Business Information Sweden

  • BUSINESS OPPORTUNIES IN SWEDEN (ASK SCCC OFFICE FOR YOUR COPY)
  • SWEDISH INDUSTRY AND TRADE
  • WTC - A NEW MARKET PLACE IN Malmö
  • ABOUT WTC
  • Malmö, wins a place among the 12 fastest cities in the world
  • SWEDEN TOPS CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIPILITY LEAGUE
  • ENVIRONMENTAL SWEDEN IN BRIEF
  • SWEDEN IS ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST GLOBALIZED AND COMPETITIVE NATIONS.
  • SVERIGES HANDELS- OCH INVESTERINGS UTBYTE MED KANADA
  • BUSINESS INFORMATION SWEDEN/USEFUL LINKS TO GOVERNMENT,
  • AUTHORITIES , ASSOCIATIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS.
  • SWEDISH CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE ABROAD
  • SWEDISH CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE IN SWEDEN
  • TRADING WITH SWEDEN
  • BUSINESS INSTITUTIONS
  • SVENSKAR I VARLDEN
  • SWEDISH AUTHORITIES
  • EXPORTERS GUIDE TO SCANDINAVIA
  • CHAMBER TRADE
  • LOOKING FOR WORK IN SWEDEN
  • STOCKHOLM INTERNATIONAL FAIR
  • STATISTICS/SWEDEN
 

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN SWEDEN

PRESENTATION BY
LARS HENRIKSSON, HONORARY SWEDISH CONSUL IN TORONTO

MR. HENRIKSSON MADE THE PRESENTATION AT THE GTMA'S S (GREATER TORONTO MARKETING ALLIANCE) LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST CLUB IN OCTOBER, 2009

Some of the headings in the presentation:

  • SWEDEN VS CANADA
  • SWEDEN VS ONTARIO
  • SWEDEN-CANADA TRADE
  • WHY SWEDEN
  • SECTORS OF INTEREST
  • ECONOMIC GROWTH AND REDUCED EMISSION
  • SIMILARITIES CANADA VS EU

PLEASE CONTACT MONIKA LINDMARK (mglindmark@sccc.ca) at the SCCC's office for a copy of the presentation which will be sent to you electronically. You can also contact Lars Henriksson (lars@norditrade.com) directly.

 

SWEDISH INDUSTRY AND TRADE

  • Industry and development (Economic History)
  • Major Companies
  • Major Branches of Industry
  • Foreign Trade
  • Swedish Inventions
  • Important legislation in the labor market field
  • Business Culture
  • Links
 

World Trade Centre (WTC) A new market place in Southern Sweden

WTC in Malmö

WTC in Malmö occupies the best position, located centrally in Västra Hamnen, with southern Sweden and the Copenhagen region within easy

reach. A new market place is being created here with around 44,000 square metres of rentable space for offices, services, commerce, conferences, restaurants, exhibition facilities and a health and fitness center. The Center will become a natural meeting place with business networks on a local, regional and global level.

The WTC Malmö is one of 310 similar facilities around the world. In total, over 800,000 businesses are connected to World Trade Centers globally. World Trade Center Association is a non-profit, non-political organization with the aim of promoting international trade.

About World Trade Centers Association

The World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) is a not-for-profit, non-political association dedicated to the establishment and effective operation of World Trade Centers as instruments for trade expansion

The WTCA now represents 326 members in 92 countries. They are all involved in the development or operation of World Trade Centers or in providing related services. These World Trade Centers service more than 750,000 international trading corporations.

The WTCA's founding principles are as applicable today as they were more than three decades ago.

Purpose:

  • To encourage the expansion of world trade;
  • To promote international business relationships and understanding among nations;
  • To foster increased participation in world trade by industrializing nations;
  • To create and encourage mutual assistance and cooperation among members; and
  • To promote and further the concept of the World Trade Center.

