Excerpted from the Sweden Career Guide
In Sweden, professional and trade associations are common although some are small. The labor unions have the most influence on the labor market and work for the interests of their members, trying to influence the policy process by lobbying.
Business Network International (BNI)
BNI is a professional association that provides networking opportunities for business people. It is the largest business networking organization in the world. The philosophy of the organization is built upon the idea of ‘Givers Gain: By giving business to others, you will get business in return.’ BNI’s mission is to help members increase their business through a structured, positive and professional word-of-mouth program that enables them to develop long-term, meaningful relationships with quality business professionals. Meetings are held all over Sweden.
Tel: +46-31-778 35 89
Fax: +46-31-92 40 08
International Association of Software Architects (IASA Sweden)
IASA Sweden is a chapter of an international non-profit business association dedicated to the advancement and sharing of issues related to software architecture in the enterprise, product, education and government sectors. It focuses on the IT architecture profession through education, advocacy, events and the development of best practices. The group has more than 6,000 members in the USA, Europe and Asia, and is currently the largest organization for professional IT architects.
Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers
http://www.sverigesingenjorer.se/ (Swedish, English)
The members of this organization are mainly engineers with bachelor’s degrees, but also engineers who have completed an upper-secondary engineering course. Additionally, membership is offered to technicians who have completed an upper-secondary engineering course and have a few years of working experience. It is the country's largest network for graduate engineers.
Tel: +46 8-613 80 00
Fax: +46 8-796 71 02
Accounting and Finance
http://www.civilekonomerna.se/ (Swedish, English)
Civilekonomerna is a professional organization for economists and accountants who graduated in business administration or economics with a degree comparable to an MBA. Members are mainly executives, researchers and students. The organization provides its members with employment opportunities as well as opportunities for training and skills development.
Tel: +46 8 556 912 00
Fax: +46 8 556 912 01
Business Management and Marketing
Swedish Association of Communication Professionals
http://www.sverigeskommunikatorer.se/ (Swedish, English)
Sveriges Kommunikatörer is the leading organization for professional communicators in Sweden. Members of the association have access to an international network, the Global Alliance, Euprera and CERP, as well as to sister organizations in Denmark, Finland and Norway. Every year Sveriges Kommunikatörer organizes around 50 courses and seminars, as well as a range of training programs and study tours.
Tel: +46 8-653 18 00
Fax: +46 8 651 10 88
Industry Organizations and Councils
Swedish Marketing Federation
The Swedish Marketing Federation is an association working for ethical and effective marketing. This is the largest organization in Sweden for marketing professionals. The group has 800 Swedish companies as members. Its primary mission is to help members succeed in marketing. The association conducts surveys, produces reports, and advises and assists its members.
Tel: +46 8-21 58 63
Fax: +46 8-21 58 19
Unions and Labor Organizations
Landsorganisationen i Sverige (LO)
Swedish Trade Union Confederation
http://www.lo.se (Swedish, English)
LO consists of 14 affiliates representing about 1.4 million members from both the public and private sectors. It is the central organization for coordination, research and public opinion. LO is associated with the Social Democratic Party and proposes and supports legislation concerning labor. Within the labor movement, there are also a number of organizations and enterprises that are close to LO, such as the educational organizations ABF (Workers’ Educational Association) and Bilda (correspondence school), as well as the insurance company Folksam. LO is also active at the international level.
Tel: +46 8 7962500
Fax: +46 8796 25 17
English Speaking Community Club (ESCC)
The Stockholm-based ESCC focuses on the cultural and social needs of Sweden's English-speaking community. While the majority of its members are from the USA and the British Commonwealth, the organization welcomes anyone who wants to participate in cultural or social activities where English is the spoken language. Activities include dinners, pub nights, book swaps, holiday celebrations and film evenings. The website has an events calendar.
Chambers of Commerce
Swedish Chambers of Commerce
The Swedish Chambers of Commerce play a significant role in building contacts and networking on regional as well as national and international levels. There are Swedish Chambers of Commerce representing all regions in Sweden. They are private organizations and represent more than 10,000 businesses of all sizes in all sectors of the economy. Financed by membership and service fees, all chambers provide services to their members and to interested companies abroad. The Swedish Chambers of Commerce cooperate with chambers of commerce throughout the world in order to develop trade.
Tel: +46 8 55510000
Fax: +46 8 56631635
This is just a sample of what you'll find in the complete Sweden guide.