The draft Brexit agreement has not yet been approved by the British Parliament. There is a risk that the UK will leave the EU without an approved withdrawal agreement, a so-called “hard Brexit”. Both the EU and Sweden have prepared for this situation by developing proposals for legislation that aims to reduce the consequences for individuals affected. The legislation should apply during a transitional period in order for individuals to have the opportunity to adapt
On this webpage, you can read about how Brexit can affect your Public Pension. The Swedish Pensions Agency follows developments in the negotiations between the EU and the UK and will continuously update the webpage with new information.
If you live in the UK and receive a Public Pension from the Swedish Pensions Agency
Pensions and benefits that are calculated on your pensionable income over your working life, the so-called Income Pension, you are entitle to receive regardless of which country you live in once Britain leaves the EU. This means that Income Pension, Premium Pension and Income Based Survivor's Pension will continue to be paid out as usual even after the UK leaves the EU.
If you have a Guaranteed Pension, your right to the benefit may be affected. However, there are proposals for legislation that means that the Guaranteed Pension will continue to be paid out during a transitional period to pensioners living in the UK.
If you have worked or lived in the UK before the date of withdrawal
If the UK leaves the EU without an agreement, the Swedish Pensions Agency will no longer be able to receive information about you directly from the UK authorities. To be able to receive a pension or other benefits from the Swedish Pensions Agency that is based on the time you worked or lived in the UK you will have to obtain a certificate from the British authorities that show that you have worked or lived there. The Swedish Pensions Agency cannot accept such certificates in advance. The certificate can be only be submitted when you decide to apply for your Swedish Public Pension.
If you are a British citizen and live in Sweden
Your right of residence in Sweden ceases when the UK leaves the EU. However, there are proposals for legislation that gives British citizens the right to stay and work in Sweden without a residence or work permit for a transitional period of one year.
The Swedish Migration Agency processes applications for residence permits. You can find more information on their website.
Sweden's preparation for Brexit
On the Swedish Government's website, you can read about the preparatory work for the UK's exit from the EU. It explains what Brexit means for impacted citizens.