• Sweden's news in English
 
Swedish passports hot property on black market
Two Swedish passports. Photo: The Local

Swedish passports hot property on black market

Published: 12 Apr 2014 09:55 GMT+02:00

The report, which was published in Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, revealed that 177,000 valid Swedish passports have vanished, potentially into criminal hands. 

It also stated that in the last two years alone some 861 people have reported losing three passports. Two individuals claimed to lose 12 passports between 2012 and 2014.

A police inspector for the National Investigation Department (Rikskriminalen) told the newspaper that Swedish passports were being used by criminal gangs, in particular for people smuggling.

"We are convinced that the documents are used in other organized crime too from fraud to terrorism offences," said Kerstin Högback.

Högback added that the figure of 177,000 valid missing passports was likely to be much higher.

"In reality it's much worse because all of the missing passports are not included in the statistics," said the police inspector.

Sweden's passports were modernized in 2012 and are now considered to be amongst the most difficult in the world to copy. Under Swedish law a citizen can renew their passport as many times as they like without fear of being questioned by the police.

As a result a valid passport can be easily used by a person who looks similar to the official bearer. The current legislation means that Swedish passports are attractive to criminal organizations and used for smuggling purposes.

"We have very liberal rules in Sweden. Several other countries have tightened the rules and toughened the demands," Lars Böhle, head of travel documents of the National Police Board (Rikspolisstyrelsen), told the newspaper.

A new Swedish passport can be obtained legally for 350 kronor but its value skyrockets on the black market, to as much as 80,000 kronor.

Following the report the Swedish government has launched an investigation into the misuse of passports.  

The Local/pr

The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
UN slams Sweden over increasing hate crimes
The United Nations General Assembly on January 22, 2015. Photo: TT

UN slams Sweden over increasing hate crimes

Sweden faced sharp criticism for the way it is tackling discrimination and violence against minority groups, at a key UN meeting in Geneva on Monday. READ  

Swedish soldier stirs row over help for Isis fighters
Photo: TT

Swedish soldier stirs row over help for Isis fighters

A Swedish soldier's Facebook post from Afghanistan is causing a stir, after he suggested that he was likely to get less help when he came back to Sweden than returning Isis fighters. READ  

Sweden Democrats get new party secretary
Björn Söder is walking away from his role as party secretary. Photo: TT

Sweden Democrats get new party secretary

Sweden's nationalist Sweden Democrats have chosen a new party secretary, with Richard Jomshof set to replace Björn Söder, one of the anti-immigration group's most senior and controversial officials. READ  

Push to cut cancer wait times in Sweden
Doctors at a hospital in Sweden. Photo: Melker Dahlstrand/Image Bank Sweden

Push to cut cancer wait times in Sweden

Sweden's coalition government and the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SKL) have promised to work together to cut waiting times for cancer patients across the country, following reports of wide regional differences. READ  

Swedes get scopes ready for giant asteroid
An impression of an asteroid passing earth. Source: TT

Swedes get scopes ready for giant asteroid

The largest asteroid set to pass earth in the next 12 years will be sweeping past Sweden and much of northern Europe on Monday evening. READ  

Sweden's Left backs European 'Red Spring'
Left wing Greeks celebrating in Athens. Photo: TT

Sweden's Left backs European 'Red Spring'

The leader of Sweden's Left party, Jonas Sjöstedt, has told The Local he is "delighted" with the dramatic election win of Greece's anti-austerity party Syriza over the weekend, while Sweden's Finance Minister has raised concerns about how the victory will affect Europe. READ  

My Swedish Career
Meet the man snapping Stockholm's subway
A snapshot of some of the people in Pantiel's Stockholm subway project. Photos by: Evian Pantiel

Meet the man snapping Stockholm's subway

What's an American photographer doing snapping photos of people in Stockholm's subway? For this week's My Swedish Career, The Local spoke to Evian Pantiel, the man behind the camera exploring Stockholm's colourful subway lines. READ  

Gothenburg recovers after mystery oil spill
The Port of Gothenburg. Photo: TT

Gothenburg recovers after mystery oil spill

A major oil spill occurred overnight in Gothenburg, with officals still unclear of the source on Monday morning. READ  

