Sweden to revamp coordination numbers: ‘We’re restarting the system’

The coordination number (samordningsnummer) is often granted to for example foreigners who are not yet eligible for a personal number (personnummer) – the ten-digit code that is used in nearly all aspects of Swedish life, from taxes to gym membership – or Swedish citizens who live abroad permanently or long-term.

But according to Swedish authorities, the relatively unmonitored system is also being abused by criminals and benefit cheats, and the government therefore moved to crack down on it on Tuesday.

“Coordination numbers should be…
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