WTCA members develop SWEDEN TO CUT CORPORATE TAX RATE and maintain facilities to house the practitioners of trade and the services they need to conduct business, creating a centra l focal point for a region's trade services and activities, or a "one-stop shopping center" for international business.

WTC Services:

  • Client support for WTCA OnLine, the WTCA's Internet service
  • Trade Research and Information
  • Educational Programs and Facilities
  • Business Clubs
  • Exhibit Facilities
  • Consumer and Business Services (e.g., hotels, banks, restaurants and shops)
  • Trade Mission Programs
  • Reciprocal Privileges at all other operating member facilities worldwide
  • TradeCard - the secure new way to manage procurement-to-payment worldwide: buyers, sellers and partners connect to a hosted, paperless platform. Processes are visible.

City of Malmö - one of the 12 fastest
and
most creative cities in the world!

After recession nearly wiped out Malmö's industrial base in the 1980s, the city had a chance to start over. It created eco-friendly neighborhoods of transformed tenements and old shipyards.

Much of Western Harbour now runs solely on renewable energy, including wind and solar, while organic waste from the area is turned into biogas.

In Augustenborg, roof gardens reduce runoff and insulate homes, while a carpool system and pedestrian- and bike-friendly roads help cut vehicle use.

The city expects to reduce its CO2 emissions by 25% between 2008 and 2012, blowing past the Kyoto Protocol's 5% target.

Note: Vancouver has earned its place in the group of the the fastest and most creative cities in the world. See the Canadian Business section

 

Sweden tops corporate social responsibility league

by: David Wiles

Sweden leads the world in corporate social responsibility (CSR), according to an influential report from the non-profit organization AccountAbility. Dr Simon Zadek, the organization's chief executive, explains why.

AccountAbility's Responsible Competitiveness Index (RCI) ranks Sweden as the country that is doing most to advance its business competitiveness through responsible business practices, ahead of Denmark, Finland, Iceland and the United Kingdom (for the RCI top 20, see fact box on the right). In other words, Swedes know how to do business while taking climate change, gender, human rights and anticorruption into account.

Compassion marries competetiveness

Zadek is calling on other nations to follow Sweden's example on CSR. "There needn't be a conflict between compassion and competitiveness, and Sweden is a shining example of this," says Zadek, who is seen as one of the architects of the CSR movement. He says that recent history plays a key role in Swedish companies' approach to responsible business.

"Fifty years of development have delivered a cohesive society where Sweden's business community is embedded in a set of social norms that the country is now exporting when it does business elsewhere. So much of this business responsibility comes from the way Swedish society has evolved since the World War II."

Swedish businesses act fast

Equally important, Zadek says, has been Swedish business's speed in reacting to the calls for CSR that have been growing in strength since the 1970s. He cites furniture retailer Ikea as a prime example. "I think 10 or 15 years ago Ikea was as unaware and as unresponsive to labor standards issues in their global supply chains as everybody else. But today Ikea would be considered one of the best players out there in the way it deals with environmental and labor issues."

Zadek says the Ikea example teaches two important lessons. "One is that when new issues emerge, Swedish businesses are often as poorly placed as anyone else. But secondly, once those issues become central to what a business needs to deal with, it seems to me that Swedish businesses move very quickly in addressing them."

Among these are many of Sweden's largest and best known companies, such as Electrolux, H&M and Husqvarna, which have put considerable efforts in recent years into balancing commerce with conscience in their respective industries.

Another proof of the high Swedish standards is to be found in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, which in 2007 included Swedish companies Atlas Copco, Castellum, Electrolux, SKF, TeliaSonera and Volvo.

READ MORE

 

Environmental Sweden in brief

Sweden is a country of vast forests, marvellous archipelagos and clean air.

But there are also severe environmental problems, such as excessively high nutrient levels in the Baltic Sea, acidification of lakes and land, and continuing exposure to a number of toxic substances, where the margins between current levels and levels that could result in adverse health affects are small.

