Although Sweden offers an open business environment relatively free of bureaucratic red tape, doing business in Sweden can still be confusing if you don’t know where to turn for assistance.
This article will help by introducing you to 9 great resources that can get you started on the right path.
Sweden’s official promotional website, Sweden.se provides a reliable resource for facts about Sweden. The information on this website is broken down into 6 main categories: society, culture, traditions, nature, business, and quick facts.
Europages is a portal for and directory of European companies intended to encourage business-to-business interactions. The link above provides a list of Swedish businesses; looking through it could be your first step to finding a local partner.
Startup Overseas is a resource intended to help you launch or expand a business outside of the United Kingdom. There, you can find information about starting a business in or expanding a business to Sweden, buying a business or franchise in Sweden, and importing or exporting to Sweden, along with a list of experts ready to answer your questions about doing business in Sweden.
Jointly owned by the government of Sweden and Swedish private industry, respectively represented by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Swedish Foreign Trade Association, Business Sweden facilitates foreign investment in Swedish organizations and international growth for Swedish companies. Business Sweden can provide strategic investment advice, matchmaking and introductions to public and private Swedish companies and organizations, meeting arrangements in Sweden, and much more.
5. Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the United Kingdom
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the United Kingdom is a non-profit organization that promotes the exchange of ideas and experiences, along with networking and trade, between Sweden and the U.K. This organization can help you with various aspects of doing business in Sweden, including setting up introductions, references, company visits, and study visits, along with providing event management services.
6. Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce
SACC-USA is grassroots nonprofit organization that facilitates and supports trade, commerce, and investment between the U.S. and Sweden. This organization’s offerings include the Business Accelerator Program, the Swedish-American Membership Directory, the Entrepreneurial Days trade and networking event, and a Trainee Program designed to provide U.S. companies with qualified trainees from Sweden.
7. Stockholm International Fairs and Congress Centre
The Stockholm International Fairs and Congress Centre, known in Sweden as Stockholmsmässan, but colloquially called Älvsjömässan, arranges trade fairs in Sweden’s capital city, Stockholm. Stockholmsmässan’s website is a great place to find information about upcoming exhibitions and events, as well as learn how to run your own.
A subsidiary of Scandinavian Survey Group, Fairlink strives to be a center of excellence serving the conference and exhibition industry. This organization provides extensive information about and training for Swedish trade fair organizers and presenters.
9. Svensk Handel
Svensk Handel, the Swedish Trade Federation, is an organization for Swedish employers that serves the entire commerce and trade sector. Svensk Handel offers commercial development and establishment advisory services within the retail trade sector.
Of course, I also hope that I can be a helpful resource to you as you begin the process of doing business in Sweden, both through the information provided on this blog and through my professional English to Swedish translation and localization services.
I wish you the best of luck.