Death abroad and burial in Sweden
If someone dies abroad and is to be buried in Sweden, you will need to find out if the associated costs are covered by any travel or home insurance policy. Otherwise, the estate is responsible for paying the costs for transporting the coffin or urn. It usually costs a considerable sum to repatriate a coffin or urn by air or some other means. The cost will vary depending on where in the world the death occurred.
Death in Sweden and burial in another country
If someone dies in Sweden and is to be buried in another country, you will need to find out if the associated costs are covered by any travel or home insurance policy. Otherwise, the estate is responsible for paying the costs for transporting the coffin or urn.
If you intend to transport a coffin out of the country you will need to apply to the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) for a permit, called a "passersedel för lik" in Swedish. The cost of transport may be very high depending on where in the world the burial is to take place.
Apply for probate to administer the estate of the deceased
If you are the widow, widower, child or other relative who is the executor of the estate, you may need a death certificate, showing the date and time of death, with a "släktutredning", a report of surviving current and former spouses and children of the deceased.
The death certificate may be needed to deal with insurance companies and an estate administrator.
You will need a registry extract called a burial/cremation certificate in order to arrange the funeral. You can obtain this from the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) yourself if you do not have a funeral director to apply for it on your behalf.
You can order a death certificate and släktutredning over the telephone by calling the Swedish Tax Agency +46 (0)771 567 567, or you can ask a funeral director to help you.
Apply to the Swedish Tax Agency for a death certificate with släktutredning External link.