The environmental situation is complex, as is the organisation of environmentaL protection, policy and legislation.

Click here for more information about The Environmental Sweden . website is intended to provide a brief overview of work in the public sector in Sweden on environmental issues.

 

SWEDEN IS ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST GLOBALIZED AND COMPETITIVE NATIONS.
Most competitive countries: 2007 Country ranks:
US

  • Switzerland
  • Denmark
  • SWEDEN
  • Germany
  • Finland
  • Singapore
  • Japan
  • UKhttp://www.sweden.se
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INNNOVATION LEADERS: 2007 Country ranks:

  • Finland
  • SWEDEN
  • Switzerland
  • Japan
  • Singapore
  • Israel
  • US
  • Germany
  • Denmark
  • Neterlands

NETWORK READINESS, 2006 Country ranks:

  • Denmark
  • SWEDEN
  • Switzerland
  • US20/23.5/25/5
  • Singapore
  • Finland
  • Netherlands
  • Iceland
  • Rep. of Korea
  • Norway

CORPORATE TAX RATES: 2008, PERCENT:

   
Japan 40.7
US 40.0
France 34.4
Germany 30.0
SWEDEN 28.0
UK 28.0
Finland 26.0
Netherlands 20/23.5/25/5
Denmark 25.0
Ireland 12.5
   

HIGHER EDUCATION ATTAINMENT: 2005, percentage of population 25-64

   
CANADA 40.1
Japan 39.9
US 39.0
Finland 34.6
Denmark 33.5
Netherlands 30.1
SWEDEN 29.6
UK 29.6
Germany 24.6
France 24.8
   

Source: Invest in Sweden : Fact sheets.

SVERIGES HANDELS- OCH INVESTERINGS UTBYTE MED KANADA

Översiktlig handels och i viss mån investeringsutbyte avseende Kanada för år 2007 och de narmast föregående åren.

(Siffror för USA finns med för jämförelse i några sammanhang.)

SVENSK EXPORT

Svensk export till Kanada har de fem senaste åren legat mellan 10,2 och 11,4 mrdSEK.

Förra året (2007) sjönk utförseln med -4% i värde till 11,0 mrdSEK. Därmed förlorade Kanada en placering och platsade som Sveriges 18:e viktigaste exportmarknad efter länder som Japan, Australien och Österrike, men före Indien, Schweiz, Estland och Turkiet.

Exporten till USA är nästan åtta ggr större än exporten till Kanada i värde. Exportrådet spådde i december månads (2007) marknadsöversikt en svensk exportmarknadstillväxt (import viktat med respektive lands andel i svensk export) i volym på +3% för 2007 och +5% år 2008 vad avser Nordamerika.

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SWEDISH BUSINESS INFORMATION

USEFUL LINKS

The Official Gateway to Sweden Information about Swedish society, economy, government, education, culture, nature, tourism, etc. in several languages. News, maps and weather reports.
www.sweden.se

There are eleven Chambers of Commerce in Sweden
SWEDISH CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE

As one of Sweden's most powerful business affinity groups, the Swedish Chambers of Commerce offer a range of products and services, including international arbitration and digital certificates.

The Swedish Chambers of Commerce are a part of the global network of Chambers of Commerce, and for existing or potential exporters/importers there is simply no better route to the global marketplace.

The Swedish Chambers constitute one of the largest business organisations in Sweden. Founded in 1902, they now have 11,000 member companies drawn from all sectors of the economy. The Chambers offer members practical services relevant to the modern economy.

As one of Sweden's most powerful business affinity groups, we also offer a range of products and services, including international arbitration and digital certificates.

The Swedish Chambers of Commerce are also part of the global network of Chambers of Commerce, and for existing or potential exporters/importers, there is simply no better route to the global marketplace.

The Chambers are the prime business contact network.

