Suécia - Autoridade Central e informações práticas

Central Authority:
(as per 1 January 2014 - click here for previous info)

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 8 785 4000
Fax: +46 8 785 4001
General website:

Contact person: -
Languages spoken by staff: Swedish, English


Practical Information:
(The following information was provided by the relevant State authorities or was obtained from the replies to the 2003, 2008 and/or 2013 Service Convention Questionnaires)

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)):

Formal service (Art. 5(1)(a))

Ordinary service:

Service is effected by sending the document or by handing the document to the addressee.
The most common procedure is service by post. The letter is accompanied by a receipt of service, which the addressee is required to sign and return.
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.

Oral service:

The content of a document is read to the addressee. The document is hereafter sent to the addressee. This method can not be used in service of documents that initiates a proceeding.

Simplified service:

The document is sent by post to the addressee's last known address followed by a notice one day later, stating that the document has been sent. Evidence of reception or receipt is thus not required. Simplified service can only be used if the authority has informed the addressee that this way of serving may be used in the proceedings.

Special service on a legal entity:

In certain circumstances a document can be served on a legal entity by sending it to its registered office followed by a notice one day later, stating that the document has been sent.

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.

Service by proclamation:

Service by proclamation may be carried out under certain circumstances. The document is made available at the offices of the authority or the court and at the same time it is notified and a summary of the document is published on the website of the gazette Post och Inrikes tidningar and, if there is a reason for it, also in a local newspaper.

Translation requirements
(Art. 5(3)):

Any document to be served under Article 5(1) must be written in or translated into Swedish. However, documents in Danish or Norwegian are also accepted.

Click here to read all the declarations made by Sweden under the Service Convention. 

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: Normally, police authorities carry out service in Sweden within two months. Service by post is effected within less than a month.
Oppositions and declarations
(Art. 21(2)):
Click here to read all the declarations made by Sweden under the Service Convention.
Art. 8(2): No opposition
Art. 10(a): No opposition
Art. 10(b): Additional information - see declarations
Art. 10(c): Additional information - 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.

Council Regulation (EC) No 1393/2007 on the service in the Member States of judicial and extrajudicial documents in civil or commercial matters (Strasbourg, 13 November 2007) (European Judicial Atlas – Service of Documents).

Useful links: Delgivningshandboken (Practical Handbook on Service of Documents, section “Service Abroad” - issued by the National Courts Administration) (only in Swedish)


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