Credit card in Sweden

Obtaining a functioning credit card is one of the first things you will need once you move to Sweden. It is very common to pay with credit card in almost every establishment in Sweden. You can get a credit card which is linked to a checking account and you can get a prepaid credit card which is not linked to a checking account. With a prepaid credit card, you can spend money that you load onto the prepaid card in advance. You can get a ‘normal’ credit card when you open a bank account (current account) in Sweden. There are a lot of different banks and credit card companies operating in Sweden. With our tips and tricks you will sign-up for a credit card that fits your personal needs.

Credit card or prepaid credit card?

Before you start to investigate which credit card company fits your wishes it is important to know if you need a credit card with a current account at a bank (open a bank account) or a prepaid credit card. Prepaid credit cards are easier to get and with less paperwork. However, you will have to pay a higher amount for the fees. Having a bank account in Sweden will make your life a bit easier. In this way, no international fees will apply when you still use your old card from another country.

How to get a prepaid credit card

Mastercard and Visa cards are the most widely used credit cards in Sweden. It can become difficult to pay with American Express in most establishments and therefore it would be convenient to get a local prepaid credit card. You can easily apply for a card online and it will be sent to your home address. You can load money onto the card free of charge via bank transfers. Normally there is not a lot of paperwork and there are no credit checks. In this way, you can get a credit card account which is not connected to a bank account.

How to open a bank account in Sweden (with credit card)

Firstly, you will need a personal number. Every Swedish bank will require this. You also will need a Swedish ID-card or valid pasport and proof of residence. Once you have this information ready you can go to a bank and open a Swedish bank account. Internet banking has become very common in Sweden and we would recommend arranging this because this will save you a lot of time. You can check account balance, payments and credit card status from anywhere – without any hassle.

Credit card companies in Sweden

So, what are the best credit cards in Sweden and which of them offers the best terms and conditions? We have listed below the most frequently used credit cards in Sweden.

List with credit card companies in Sweden

Prepaid Card
Marginalen Bank
ICA Banken
Bank Norwegian
ICA Banken
ICA Banken