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The fact that Sweden has a register that holds a social security number doesn't make it very different from the existing situation in the UK where everyone is assigned a National Insurance number. I have lived in Norway now for 18 years and of course I also have a Norwegian identity number but that doesn't mean that I have to carry a biometric ID card. Yes this number is used as my ID for bank accounts and so on but so what, the state has never had any difficulty connecting people bank accounts and taxation with or without this convenience. One reason that things like this should be resisted is that the UK is advertised as a democracy but important issues are decided by non-representative minorities.Kevin Whitefoot, 14 years ago.