OPINION & ANALYSIS
What’s in a name? Getting to grips with the Swedish postal system
OPINION: I'd never thought before moving abroad that something as simple as the procedure for delivering a parcel could differ so much between different countries. Oh, how wrong I was...
Published: 3 December 2021 10:09 CET
Good luck persuading postal workers to deliver your parcels if they're addressed to your nickname. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT
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Wow, did not know this, thanks for bringing it to our attention in an interesting article.
I do send stuff to Sweden occasionally from Australia, not had a problem, presumably because it has been correctly addressed.
This article brought back memories when we first moved to Sweden 11 years ago. As holders of Cypriot passports (EU country), we thought that our Cyprus issued ID will work until we get our Swedish ID. The 1st problem we had was when we picked our internet modem from the local ICA supermarket. When we showed them the ID, they couldn’t scan it and therefore would not accept it. We tried to explain that Cyprus is an EU country and thus our Cypriot ID should be accepted but the lady answered that Cyprus is not an EU country. We were understandably chocked and explained that the immigration accepted us as EU citizens and gave us letter to confirm this but the lady wouldn’t be convinced. Finally, we had to bring Swedish relatives who could receive the package on our behalf. This happened many times with the post office as well as the bank but was solved when we got our Swedish ID. The thing is that, even if the staff would accept our explanations, they had to scan an ID, otherwise the system will not register it
I had a similar experience 15+ years ago.
I was out of the country, and had my parents mail a few letters and a small package to my friends place in Sweden, so he could receive them and hold them until I returned. My name was on the letters and package. But it was his address. Swedish post wouldn’t deliver them. Blew my mind that they even knew who was supposed to be living in the address. Nothing of the sort would happen where I come from. Packages are delivered to an address, regardless of the name. But it seems that in Sweden packages are delivered to a name at an address.
Kind of amazing. More evidence of how well organised the Swedes are, I guess. This could never be pulled off in most countries.