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Excerpted from the Sweden Career Guide

Small- and medium-sized companies have long been considered the base of the economy in Sweden. In the past few years there has been a lot of focus on small business creation and start-ups in Sweden, especially with the downsizing and redundancies experienced in major companies. There has been a constant flow of guides, seminars, projects and support organizations offering advice and help for people in setting up their own businesses.

Organizations and Trade Associations

Swedish Association of Agents
The Swedish Association of Agents has approximately 600 member companies. The clothing industry (fabrics and ready-to-wear) accounts for more than 50 percent of the memberships. The footwear, electrical and electronic and food industries are also strongly represented. More than 90 percent of member companies are small owner-managed businesses with less than 10 employees. The association has branch offices with extensive local programs in southern Sweden (Malmö) and western Sweden (Gothenburg). Three separate divisions have been set up for the busiest branch activities of textiles, footwear and electrical/electronic.

Box 3146
SE-103 62 Stockholm, Sweden
Visiting Address:
Vasagatan 46, 5 tr
Stockholm, Sweden
Tel: + 46 8 411 00 22
Fax: + 46 8 411 00 23
Email: mail@agenturforetagen.se

Labor Unions

https://www.unionen.se (Swedish, English)
Unionen is a trade union which was created in January 2008 by the merger of HTF and SIF. It is Sweden’s largest trade union for the private labor sector and the largest white-collar union in the world. Members include engineers, accountants, scientists and IT workers, retail and wholesale businesses. Unionen is part of the TCO (the Swedish Confederation of Professional Employees).


Dagens Industri
Dagens Industri is the premier Swedish daily business and finance paper. It reports news and provides commentary about the national and international financial climate, as well as political news of importance to business. It also offers an online paper six times per week, posted at 6 a.m. and updated regularly until the New York Stock Exchange closes. The hardcopy version is available electronically at 8 p.m. An annual subscription within Sweden costs 2,845 SEK (306 USD). Prices for residents outside Sweden vary from 3,300 SEK to 6,485 SEK (355 USD to 697 USD) depending on location.

Dagens Industri
Torsgatan 21
S-113 90 Stockholm
Tel: +46 (8) 7288590
Fax: +46 (8) 317408
Email: pren@di.se

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