The use of electronic signatures and certificate-based digital signatures are increasingly common in Sweden, especially within the business where electronic signatures are easing contracting processes during a digital environment.


Next to the eIDAS Regulation, the key laws in Sweden that regulate the utilization of electronic signatures include the Swedish Act (2016:561) and Ordinance (2016:576) which supplements the eIDAS Regulation in Sweden. These Acts regulate the investigative powers and authority that supervisory bodies have in reference to electronic signatures.


Paramount Conditions: Existence, Authenticity, and Valid Acceptance are three paramount conditions that provide sanctity to electronic signatures under Swedish Laws. One can submit electronic records that are valid as evidence under the Swedish Code of Judicial Procedure, to support the existence, authenticity and valid acceptance of a contract.

Legal sanctity of electronic signatures and e-documents under Swedish Laws:

In Sweden, the general rule is that one can use electronic form of documentation in place of the traditional written form, unless otherwise mentioned otherwise in any statue relevant to the nature documentation in question.


Under Swedish law, a written signature is not an absolute necessity for a valid contract – contracts are usually valid if legally competent parties come to an agreement, regardless of their agreeing verbally, electronically or in writing. To prove the validity and legitimacy of a contract, parties sometimes have to present evidence in court.

Use cases of electronic signatures in Sweden:

The COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed our lifestyles and how one conducts business. Most non-essential companies have established completely remote work setups. This “new normal” has concentrated more attention on electronic means of transactions. The “new normal” in the age of Covid-19 proceeds to facilitate the use of eSignatures.

Documents that cannot be e-signed in Sweden:

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