Kolette Visser lives and works in the Netherlands, and owns a holiday house in Sweden. “I first learned about the Swedish ‘personnummer’ or personal number before I even bought my holiday house.
For almost everything you can think of, you need a personal number in Sweden. Requesting a price from the land registry office. Buying a house. Open a bank account. Select a telephone provider or power and gas supplier. Get assurances. Or even profit from special discounts in a supermarket. You need a personal number. Without this number, I was sent from pillar to post. Or even sent away with the message they couldn’t help me without this number. Conclusion: I really needed a personal number, which is assigned by the Swedish Tax Agency by birth. Or you apply for one, which I then had to do. Because I am not working in Sweden for more than 20 hours a week and do not live there permanently for more than 7 years, I couldn’t get an offical personal number. I am working at a gym there every now and then which means I do need a number to get paid. So I got a ordning number. This number doesn’t give you all the rights but serves for a single purpose.
Connect important as well as less important services.
The personal number will make life in Sweden a lot easier, because all -important as well as less important services- are connected to your personal number. This is what I expect from eIDAS as well. It would have been so much easier if I just could have used my own, internationally recognised, eID when I had to take care of everything in Sweden… The introduction of eIDAS will save a lot of time and trouble for people who are planning to move, work, ór buy a holiday house in another EU country!