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Life certificate

If you are a resident outside of Sweden and receive regular payments from us or the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan), you are required to submit a Life Certificate every year. We simply need to know that you are still alive before any payments to you can be made.

Read about Life Certificate in Swedish

If you are living abroad and get your pension paid from Sweden, you will have to prove that you are alive in order to continue receiving your pension. This applies to pensioners with either a State Pension or Survivor’s Pension from the Swedish Pensions Agency or who receive Sickness, Activity or Work Injury Compensation from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency.

The Life Certificate is sent out annually to anyone whose existence cannot be verified through an electronic exchange of information between certain countries. Sweden exchanges information electronically with most countries where a sizeable population of Swedish pensioners can be found.

Submitting your Life Certificate

If you do not have an electronic ID, please submit your Life Certificate, signed and stamped by an authorised agency, using the e-service below.

You can use your electronic ID to log into ‘My Pages’ and digitally approve your Life Certificate. That way, you will not need to send us the signed and stamped Life Certificate that you receive by post.

  • If you do not submit your Life Certificate, your pension or compensation payments will be discontinued.
  • You do not need to send us your Life Certificate in paper form if you choose to submit and approve it using our e-service and your electronic ID to log into ‘My Pages’.

When will we write to you about a Life Certificate?

We will send you a Life Certificate once a year, usually in the autumn during the period of September - November.

Life Certificate schedule for pensioners living abroad 2019
Letter sent Reminder Decision on discounted payments Payments discounted Countries
16/9 31/10 20/12 January 2020 Australia, Croatia, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, Serbia, Slovenia, Thailand och other countries.
20/9 18/11 20/1 2020 February 2020 Brasilia, Chile, Canada
18/10 18/12 20/2 2020 March 2020 Belgium, Greece, USA
20/11 20/1 2020 20/3 2020 April 2020 France, Israel,  Netherlands, Austria, UK

What should I do when I receive the letter with my Life Certificate?

Carefully read through the information enclosed with your Life Certificate. If you have an electronic ID then the easiest way in which to approve your Life Certificate is to log into ‘My Pages’.

If not, then you must send your Life Certificate to the Swedish Pensions Agency. You can either submit your signed and stamped Life Certificate using our e-service or you can send it by post. Please note that it is no longer possible to submit your Life Certificate by e-mail.

  • Bring your passport or any other valid forms of identification so that the authority can certify your identity and existence. 

Authorised life certification agencies/institutions

  • An official from the authorised agency or institution will sign and stamp your Life Certificate.
  • You can then submit your Life Certificate to the Swedish Pensions Agency. 

Submit by e-service

Submit your Life Certificate online

Send by post to

Pensionsmyndigheten
FE 7001
839 77 Östersund
Sweden

How do I fill in the Life Certificate document?

  • Page 1 of your Life Certificate must be stamped and signed by an authorised agency/institution. Please bring your passport or any other valid forms of identification to the agency/institution so that they can certify your identity and existence.

Authorised life certification agencies/institutions

  • Remember to sign your Life Certificate on page 2.  
  • In case of a change of address or marital status, please fill in your new details on page 2.
  • If the Life Certificate relates to a person under the age of 18, it must be signed by a parent/legal guardian.

Your Life Certificate should be signed and stamped by one of the following authorised agencies

  • Swedish Embassy
  • Swedish Consulate
  • Swedish Church
  • Foreign Social Insurance Institution/Department of Social Security
  • Notarius Publicus
  • Foreign Police Authority
  • Foreign Population Register Office

If you are visiting Sweden then please feel free to contact one of our branch offices 

Countries with an electronic exchange of Life Certificates

Sweden exchanges Life Certificates electronically with countries where there is a sizeable population of Swedish pensioners. This means that your Life Certificate is automatically submitted without you having to do anything.

Sweden exchanges Life Certificates with

  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Iceland
  • Norway
  • Germany
  • USA
  • Poland
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom

Even if you live in a country with which the Swedish Pensions Agency exchanges certificates electronically, you may still receive a Life Certificate by post. This is because an automated identification of personal information is not always possible. If you receive your Life Certificate by post, please fill in the details required, get it stamped and return it to us by post.

What should I do if I do not receive a Life Certificate?

If you do not receive a Life Certificate it could be because you have moved and forgotten to notify the Swedish Pensions Agency. However, you can use the Life Certificate available via the link below to update and register your new address details.   

Another reason for not receiving a Life Certificate could be that we have an electronic exchange in place with your country of residence in which case, we will collect the necessary information digitally.   

List of countries with which we have a digital exchange of information 

Who can sign the Life Certificate on my behalf if I am unable get to an authorised agency/institution?

If you cannot get to one of the authorised agencies or institutions listed above, for example, due to a hospital visit or similar, the Swedish Pensions Agency may, in exceptional circumstances, agree to your Life Certificate being certified by a doctor or someone else of a similar professional credibility. There are no other exceptions to this rule.

Contact us for more information

Payment of occupational pension and private pension

We collaborate with a number of insurance companies linked to the e-services of the Swedish Pensions Agency. As a result, if getting paid occupational or private pension, you do not have to send your Life Certificate to all relevant insurance companies. 

Insurance companies linked to the Swedish Pensions Agency’s e-services

  • AFA Sjukförsäkringsaktiebolag
  • AI Pension, Försäkringsförening
  • Alecta Pensionsförsäkring
  • Collectum AB
  • Folksam Service AB
  • Folksam Ömsesidig Livförsäkring
  • Försäkringsbolaget PRI Pensionsgaranti, Ömsesidig
  • Livförsäkringsaktiebolaget Skandia (Publ)
  • Livförsäkringsbolaget Skandia, Ömsesidigt
  • Länsförsäkringar Liv Försäkringsaktiebolag (Publ)
  • PP Pension Försäkringsförening
  • Skandikon Administration Aktiebolag
  • SPP Pension & Försäkring AB (Publ)
  • Statens Tjänstepensionsverk

Contact us

If you have any questions about your Life Certificate, please feel free to contact us at Customer Services.

Contact us for more information

It is no longer possible to submit your Life Certificate by e-mail. Instead, we recommend you approve your Life Certificate by logging into ‘My Pages’ or that you submit it via our e-services.

Life certification rules and regulations

Life certification is regulated by the provisions of the Social Insurance Code, SFS 2010:110. Chapter 110, Article 15 of the Social Insurance Code states; ‘As to the payment of a benefit to a recipient residing abroad, proof may be required that such recipient is indeed entitled to the benefit in question’.

The authorisation of an agency or institution for the purpose of certifying the existence of an individual abroad is subject to the regulations of the Swedish Pensions Agency (PFS 2012:2).