Sweden’s unique focus on innovation, sustainability, co-creation and equality has created a highly dynamic economy. This makes the country a formidable platform for companies to expand their business upon and to use as a brand that meets the demands of an increasingly purpose-driven world.
Business Sweden continuously monitors markets globally, and analyses the effects on Swedish companies’ internationalisation. Our reports provide a broad view of Swedish exports and foreign investments.
Today, more than 500 Swedish companies are operating on the Russian market. The Business Climate Survey is an appreciated tool used to map the opportunities and challenges Swedish companies face when doing business internationally. The Business Climate Survey questionnaire gathers unique information about Swedish firms’ view of the local business climate and aspects of doing business in Russia.
France has historically been an important trade partner for Sweden and this relationship keeps growing. With its 67 million inhabitants, France is the third largest market in Europe, and the seventh largest economy in the world. Key findings of the Business Climate Survey of 2021 are that France is considered an important market for Swedish companies and that the trust in the economic recovery is high.
In these uncertain times, increased government spending can bring a multiplier effect in the economic growth and result in the boosted private sector’s sentiments and demand. A review of the outcome of the India Business Climate Survey 2021 reveals that despite the Covid pandemic, the performance expectations on the market have not much shifted in India.
Team Sweden España (the Embassy, Business Sweden, the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Madrid and the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Barcelona) have joined forces and carried out a business climate survey among Swedish companies in Spain. The purpose of the survey has been to increase the understanding of how Swedish companies perform in Spain and deepen the appreciation of the opportunities and challenges that the Spanish market poses.
In the Business Climate Survey Japan 2020, the market outlook was quite poor due to the concerns regarding the impact of Covid-19. However, despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, the large majority – 75 per cent – of Swedish firms in Japan remained profitable.
The US is a key market for many Swedish companies and the US is Sweden’s largest export market outside of Europe. Sweden as a country, as well as Swedish products and services have an excellent reputation for sustainability, innovation and quality among American businesses and consumers. With the US investing in green, sustainable and innovative solutions, Swedish companies can leverage their status as industry leaders.
South Africa has focused its efforts on growing its economy to becoming a globally competitive and more attractive investment destination through rapid industrialisation and diversity. Despite having weak economic growth in the last few years averaging just below 1 per cent in the 5 years before 2020, the country remains one of the continent’s top investment destinations.
China is a vast, and at times, a daunting market and it is not the right fit for everyone; but it cannot be ignored. All international brands need an informed position to ascertain if China is a viable consumer market. The purpose of this study is to offer guidance by capturing learnings from Swedish brands who have been successful in the market.
A large number of Swedish companies have a presence or economic interest in Indonesia, one of Southeast Asia's emerging economies, and the scope for further investment is on the rise with steady economic growth and a booming middle-class. This Business Climate Survey provides insights from Swedish companies and their views on the market and operational conditions.
After the European Union - Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) became operational in August 2020, Swedish business in Vietnam has embarked on a new era. Despite the continuing challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Business Climate Survey Vietnam 2021 illustrates Swedish firms' optimism towards Vietnam’s business environment.
Turkey was one of the few OECD countries that experienced positive growth in 2020. But the country has faced severe challenges ranging from political and regional uncertainties to currency volatility and pandemic impacts. Despite this, no less than 75% of Swedish companies surveyed in Turkey were profitable last year.
The prosperous business hub Hong Kong used to be known as “Asia’s world city”. But recent political changes and the economic downturn due to the pandemic have cast doubt on Hong Kong’s future. This survey captures the most up-to-date view of the business climate from Swedish companies on the ground.
Swedish companies perceive an improved business climate compared to last year and saw an impact of COVID-19 less negative than expected with forecasted revenue and profit increases in 2021 compared with last year, but challenges on the market remain.
Known as Europe’s economic engine, Germany has played an important role in leading the European Union through the Covid-19 crisis. By implementing generous support schemes, Germany could assure stability on the market, which has created an improved business climate and has given Swedish companies a positive outlook on the future.
Business Sweden’s sustainability programme took major a leap forward in 2020 despite the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Apart from implementing a new code of conduct, we established an internal sustainability network and launched a new climate initiative together with Team Sweden.