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Relocating your pet to Sweden?

Aug 14, 2017 anne_pihl
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Are you moving to Sweden and interested in learning about the requirements for pet transport and importation?

Preparation is key

Bringing your dog, cat and other pets to Sweden is possible but made a lot easier with adequate preparation. Here’s an overview of the most important information you need.

Two key websites

When entering Sweden from another country you must report your pet to Swedish Customs. See the Swedish Customs’ website for details. You can also report your cat or dog online on their website. Full information on regulations concerning the import of pet dogs, cats, birds, ferrets, horses, rabbits, rodents & amphibians is available at Jordbruksverket, the Swedish Board of Agriculture.  Dogs, cats and ferrets, for example, all need passports. They also need to a have microchip for identification purposes. Details on Swedish border inspection posts for pets are also available on this website.

A sweet life in Sweden

Sweden is a great place to be a pet as strong animal rights legislation exists. Animals are generally very well looked after and pets are usually valued family members. Many newbies to Sweden are surprised by the level of attention given to dogs in particular. Dogs often attend day care while their owners are at work or sometimes even accompany them to the office for the day. This is due to Swedish regulations about how long dogs may be left on their own. The fact that dog day care in Sweden is more expensive than child day care comes as even more astonishing news to most.

Unwelcome tenants

Despite the popularity of pets, it’s usually very difficult to find rental accommodation which accepts them. Stockholm has one of the world’s most challenging rental markets and mentioning a cat or dog is guaranteed to take you straight off most landlords’ prospective tenants lists. This is partly due to concern about the potential wear and tear caused by animals but also due to the high incidence of animal allergies amongst Swedes.

Need help with relocation?

If you need assistance with relocating your pet to Sweden or finding a new home which welcomes all of your family members, please do not hesitate to contact us at Relocate to Sweden.

Relocate to Sweden provides expert advice and hands-on help for companies recruiting internationally or transferring staff to Sweden. We help your international recruits with the entire relocation process including immigration, home finding, tax consultancy, registration with Swedish authorities, schools, health care, translations, language and intercultural training. Email us at or call us on +46 8 361011 if you would like help. You can also read more about our relocation services at or follow us on social media for tips and advice

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