Adoptions in Sweden

A long tradition of inter-country adoptions
Sweden has a long tradition of inter-country adoptions – adoptive families and adoptees are a tangible feature of our society. Swedish families have been adopting children from other countries since the 1960s. More than 48,000 children have found a family and a home in Sweden.

Sweden has the highest per capita proportion of international adoptees in the world. In practice, this means that the vast majority of Swedes have personal experience of adoption. There is a good chance of having a relative, friend or neighbour who has adopted or is an adoptee. Adoption is an accepted and well-established way of forming a family in Sweden.

The first generations of adoptees have now grown up. Many of them have in different contexts chosen to share their experiences with younger generations and families that are in the process of adopting. A number of adult adoptees feature prominently in public life in Sweden and have become well-known as authors, politicians, journalists, musicians and sportsmen. There are many role models for young adoptees. Adoptees are represented throughout Swedish society.


The Swedish Intercountry Adoptions Authority (MIA) is a government authority under the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs. MIA is also the Central Authority under the 1993 Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in respect of Intercountry Adoption. It is the task of MIA to establish a high quality in intercountry adoption operation in Sweden. In particular MIA shall monitor that intercountry adoption intermediation in Sweden is conducted according to law and the principle of the best interest of the child as expressed in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and in the 1993 Hague Convention. Read more about MIA here.

(Information taken from MIA´s webpage)