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Sweden and the United States have been business partners for over 375 years. In these post-millennial times there is a strong synergy between Sweden and Northern California; two highly innovative regions that are pioneering in Life Sciences, Bio Technology, Telecom, Renewable Energy and Clean Tech, ICT, and Transportation Urban Technology.
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One of the World’s Most Innovative Countries
Sweden has long been one of the world’s most innovative countries. In 2013, Sweden was ranked number two for the second consecutive year on the list of the most innovative countries in the Global Innovation Index 2 (GII). The Innovation Union Scoreboard 2010 ranked Sweden as the leading country for innovation among EU member states. New technology is increasingly drawn to Sweden because there exists a close collaboration between research institutes and the private and public sectors in the country: a synergy that continues to be a key factor helping to facilitate the foundation of global Swedish companies like Assa Abloy, AstraZeneca, Ericsson, Sandvik, SCA, Skanska and Volvo. Additionally, exporters enjoy excellent business opportunities in these same sectors.
Leader in Information & Communication Technologies Development
Sweden offers a dynamic business environment for developing information and communication technologies coupled with world leadership in converting technology into commercially viable products and applications. Sweden is now at the forefront of research into high-speed electronics and system design, and increasingly Swedish designed apps like Spotify and Skype are omnipresent. Decades of experience in telecom, wireless, electronics, computer game development and web design, have established Sweden as the go-to locale for ICT related R&D. Apple, ARM, Electronic Arts, Google, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Mediatek, Opera, Qualcomm, RIM, and many others have now arrived in Sweden to develop their technologies.
Dynamic & Progressive Business Environment
The reasons for Sweden’s current success as a destination for R&D and innovation include the country’s historic tradition of inventiveness, a continued commitment to gender equality, a highly educated populace, a strong belief in the individual akin to that found in the United States and the fact that the Nordic country ranks first in the EF EPI, the world’s English Proficiency Index. The Swedish flair for innovation and thirst for knowledge has now helped to make the country a world leader in IT and telecom. Kista Science City — Stockholm’s “Wireless Valley” — is the new home of over 700 high-tech companies.
Swedish Statistics & Business Related Resources
- SCB Consumer, trade, and other statistics about Sweden
- The Swedish Chambers of Commerce Information about doing business in Sweden
- Swedish Federations of Trade Information about doing business in Sweden
- NASDAQ OMX Nordic The largest stock market in Scandinavia
- Sveriges Riksbank The central bank of Sweden
- The Swedish Trade Council
- Invest in Sweden
Swedish Resources in America
- Embassy of Sweden Washington
- Consulate General of Sweden San Francisco
- Sweden.se The Official Gateway to Sweden
Företagarna is Swedens largest organization for entrepreneurs. Företagarna is pushing policies towards improving the conditions for entrepreneurs and making it easier to start, run, develop and own companies. Företagarna is owned and run by its members and the organization is politically independent.
Start-Up Stockholm offers personal cost-free entrepreneurship- and innovation advisory, method development and actions to benefit entrepreneurship. 50 advisers are on site, which yearly receives over 4000 people from Stockholm. The advisory results in 2600 new companies, which in turn leads to 1400 viable companies, who has a yearly revenue of over 600.000 SEK. Start-Up Stockholm is an initiative by Stockholms New Entrepreneurs Center in cooperation with Stockholm City, Almi Företagspartner, the Stockholm Provincial Office, Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth, SEB, PwC and Trygg-Hansa.
Founders Alliance is a network for entrepreneurs where you will find a large proportion of Sweden’s most influential and experienced entrepreneurs. Founders Alliance works to provide value in terms of knowledge, experience, contacts and inspiration to our members. All our work is dedicated to helping our members build successful companies. Since its inception, Founders Alliance has built up, strengthened and developed its network to now include some of the most influential and experienced entrepreneurs in Sweden. Through Founders Alliance our members receive a platform with other experienced entrepreneurs/ professional friends to share knowledge and inspiration with, in order to succeed in building sustainable, profitable international companies and lead the way for quality, entrepreneurial leadership.