Learn more about the Swedish Chambers of Commerce

Confederation of Swedish Enterprise

The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise was founded March, 2001 after the Swedish Employers Confederation and the Federation of Swedish Industries successfully merged.
www.svensktnaringsliv.se

Invest in Sweden

Invest in Sweden Agency is a government agency responsible for informing foreign investors about business opportunities in Sweden. Companies planning to establish or expand business operations in Sweden can, free of charge, obtain information and assistance.
www.isa.se

Swedish Federation of Trade

The Swedish Federation of Trade has information about the Swedish market, customs, duties and trade regulations.
www.svenskhandel.se

The Swedish Association of Agents

The Swedish Association of Agents is an independent, non-political Swedish trade organization which works with other Swedish organizations on issues of mutual interest.

Three separate divisions have been set up for the busiest branch activities of textiles, footwear and electrical/electronic.
www.agenturforetagen.se

ICC Sweden

The Swedish National Committee of the International Chambers of Commerce
www.icc.se

Swedish Agency for International Development Cooperation, Sida

The Swedish Agency for International Development Cooperation, Sida, is a government agency under the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Sida's goal is to contribute to making it possible for poor people to improve their living conditions.
www.sida.se

National Board of Trade

The National Board of Trade is a governmental agency and the central administrative body in Sweden dealing with foreign trade and trade policy

The Board provides the Government with analyses and recommendations.
www.kommers.se

Open Trade Gate Sweden

Open Trade Gate Sweden works in close cooperation with a number of governmental encies and private sector organisations related to international trade issues. www.opentradegate.se

Swedish Companies Registration Office

Swedish Companies Registration Office offers current information on Sweden's enterprises.
www.bolagsverket.se

Yellow Pages (Gula Sidorna - only in Swedish language) Most Swedish companies are listed in the Swedish Yellow Pages. www.gulasidorna.se

Stockholm Stock Exchange.

Information about the Swedish tax system and national registration. www.stockholmsborsen.com

Association of the Swedish IT and Telecom Industry
Chambers of Commerce in Sweden
Confederation of Swedish Enterprise

Government bodies

Media

Science parks

Telematics Valley

Other

Research institutes & Universities

National Board of Trade

www.kommers.se

Swedish Central Bank

www.riksbank.com

Economic statistics from Sweden:

www.riksbank.com/swedishstat www.riksbank.com/swedishstat

Information from the Stockholm Stock Exchange with statistics and trading figures:
www.stockholmsborsen.se

Swedish Competition Authority is a state authority working in order to safeguard and increase competition in Sweden.
www.kkv.se

Svenskt Näringsliv. Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, is a pro-business interest organization representing Swedish companies. www.svensktnaringsliv.se

Links to business organizations in Sweden
www.katalogen.sunet.se/cat/business/organizations

E-Market Service. A guide to electronic marketplaces in different businesses around the world.
www.emarketservices.com

Information and contact services for foreign investors interested in the Swedish food processing industry. www.foodfromsweden.com

Industrial Research Institute of Sweden
www.irisresearch.a.se

The Canadian Embassy & Trade Commission in Sweden
http://www.infoexport.gc.ca/main

Swedish Export Directory
Swedish Export Directory available on-line

Swedish Export Directory is your guide to Swedish companies and their products. It includes the following information about the company: name, address, phone, fax, e-mail, management, turnover, equity, area of operation but also information about the products.

Bio Sweden . Provides information and contact services for biotech in Sweden. http://www.biosweden.org

 

EXPORTER'S GUIDE TO SCANDINAVIA

SUMMRY OF THE EXPORTER'S GUIDE TO THE SCANDINAVIAN COUNTRIES: DENMARK, NORWAY AND SWEDINFORMATION ABOUT SWEDENEN.

CHAMBER TRADE

Chamber Trade is a virtual business to business meeting point where you can find new business contacts who are either looking for co-operation partners or wanting to sell or buy products and services. The database is run by the Swedish Chambers of Commerce, but open to companies all over the world.

