For the fifth consecutive year, the Global Business Climate Survey monitors the views of 1,700 decision-makers at Swedish companies operating in 24 markets worldwide.  

The findings reveal a divided picture – sentiment has dropped compared to last year but a positive outlook on the business climate prevails in most markets. Meanwhile, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and India stand out for most favourable assessments in 2024.  

Around half of the respondents plan to increase their investments slightly or significantly in the next 12 months. Overall, 65 per cent of Swedish companies expect their industry turnover to increase. This year, the top three success factors were deemed to be cost efficiency, sales competence and partnerships/brand awareness.   

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About the survey

The Global Business Climate Survey is jointly produced by Business Sweden, the Swedish Chambers of Commerce (SCI), and Sweden’s embassies and consulates and covers 23 markets in Western Europe, APAC, MEA+, and the Americas. 

The survey was first carried out in 2020 and captures the viewpoints, experiences, and insights of Swedish business leaders overseas. This year, more than 1,700 C-level representatives of Swedish companies abroad responded to the survey and answered 18 standard questions on the business climate in their main markets. The responses from the various regions are weighted in the survey results. 

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