A few weeks ago I tried to join my local DVD shop in order to watch more Swedish movies. As I do not have a Swedish ID card they would not allow me to join. My British Passport combined with my personnummer was not enough.
Today, I tried to get a blackberry phone and was told that I need a Swedish ID card. I explained to the guy that I already had a post pay phone contract with Tele2 which means I have been vetted and still he wouldnt budge.
Also its frustrating when trying to buy something with a credit card as sometimes they ask for ID and other times they dont. I was stopped by a fifty euro wireless broadband receiver as I had no ID but not challenged when I spent over 200 shots on Rock Band. I hate having to take my Passport with me just to buy something with my credit card. Don’t get me wrong full credit to the Swedes, the security is very good for card holders but…
So I need a Swedish ID card. Apparently they have tightened up the laws now. You used to be able to go to the Post office with the relevant paperwork but apparently you need to go with a close relative who is Swedish or who holds a Swedish ID. Great if your partner is Swedish but no good to me!
Fortunately it seems that my bank will issue me with an ID card as I am a customer. Whats the bet I go there tomorrow and get told something else…..
Here is a good link for on how to get a Swedish ID card
Todays Swedish Word of the Day is legitimation-proof of identity, often shortened to ‘leg’.