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Sweden: Does Sweden recognize dual citizenship?

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 1 June 1990
Citation / Document Symbol SWE6163
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Sweden: Does Sweden recognize dual citizenship?, 1 June 1990, SWE6163, available at: [accessed 24 October 2017]
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According to an official of the Swedish Embassy in Ottawa, Sweden recognizes dual citizenship only in certain cases. For example, a Swedish child born outside of Sweden would have to make a choice before the age of 22 to remain Swedish and would have to apply for Swedish citizenship. If he/she doesn't make the application, he/she would lose Swedish citizenship. Should a Swedish citizen apply for citizenship in another country, he/she would automatically lose Swedish citizenship upon acquiring a second citizenship.

The IRBDC cannot corroborate this information at the present time.

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