Flashy apartment block dazzles angry residents
Photo: TT

Flashy apartment block dazzles angry residents

The balconies on a new apartment block in Sundbyberg in Stockholm are reflecting light in a way that is dazzling neighbours and forcing them to wear sunglasses. READ  

FBI funding Sweden 'terror' research

FBI funding Sweden 'terror' research

Research grants to fund the study of controversial interrogation methods at the University of Gothenburg have come from America's Federal Bureau of Investigation, it has emerged. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Gallery
IN PICTURES: Who travels on Stockholm's different subway lines?
Lifestyle
'Limousine' snowplough for sale
People-watching January 24th - 25th
Gallery
People-watching January 24th - 25th
Society
Meet the 'beggars' buttoning up immigration critics
Lifestyle
What's on in Sweden this week
Blog updates

23 January

Editor’s blog, January 23rd (The Local Sweden) »

"Happy Friday from The Local’s team in Stockholm. We can’t wait for the weekend, when we’re planning..." READ »

 

14 January

Adjectives and nouns (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hi there, The other day I got a question about combining adjectives and nouns: When you have a..." READ »

 
 
 
Gallery
IN PICTURES: Princess Madeleine through the years
Features
Learn Sweden's bizarre dating lingo
People-watching: January 21st - 22nd
Gallery
People-watching: January 21st - 22nd
Lifestyle
'Life as a Swedish candy-maker is sweet'
Society
Why Sweden's viral 'genital' video is getting an English remake
Gallery
IN PICTURES: January snow snaps
National
Why does Sweden's Luleå have a giant ice beaver?
Gallery
IN PICTURES: Who are Sweden's richest one percent?
Business & Money
How a classic Swedish snack got a revamp for 'busy' Stockholmers
Lifestyle
The Local's top Swedish acts for 2015
Gallery
IN PICTURES: Sweden's Årets Bild photography prize winners
Business & Money
'I met my Swedish man in Tokyo's first Ikea store'
Gallery
Property of the week: A cozy apartment in Bromma, Stockholm
Gallery
People-watching: January 17th - 18th
Lifestyle
How to make Swedish gravad lax
Lifestyle
Four hot Swedish home design trends
National
How The Local's video on a strange Swedish sound went viral
Gallery
People-watching: January 14th
National
The Local's guide to Europe in statistics - from Spain to Sweden
Politics
Paris attacks: Knock-on effects in Sweden and across Europe
National
Swedish Muslims react to new Charlie Hebdo magazine
National
The Local talks to Sweden's Home Affairs Minister about Paris attacks
Business & Money
Will Spotify launch on stock market after users rocket?
Accelerated
Texans and Swedes to play ice instruments
Gallery
Property of the week: An 18th century mansion in Stockholm
Business & Money
'Snowboarding drew me to work in chilly Sweden'
National
Are Sweden's royals moving to London?
National
How Sweden's Charlie Hebdo rally broke a winter protest record
Gallery
IN PICTURES: Princess Madeleine through the years
Gallery
IN PICTURES: Stockholm's 'no pants' subway day 2015
Gallery
People-watching: January 10th - 11th
Gallery
IN PICTURES: Stockholm holds Charlie Hebdo rally
National
Have you seen Sweden's viral children's 'genital' song?
National
Mother of 'Superman' victim warns of ecstasy drug trend in Sweden
National
Are wolves on the loose in the Swedish capital?
Gallery
People-watching: January 7th
National
Stockholmers discuss why they joined global Paris shooting vigils
Gallery
IN PICTURES: Sweden's reaction to Paris magazine shootings
Sponsored Article
Everything you need to know about moving to Stockholm
Sponsored Article
How to jump-start your career in southern Sweden
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

1,116
jobs available
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
psdmedia.se
Counselling and Psychotherapy in English
Sometimes living in another culture can cause stress, confusion and feelings of sadness and loneliness. Talking to a professional psychotherapist/counsellor might help you. I am a UKCP Reg. psychotherapist. My practice is in Södermalm, Stockholm.
Contact me to discuss your options