I'm a Dutch citizen who has previously lived in Sweden for six years, but I have since moved on. The Swedish version of what is called social security number, social insurance number, government service number, or otherwise, is the personnummer. I got a personnummer assigned shortly after arriving and registering in the country. Does this personnummer remain valid for the rest of my life, or is there some expiry? I know that my Canadian social insurance number will expire. What about my Swedish one?

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    you already got some answers that confirm that the number doesn't expire, however it could change. From wikipedia : If a person undergoes full gender reassignment surgery later in life, the serial number is changed to make the 'gender digit' (no. 9) conform with their new physical sex
    – Dirty-flow
    Commented Mar 19, 2014 at 11:32
  • As a non-resident, your Canadian SIN will begin with the digit "9", indicating that it is temporary, and the card will have an explicit expiry date on it to match the expiry of your visa. Commented Oct 23, 2019 at 13:14
  • Can I use Swedish healthcare if my personnummer is "avregistrert" because I've lived abroad for longer than a year?
    – user20508
    Commented Oct 21, 2020 at 22:44
  • @user20508 Please ask a new question as a question, not as a comment, see How to Ask.
    – gerrit
    Commented Oct 22, 2020 at 6:46

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I did a quick search on Skatteverket's site, and found this:

Personnumret får man av Skatteverket. Den som en gång fått ett personnummer behåller samma nummer livet ut. Det innebär att personnumret inte ändras vid t.ex. flyttning från eller till Sverige.

My (unprofessional, but I'm a native Swedish speaker) translation:

Personal numbers are assigned by Skatteverket. After being assigned a number, you keep it for the rest of your life. This means that the number doesn't change for example by moving from or to Sweden.

So no, it doesn't expire.

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    you have removed the hyperlink
    – Dirty-flow
    Commented Mar 19, 2014 at 10:34
  • @Dirty-flow Thanks!
    – unwind
    Commented Mar 19, 2014 at 12:09
  • @unwind Please compare with expatriates.stackexchange.com/a/19364/19107
    – O0123
    Commented Oct 21, 2019 at 17:28
  • @VincentMiaEdieVerheyen Yeah, interesting but it's very unclear if being re-registered means that your personnumber no longer "exists" ...
    – unwind
    Commented Nov 5, 2019 at 9:56

It seems that it remains valid for the rest of your life. I found this forum discussion, where several people confirm this:

My wife had lived in the States for 15 years when we moved back to Sweden. We just went to Skatteverket in person with all our IDs and passports with us, and she had her personnummer "reactivated" as now living permanently in Sweden and not abroad.


I'm pretty certain it is yours for life. My mother left sweden to live in UK 40 years ago, and she occasionally returns and can still use it for opening bank accounts etc.


Do the laws regarding 'Avregistrering från folkbokföringen' not imply that you might lose your personnummer? There are more conditions than just being dead (19 §). Cf. Folkbokföringslag (1991:481), which implies e.g. that if you move to a foreign country for a period of minimum one year, you are also de-registered from the 'folkbokföringen' (20 §):

19 § Den som avlider eller dödförklaras skall avregistreras från folkbokföringen.

20 § Den som kan antas komma att regelmässigt tillbringa sin dygnsvila utom landet under minst ett år ska avregistreras från folkbokföringen som utflyttad om inte annat följer av fjärde stycket eller 14 §. Även den som kan antas komma att regelmässigt tillbringa sin dygnsvila både inom och utom landet ska avregistreras om han eller hon med hänsyn till samtliga omständigheter får anses ha sin egentliga hemvist utom landet.

En person anses regelmässigt tillbringa sin dygnsvila utom landet om han eller hon under sin normala livsföring tillbringar dygnsvilan där minst en gång i veckan eller i samma omfattning men med en annan förläggning i tiden.

Om en utlänning som måste ha uppehållstillstånd för att få vistas i landet saknar ett sådant tillstånd, ska det särskilt beaktas vid tillämpningen av första och andra styckena.

  • But does de-registration from folkbokföringen imply I no longer have a valid personnummer?
    – gerrit
    Commented Oct 21, 2019 at 18:54
  • @gerrit Define having a valid personnummer.
    – O0123
    Commented Oct 24, 2019 at 11:46

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