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Statistics Sweden's Business Register

Statistics Sweden's Business Register is a register of enterprises and local units in Sweden. The register contains all legal persons.

According to a decision by the Swedish Parliament, Statistics Sweden has since 1963 been commissioned to maintain a central business register.

The register contains natural persons who fulfill at least one of the following criteria, and estates of deceased persons fulfilling at least one of the first two of following criteria:

  • Registered for VAT
  • Registered as employer
  • Having a registered firm
  • Registered for F-tax (business tax).

In Statistics Sweden's Business Register an enterprise is regarded as active if it is registered for VAT and/or has employees and/or if it is registered for F-tax (business tax).

All active enterprises have at least one local unit. A local unit is definied as each address, building or group of buildings where the enterprise has some kind of activity.

Swedish regulations which have an effect on the register:

  • SFS 1984:692
  • SFS 1984:533
  • SFS 2009:400.

For further information regarding these regulations:

European Community Regulations:

  • Council regulation (EEC) No 2186/93, The content and coverage of the Business Register
  • Commission Regulation (EC) No 29/2002, Classification of economic activity, NACE rev. 1.1
  • Council Regulation (EEC) No 696/93, Statistical units and subordinate activity.

For further information about the European Community Regulations, please use this link:

The purpose of the Business Register

The Business Register is a part of Statistic Sweden's business database, internally called FDB. FDB is mainly used as a population register, sample frame and as a co-ordination tool within Statistics Sweden.

The public part of the Business Register can be spread in the community without any restriction and is used as a source for external business and adress registers.

How the Business Register is updated

The Business Register is mainly updated with information from the Swedish National Tax Board. We also receive adresses and phone numbers from Svensk Adressändring AB, information from our own exclusive register surveys and feedback from different statistical surveys as well as feedback from external users. 

The information from the Swedish National Tax Board is received once a week, and contains information regarding registrations, deregistrations, adresses, industry codes, telephone numbers, names, registrations/deregistrations in the VAT-register, employer register and register for business tax and changes in natural persons firms (for example registrations/deregistrations). 

The information from Svensk Adressändring AB is delivered once a week. Some information from both the Swedish National Tax Board and Svensk Adressändring AB is updated into the Business Register continously. Other information is manually checked before updating.

Some variables include information on why and when the last information came into the Business Register. We also save old information in historical files.

A questionnaire is sent out in November each year to all enterprises with more than one local unit. It is carried out according to our obligation to notify a special  number of the local unit (in Swedish Arbetsställenummer) prior to the enterprises account of salary statement that is sent to The National Tax Board of Sweden. 

Services of Statistics Sweden's Business Register