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The difference between sambo and marriage in Sweden

Being sambos might be the first step on the road to marriage, or it might be an alternative. Photo: Miriam Preis/imagebank.sweden.se

Published: 07.Jan.2019 16:41 hrs

In Sweden, there are several different classifications of relationships, which each give the partners a different legal status and rights. Here's what you need to know about what it means to be a sambo in Sweden.

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The term sambo is used to describe couples in Sweden who live together. It's a shortened form of the adjective sammanboende (where samma means 'together' and boende comes from the verb bo meaning 'to live'), and Swedish also has the term särbo to refer to couples who live apart.

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