Sweden - Central Authority & practical information

Central Authority:

County Administrative Board of Stockholm
The central authority for international service of documents

Contact details:

Address: Länsstyrelsen i Stockholms län
(County Administrative Board of Stockholm)
Centralmyndigheten för internationell delgivning
(The central authority for international service of documents)
Box 22067
Telephone: + 46 (0)10 223 10 00
Fax: + 46 (0)10 223 11 10
E-mail: stockholm@lansstyrelsen.se
General website: https://www.lansstyrelsen.se/stockholm/other-languages/english/businesses/society-and-development/international-service-of-documents.html
Contact person:  
Languages spoken by staff: Swedish, English


Practical Information:

Forwarding authorities
(Art. 3(1)):
Courts, enforcement agencies and other authorities that serve documents in civil and commercial matters.
Methods of service
(Art. 5(1)(2)):

Service with an acknowledgement of receipt:

Service is effected by sending the document by registered mail to the addressee. 

The letter is accompanied by an acknowledgment of receipt, which the addressee is required to sign upon receiving the letter from the postal office.

Service by electronic means may be used by authorities only, should this way of service not be deemed inappropriate with respect to the content of the document to be served or other circumstances. 

Service by a process server: 

Personal service is effected by a process server or other appointed officials e.g. a police officer or bailiff.

Substituted service may be carried out in certain circumstances. The document is then handed to someone other than the addressee, for example an adult member of the addressee's household or his/her employer. 

If there is reason to believe that a person is acting to avoid being served and no other person can be served (substituted service), the document may under certain circumstances be left at the addressee's home.

Translation requirements
(Art. 5(3)):
Any document to be served under Article 5(1) must be written in or translated into Swedish.
Costs relating to execution of the request for service
(Art. 12):

There are no costs for the service of documents in Sweden.  But if a particular method requested by the applicant creates costs for the Swedish Central Authority, Article 12(2)(b) gives the legal basis to require the applicant to reimburse these costs. This Article, however, is very rarely applied. 

If a payment or reimbursement is required, the amount of the fee corresponds to the cost incurred. The fees are the same for all applicants and do not depend on the requesting State. Also, the fees are not proportional to the value of the litigation.

Time for execution of request:  
Judicial officers, officials or other competent persons
(Art. 10(b))
Oppositions and declarations
(Art. 21(2)):
Click here to read all the declarations made by this State under the Service Convention.
Art. 8(2): No opposition
Art. 10(a): No opposition
Art. 10(b): See declarations
Art. 10(c): See declarations
Art. 15(2): No declaration of applicability
Art. 16(3): No declaration of applicability
Derogatory channels (bilateral or multilateral agreements or internal law permitting other transmission channels)
(Arts. 11, 19, 24 and 25)
Information may not be complete or fully updated – please contact the relevant authorities to verify this information.
Useful links: See the General website
Competent authorities
(Arts 6, 9)
See here.
Other authorities
(Art. 18)

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