How do I choose a name for my company?

Last updated: 20 March 2018 .

Here is a overview of what to think about when choosing a name.

It is a good idea to check if the name is available. You can easily do this at Namesearch.

Is the entity doing business activities and registered in the Register of Business Enterprises, you need to make sure that the name

  • is not identical to another name registered in the Register of Business Enterprises
  • contains at least three letters
  • is in accordance with the law

When you choose a name, you need to make sure that the name

  • contains the correct designation of the organization type, for example, the name of a limited company must contain the word «limited company» or AS
  • not suitable to mislead
  • is not suitable to cause offence, such as using swear words

A sole proprietorship or a partnership cannot contain another person’s name other than the name of the owner/partner. The name of a sole proprietorship must contain the surname of the owner.

Who can choose the name?

It is an authorised body, such as the general meeting of the company, which must decide the name. If the company has articles of association, partnership agreement or shipping agreement, the change of name will imply changes also here.

You report a new name by submitting Coordinated register notification. You must attach

  • minutes from an authorised body, such as the general meeting
  • any updated articles of association/partnership agreement/shipping agreement

Can I use a different name on my company than what is registered?

When you market the company, you can use a different name on the company than what is registered. You can for example use this name on a sign, as a logo or a domain name. However, the officially registered name must appear on all business documents, such as letters, web pages and invoices.