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EXPLAINED: How do I get a Swedish digital mailbox?

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EXPLAINED: How do I get a Swedish digital mailbox?
A digital mailbox lets you receive important information from Swedish authorities and businesses digitally, rather than in paper form. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

If you set up a digital mailbox by March 3rd, that's where your annual tax declaration will get sent. But how can you get one, and how does it work?


More than half of Sweden's adult population have a digital mailbox. They save on paper, they mean you can't lose your important bills, and they're an easy way of keeping track of important post.

How does it work?

A digital mailbox – or digital brevlåda in Swedish – is a place for you to receive post from authorities, regions and municipalities digitally. With some digital mailboxes, you can also receive post from private companies, such as invoices, payslips and receipts.

If you have a digital mailbox, you'll receive your tax declaration as a PDF by March 4th-8th, although even without a digital mailbox you'll still be able to log into the Tax Agency's page and view your tax declaration there.

They are meant to be secure, as you must authenticate yourself with digital ID (such as BankID), yet easy for the user to access.

There are three types of digital mailbox you can choose from:


Who can get one?

Anyone over the age of 18 with a Swedish digital ID such as BankID or Freja e-ID can get a digital mailbox.

In practice, this means that you must have a Swedish personal number, as this is a prerequisite for a Swedish digital ID.

How can I apply?

You apply directly to the digital mailbox of your choosing, a process which usually takes no more than a few minutes.

You will be asked for your personal number, your phone number and your email address. Once you have provided the digital mailbox service with this information, you will authenticate yourself with your digital ID, and that's it – you have a digital mailbox.


What can I do with it?

Depending on the service you choose, you will – as well as reading your post – also be able to sign contracts and pay invoices directly via your digital mailbox. You can also choose to deregister your digital postbox from any specific sender if you would rather receive paper post for any reason.

You can also receive digital receipts and upload your own documents to the mailbox for safekeeping, if you wish.

You are responsible for reading your digital post, which means you are responsible for ensuring that you have access to the internet and a computer or smartphone. You will usually receive an email or text message informing you when you receive new post.


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