Welcome to register your own business inquiry and search the database free of charge!

TRADING WITH SWEDEN

The Swedish Chambers of Commerce are also part of the global network of Chambers of Commerce. For existing or potential exporters/importers, there is simply no better route to the Swedish marketplace.

Chamber Trade

is a virtual business to business meeting point where you can find new business contacts that are either looking for co-operation partners or wanting to sell or buy products and services. The database is run by the Swedish Chambers of Commerce, but open to companies all over the world. Welcome to register your own business inquiry and search the database free of charge
http://www.chambertrade.com

The Stockholm Chamber of Commerce.

Business organization with approximately 2,000 member companies ranging from world giants to small entrepreneurs.

The Stockholm Chamber of Commerce represents the industrial and commercial community in the County of Stockholm. They facilitate international trade and establish contacts between companies in the Stockholm region with companies all over the world www.chamber.se

Business Region Gothenburg

can assist your company when it comes to finding the right land or premises, identifying support available, establishing business contacts. www.businessregiongoteborg.com

International Chamber of Commerce Sweden, ICC Sweden, is governed by a Board of Directors comprising of 30 representatives from different sectors of Swedish business.

ICC Sweden determines the position of Swedish Business in international issues. They also represent an promote Swedish positions within ICC as well as promote ICC positions to Swedish business and government. www.iccsweden.se

Swedish Chambers Abroad

There are Swedish Chambers in about 30 countries.

The Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry

Represents international associations of Chamber of Commerce and Industry. They promote economic and trade relations between the European Union and non European countries.
www.eurochambers.seMalmö

 

LÄNKAR/ LINKS

CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE IN SWEDEN AND ABROAD

Svenska handelskamrar i Sverige Swedish Chambers of Commerce in Sweden

Utländska handelskamrar i Sverige Foreign Chambers of Commerce in Sweden

Handelskamrar i Europa Chamber s of Commerce in Europe

Swedish Chambers of Commerce Worldwide

Svenskar i Varlden

Institutions

Utrikespolitiska Institutet Institute for Foreign Affairs

Svenska Institutet Swedish Institute

Authorities

Regeringen Swedish Government

Utrikesdepartementet Foreign Affairs

Bolagsverket

Patent- och registreringsverket Patent & Registration

Tullverket Customs Sweden

Trade Fairs in Sweden

In Fairlink, the Scandinavian Trade Fair Council, you can find trade fairs and trade fair organizers in Sweden.

Fairlink

International Fairs Stockholmsmässan

Svenskt Näringsliv Svensk Handel

 

Looking for work in Sweden?

INFORMATION ABOUT SWEDEN

This information is intended as a guide for people living in other countries who are interested in looking for work in Sweden and who need some basic and general information about living and working conditions.

Source: www.sweden.se

 

Stockholm International Fairs

Stockholm International Fairs is one of the world's leading and most flexible organisers of meetings. We offer the perfect meeting place for everything from international summits to broad public fairs.

Together with exhibitors and organisers we create well-organised meetings which offer the visitor inspiration, knowledge and business opportunities.

As the leading organiser in the Baltic Sea Region, we organise some 60 industry-leading exhibit- ions as well as around 100 national and international congresses, conferences and events anually. Every year we welcome 10,000 exhibitors, 1.5 million visitors and more than 8,000 journalists from all over the world.

Program up to 2009 can be found on www.stockholmsmassan.se or send an email to staff@stofair.se

Foreign venture Capital

 

Statistics Sweden

About Statistics Sweden

Statistics Sweden is a central government authority for official statistics and other government statistics and in this capacity also has the responsibility for coordinating and supporting the Swedish system for official statistics.

Statistics Sweden's mission

In order to supply customers* with good quality statistics to be used as the basis for decision-making, debate and research, Statistics Sweden will:

  • develop, produce and communicate statistics,
  • actively contribute to statistical cooperation on an international level and
  • coordinate and support the Swedish system for official statistics.

