1st in the world.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pass och nationellt id-kort
  2. ^ "Fakta om nya passet". Swedish Police Service. Retrieved 2010-05-17. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Passförodning (1979:664)" (in Swedish). Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Passförodning (1979:664)" (in Swedish). Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  5. ^ Olaglig handel med svenska pass ökar, from Dagens Nyheter, accessed 29 September 2013
  6. ^ http://www.consilium.europa.eu/prado/EN/1292/viewImage_28112.html
  7. ^ "Datachippet". Swedish Police Service. Archived from the original on 2007-06-30. Retrieved 2007-08-19. 
  8. ^ [1]

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