If required, temporary passports will to be issued for a single journey. A feature of the temporary passports is that they not only have a limited period of validity, but also are geographically restricted to a specific country. Therefore, if one applies for a temporary passport while still having a valid regular passport, the regular passport will be revoked and blocked internationally. Validity of passports for children under twelve will be limited by three years, due to the fact that childrens' appearances change rapidly.
In 2013, a staggering 177,000 Swedish passports were lost, stolen or missing. According to an investigation by the Ministry of Justice, a total of 1,441 had five or more passports issued, whereas one person received no less than 18 passports.
Furthermore, the report noted a random check at the Arlanda airport of Stockholm had revealed that the majority of people who had used Swedish passport to travel to Sweden were Syrians, arriving from Turkey, where they had bought Swedish passports off traffickers.
As early as in 2014, Jenny Nordberg of the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, claimed that Swedish passports were selling like hot cakes on the black market of Istanbul in Turkey.
Nordberg noted that the supply of the Swedish passports was rather good and blamed the situation on the Swedish authorities and embassies being far too generous in handing out new documents for all citizens who claim to have lost their passports.
"Some extremely careless Swedish citizens have lost their passports like ten times in a row and then retrieved ten new passports within a few months, according to the police," wrote Nordberg.
According to her, the common approach for illegal migrants is to get hold of a Swedish passport, enter the EU, arrive straight to Sweden, dispose of the used passport and claim to be a Syrian refugee. Nordberg asked around at the bazaars of Istanbul and the demand for Swedish passports turned out to be even higher than for American green cards. A 2015 estimate by Dagens Nyheter revealed that a single Swedish passport can fetch as much as 100,000 Swedish krona (12,500 dollars).