On 1 January 2019, the standard public broadcasting fee was replaced with a personalised public service fee. The public service fee is to be paid by anyone who lives in Sweden, who is liable for taxation in Sweden and has reached the age of 18 on 1 January 2023. Some individuals who live abroad are also liable for the fee. You are to pay the fee regardless of whether you have a television, and the fee is directly levied with your tax.
The public service fee goes to public-service companies i.e. Sveriges Radio (SR), Sveriges Television (SVT) and the Swedish Educational Broadcasting Company (UR). The public service fee replaced the standard public broadcasting fee paid to the former television-licensing body, Radiotjänst, on 1 January 2019.
The public service fee is a maximum of SEK 1,300 per person per year. Those who have a taxable income of SEK 130,025 or less per year are only taxed at 1 per cent of their income. Taxable income is the income you earn from services rendered or business activities, after deductions. Taxable income includes, for example, salary, pension and sickness benefits, but not income from capital.
You do not receive any remittance form and thus do not need to make any payments – the fee is directly withdrawn through your taxes.
Taxable earned income 2023
Public service fee
SEK 130,024 or less
1% of income
SEK 130,025 or more
SEK 1,300 per year
The fee is determined based on the income base amount, which is updated annually.
John is 19 years old. He attends upper-secondary school and also has a summer job at his mother’s company, where he earns SEK 25,000 per year. After the basic tax allowance of SEK 22,300, John’s taxable income is SEK 2,700. This means he is liable for a public service fee of SEK 27, which corresponds to 1% of his taxable income.
25,000 – 22,300 = 2,700
300 × 0.01 = 27
Birgitta has a pension of SEK 120,000 annually i.e. SEK 10,000 per month. After a basic tax allowance of SEK 76,700, her taxable income is SEK 43,300. This means that she is liable for a public service fee of SEK 433. This corresponds to 1% cent of her taxable income.
120,000 – 76,700 = 43,300
43,300 × 0.01 = 433
Omar works as a teacher and earns SEK 360,000 annually i.e. SEK 30,000 per month. After a basic tax allowance of SEK 20,800, his taxable income is SEK 339,200.
360,000 – 20,800 = 339,200
Omar’s taxable income is higher than SEK 130,025 and he thus pays the maximum fee, which is SEK 1,300.
The following persons are liable for the public service fee:
Everyone over the age of 18 years who lives and pays taxes in Sweden. This means that pensioners and individuals who receive activity allowance, sickness benefit and unemployment insurance are also liable for the fee if their income is taxable.
Individuals who are subject to unrestricted taxation and who live abroad and pay tax on earned income in Sweden. Earned income refers to income from services rendered and business activities. Income from capital, such as rental income, does not constitute earned income.
You are liable for the fee even if you do not have any radio or television.
Hans lives in Denmark and is subject to unrestricted taxation in Sweden. He owns a forest property in Sweden and is taxed in Sweden for income through the property. This income is taxed as income from business operations. Consequently, Hans is liable for the public service fee in Sweden, since he is subject to unrestricted taxation, has a taxable earned income and is 18 years old.
Individuals who do not have any taxable income earned income are not liable for any public service fee. For example, this applies to students who only receive student financing from the Swedish National Board of Student Aid (CSN) or to individuals who are living strictly on welfare.
The public service fee is not levied on individuals who are taxed pursuant to the Act on special income tax on non-residents (SINK). This is due to these individuals being subject to restricted taxation.
The fee applies solely to natural persons and is not levied for legal entities, such as a company.
Charlotte lives in Denmark and is subject to restricted taxation in Sweden. She has income from business activities for which she is taxed in Sweden. However, Charlotte is not liable for any public service fee in Sweden, since she is not subject to unrestricted taxation in Sweden.
You do not receive a remittance form for the public service fee, since it is levied together with other taxes. The fee is included in the tax tables that employers use to determine the correct amount of preliminary tax to deduct and pay to the Swedish Tax Agency. The amount you pay has been specified in tax returns since 2020 (i.e., from the 2019 income year and onwards).
The Swedish Tax Agency transfers the fees to a special public service account at the National Debt Office every month. The account is managed by the Swedish Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency in a sealed system, separately from the other government budgets.
The public service fee is used to finance radio and television operations as a public service. It may not be used for other enterprises. The public-service companies comprise Sveriges Radio (SR), Sveriges Television (SVT) and the Swedish Educational Broadcasting Company (UR).