Go to Statistics Sweden

ESTABLISHING A BUSINESS IN SWEDEN

Useful addresses when setting up business in Sweden

Establishing a business in Sweden

A foreign company wishing to do business in Sweden may establish a Swedish company in various legal entities. This fact sheet presents the most common business forms.

FACT SHEET
Business Fact Sheets
Useful addresses when setting up a business in Sweden

This fact sheet consists of a compilation of addresses of trade and professional associations and state agencies that can be helpful when setting up a business in Sweden. The contact information is that of each organization's head office.

Costs for establishing a Business in Sweden
Establishing a company in Sweden

How can I find information on companies in Sweden?

Specific information on companies in Sweden is available at the Swedish Business Registration Office, www.bolagsverket.se.

 

I'd like to sell my products and find a business partner in Sweden, who can I contact?

Chamber Trade is a virtual business-to-business meeting point where you can find new business contacts that are either looking for cooperation partners or want to sell or buy products and services.

 

Where can I check current exchange rates for the Swedish krona (SEK)?

With this currency converter you can convert the most common currencies to and from SEK. The current rates are listed in the main menu under "Currency" – "Current exchange rates." www.forex.se

 

Where can I find a Swedish-English dictionary?

On the Swedish Schoolnet website, you can translate Swedish words to and from the following languages: English, Albanian, Arabic, Bosnian, Croatian, Finnish, Greek, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.
www-lexikon.nada.kth.se/skolverket/swe-eng.shtml

Where do I find information on Swedish import duties?

If you would like to export your products to Sweden kindly have a look at the Swedish Customs web page to learn more about what rules apply to your goods.

 

Swedish Industry

How can I find information on companies in Sweden?

Specific information on companies in Sweden is available at the Swedish Business Registration Office, www.bolagsverket.se.

 

Tax relief for foreign key personnel

Foreign key personnel – executives, experts, researchers, and others – may now qualify for special tax relief when working in Sweden. The legislation, in effect as of 1 January 2001, will provide an additional advantage to companies who need foreign expertise for their Swedish operations. Read more: Tax relief for foreign key personnel

 

Swedish Chambers of Commerce

-the Association of Swedish Chambers of Commerce and Industry

The Swedish Chambers constitute one of the largest business organisations in Sweden. Founded in 1902, they now have 11,000 member companies drawn from all sectors of the economy. The Chambers offer members practical services relevant to the modern economy. The Chambers are the prime business contact network.

As one of Sweden's most powerful business affinity groups, we also offer a range of products and services, including international arbitration and digital certificates.

The Swedish Chambers of Commerce are also part of the global network of Chambers of Commerce, and for existing or potential exporters/importers, there is simply no better route to the global marketplace.

Learn more about the Swedish Chambers of Commerce

 

Chamber Trade is a virtual business to business meeting point where you can find new business contacts who are either looking for co-operation partners or wanting to sell or buy products and services. The database is run by the Swedish Chambers of Commerce, but open to companies all over the world.

Welcome to register your own business inquiry and search the database free of charge!

 

The Gateway to Sweden

Sweden's official Internet portal. It includes almost everything you need to know about Sweden. The portal is a shared platform for several organizations, whose overall responsibilities include providing information about Sweden abroad; Swedish Government, Swedish Trade Council, Invest in Sweden Agency (ISA), Swedish Travel & Tourism Council and Swedish Institute.

www.sweden.se
www.sweden.gov.se
www.swedishtrade.se
www.si.se

 

Canadian Swedish Business Association

Here with us you find a networking area for companies and individuals with a common interest; to explore and develop Canadian–Swedish business relations.

The Canadian Swedish Business Association (CSBA) is a non-profit organization that promotes trade, investment and partnerships between Canada and Sweden.

www.bas.com