Search out the best exchange rates and lowest fees when you need to get money to Sweden to get more krona to your recipient while saving some money for yourself. By exploring your many options you can find the best deal for your transfer to Sweden from the USA.
Send money to Sweden with XE
XE has fast transfers with no fees and a range of foreign currency tools.
Online money transfer providers typically offer the strongest exchange rates and lowest fees on money transfers to Sweden. Some offer cash pickup in as little as a few minutes, while others seamlessly transfer to bank accounts. Sending money through PayPal or your bank is also an option, but you’ll typically face higher fees and weaker exchange rates when going that route.
Digital money transfer services
Companies like WorldRemit and OFX specialize in foreign currencies, making them some of the most cost-effective transfers. Most offer transfers directly to your recipient’s Swedish bank account, often in as little as a day or two.
Services like MoneyGram, WorldRemit and Western Union allow you to transfer cash for pickup at a local branch in Sweden— often in 15 minutes. While it’s a fast way to send money, you’ll pay for the convenience in weak exchange rates and high fees.
The Swedish krona is a fairly popular currency, so your local bank may be able to exchange it. If your bank does support the Swedish krona, beware of high fees and wide margins on the exchange rate compared to digital and other options when sending a wire transfer to Sweden.
How to send money to Sweden online
Sign up and send money with a digital money transfer specialist in four steps:
Sign up for a free account. Pick a provider and sign up for a free online account using your contact information, proof of ID and preferred payment method.
Provide transfer details. Submit your recipient’s contact information and pick a delivery method. If transferring to a bank, you’ll need their Swedish bank account information.
Confirm transfer details. Double-check your payment method, expected fees and destination.
Save your receipt. Record your receipt’s confirmation number to track the progress of your transfer to Sweden. Some money transfer providers send a text or email when your transfer is complete.
What are the ways that I can send money to Sweden
Bank transfers. Many major Canadian banks will allow you to send money to Sweden.
Money transfer providers. Providers like Wise and OFX can help you quickly and easily transfer your money online.
Providers with cash pickup. Western Union, WorldRemit and MoneyGram allow you to send funds for cash pickup at agent locations.
PayPal. Electronic payment giant PayPal allows you to send money from Canada to Sweden.
Cheques and money orders. Although not a quick option, you could send an international cheque overseas, obtained from your financial institution.
Let’s crunch the numbers: Sending $1,000 to Sweden
Let’s say you need to send $1,000 to family in Sweden. Here’s what you might face as far as fees and exchange rates as of November 7, 2020.
Digital money transfer service
$50 + additional correspondent bank fees
1 CAD = 6.6141 SEK
1 CAD = 6.4943 SEK
1 CAD = 6.1025 SEK
Better than the bank
Fastest and better than the bank
Slowest and most expensive
The bank option ends up being both the slowest and gets the smallest amount of money to your recipient in Sweden. If you avoid the bank you can save SEK 817, and a cash transfer can typically have your transfer to Sweden in as little as 15 minutes. Just make sure there is a cash pickup location near your recipient before sending.
How to get the most out of your money transfer to Sweden
Weigh costs and fees against convenience to learn how to compare money transfer providers that send to Sweden to best meet your needs:
Exchange rates. The CAD-SEK relationship fluctuates occasionally, so using a service that allows you to lock-in exchange prices may help you save money down the line if the Swedish krona rises against the Canadian dollar.
Transfer fees. Transferring money overseas nearly always requires fees, but they might be hidden in the exchange rate. When sending large amounts, it may be cheaper to pay a flat fee to secure a stronger CAD-SEK exchange rate.
Transfer limits. How much you can send varies by company, and different amounts can attract higher or lower fees. Shop around for the best deal on the amount of krona you’re sending to Sweden.
Turnaround. Transferring money through a local bank can take a business week or longer. If you need the funds delivered quickly, seek out a digital specialist that offers instant transfers to Sweden.
Sending limits. Comparing prices for one large transfer instead of many small transfers is typically easier, so picking the service you use based on how much you’re sending is a valid strategy for saving money.
Transfer methods. Whether you want money sent to a Swedish bank account or picked up as cash at a local agent, narrow down a company that matches your preferred delivery method.
Emergency cash transfer to Sweden
When urgency trumps cost to get your money to Sweden quickly, look for money transfer companies that support cash pickup in minutes. You can pay with a credit or debit card for fast pickup, but fees are higher than other methods.
How to send money to Sweden without a bank account
Cash transfer services can help you if you don’t have a bank account, look for a local company that supports storefronts for cash payments. These services include agent locations in other countries that allow your recipient to pick up cash without a bank account.
Sweden’s exchange rates explained
The exchange rate determines how much one country’s currency is worth in another country’s currency. When a country’s currency is strong, it yields more money when exchanging it in a country with a weaker currency. Sweden’s exchange rate is relatively stable compared to the Canadian dollar, and the CAD-SEK relationship typically doesn’t change often. Factors that may influence the exchange rate include interest rates, economic stability and inflation.
Documents needed for sending to and receiving money in Sweden
To send money to Sweden from Canada, you’ll need government-issued ID and other documents, while documents needed to pick up money in Sweden may differ by company.
Documents to send money from Canada
To send money from Canada to Sweden, you’ll need documentation and details that include:
Identification. Most services require a driver’s license, passport or other government-issued ID. Some services allow you to send transfers without ID, but they may require your SIN.
Payment method. Your service may accept credit or debit cards, cash, bank accounts or personal cheques.
Recipient information. Submit your recipient’s name as it appears on their ID, along with their phone number and Swedish bank account information.
Documents to receive money in Sweden
To pick up money in person, documentation can include:
Transfer number. The person sending you money can forward the transfer’s confirmation details — called a PIN, an MTCN, a reference number or a tracking number, depending on the company.
Government-issued ID. A Swedish Passport, Swedish ID or similar official ID may be required to pick up your transfer.
Amount sent. You may need to know how much was sent, usually within 10% of the total.
Sender’s information. Take along your sender’s full name, the sending country and their address, if known.
What to watch out for
There are no taxes simply for receiving a money transfer in Canada. However, an incoming transfer could trigger a tax if the money is earned or used in a taxable way. For example, if you receive money as profit from an overseas business venture, you’ll have to report this on your annual tax return as part of your income. Learn more about tax regulations for large international money transfers into Canada in our guide.
Sending your hard-earned money to Sweden shouldn’t cost a fortune. Compare money transfer companies that specialize in foreign transactions for the strongest rates, lowest fees and flexible delivery. For transfers to other countries, rely on our country specific guides the next time you need to make a transfer.
Zak Killermann is a writer at Finder. He’s ghostwritten hundreds of articles on fintech, finding his love for publication at St. Cloud State University. Traveling internationally for nearly half his life — and getting burned once by an OTC money exchange — Zak's vowed not to settle for anything short of the mid-market rate again.
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