VAT means value added tax. Sometimes it's called sales tax and it help to finance modern economies by adding a tax on top of products and services.

Value added tax - VAT

VAT is the English word for the Swedish counterpart moms. It's a relatively new "invention" which arrived to the western economies during the 50s and 60s. But the idea originally came already in the year 1918 from the German industial inventor Dr. Wilhelm von Siemens, who started his company by building telegraph networks.

It's interesting that a businessman came up with the idea which is very strongly connected to the state and the Tax Authorities today. VAT is a significant contributor to the welfare states of many modern economies. Now when the "new" economies around the world are getting more mature they are also implementing VAT to meet the demands from the growing middle classes, and the need for public hospitals, schools and social security systems.



VAT rates in Sweden

25% VAT is the normal rate for most services and products

12% VAT in Sweden

  • Food and drinks (alcohol is 25%)
  • Hotels
  • Restaurant services (alcohol is still 25%)


6% VAT in Sweden

  • Books and newspaper
  • Passenger transport, taxi
  • Cinema entrance fee
  • Many sporting and cultural events
  • Copyright related stuff

This is a general categorization, many strange and difficult exceptions exists.

VAT and Tax help for small businesses

This site is currently mostly in Swedish. The intention with this website is to help small businesses and entrepreneurs to comprehend the often complex and confusing Swedish VAT and Tax system

Check EU VAT numbers

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Accounting & Finance Blog in English

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English speaker in Sweden?

Are you an immigrant or foreign businessman in Sweden? Do you find it hard to get information in English about VAT and Taxes? I'm not just a small business entrepreneur -I'm a freelancer everything. I also do translations between English and Swedish. Do you require any VAT and Tax related texts or documents translated into English? I can help you!

Read more about my English-Swedish translation service here

English info about Swedish VAT

If you found this page because you are looking for help about how to handle EU-VAT, or searching for answers to questions like: should you put VAT on an invoice to a customer in another EU country? When should you apply VAT on an invoice? What should you write on an invoice when invoicing a foreign customer? Then you can find a short summary of the VAT and Tax rules for EU trades on this page.

Are you in Sweden for Business?

There are a lot of rules and regulations you need to read into before you start a business in Sweden or any other Nordic country. Do you inted to be a self-employed person in the Nordic countries? Or do you live abroad but want to setup a bussines in Sweden and need help in English about what to do and how to do it? Then you should have a look at this site Nordisk eTax, which has a lot of information available about the Nordic tax systems in English and other languages. The site primarily deals with Taxes from a private person perspective, but also have information about starting a bussiness in English.


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