Open a bank account
If you plan to stay in Sweden for more than six months we strongly recommend you open a bank account.
Documents to bring to the bank:
• Valid passport (if you stay less than 1 year)
• Swedish ID-card (mandatory if you stay more than 1 year)
• Letter of acceptance/certificate of employment or hosting agreement showing your status at Uppsala University
• Details of address in Sweden
• Certificate from Swedish national registration database (either a coordination number or a Swedish personal identity number)
When you open a bank account you can get a debit card and Internet and telephone services linked to the account. The cheapest way to pay bills is through the banks’ payment services, which are available online.
If you are only staying in Sweden for a couple of months we recommend that you keep your account in your current bank, because Swedish banks will not open one for you. We recommend you contact those that will manage your salary payments in good time and provide the information they need – to make sure that you receive your salary to your own account in your home country. Depending on your bank, there may be costs involved in this procedure, and Uppsala University will not cover those expenses. Please note that foreign checks usually take a long time to process, and you will have to pay extra for processing fees. Once in Sweden, you will be able to use your international credit or debit card in any store, bank or cash machine/ATM.
Banks are generally open between 10.00 and 15.00, but some branch offices have more generous opening hours, especially on Thursdays. Please be aware that many banks in Sweden no longer handle cash.
You can, of course, choose any of the banks in Sweden. Below are links to information in English about the four major Swedish banks. All banks have one or several branch offices.
Paying bills in Sweden
If you do not have a bank account in Sweden but need to pay a bill, you can for example take your bill to a Forex bank. You pay a fee for them to handle the payment.
If you need to change cash into other currencies, Forex Kungsgatan 59 in Uppsala is a good choice.
In Visby, you can change money at Forex, located at Österväg 3A.