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Export strategy

Sweden’s new export strategy has been developed in close collaboration with the business sector. In the strategy, the Government addresses the challenges facing Swedish exports with a large number of concrete measures.

Responsible ministers
Mikael Damberg
Responsible ministries
Ministry for Foreign Affairs
  • Sweden’s export strategy

    The Swedish export strategy is to help achieve the Government’s overall objective of Sweden having the lowest unemployment rate in the EU by 2020. The goals in the strategy are to: Increase exports, both in absolute figures and as a proportion of GDP; Increase Sweden’s attractiveness for investments, expertise and Tourists; Increase the proportion of exporting enterprises; and Increase Swedish enterprises’ participation in the global economy.

News from Sweden’s Export Strategy

  • Mikael Damberg, Minister for Enterprise and Innovation
    Mikael Damberg, Minister for Enterprise and Innovation, launches the Swedish export strategy. Photo: Gabriel Wernstedt/Government Offices of Sweden

    1. Additional SEK 800 million to increased exports

    Compared with other countries’ export growth, it is clear that Sweden can perform better. Of Sweden’s exports, 70 per cent go to the EU internal market. Trade with our closest neighbours is very significant and important to our economy. But trade in the internal market must be supplemented so that Sweden as an export nation does not lose market shares.

  • Mikael Damberg Minister for Enterprise and Innovation and Team Sweden in Brazil to facilitate trade.
    Mikael Damberg Minister for Enterprise and Innovation and Team Sweden in Brazil to facilitate trade. Foto: EPA/CARLOS VILLALBA

    2. Team Sweden to coordinate export support

    Swedish businesses wanting to enter the export market regard current export support as confusing, given the various government agencies, companies and boards involved. Team Sweden has consequently been tasked with coordinating export support and making things simple and straightforward for companies wanting to enter the export market. As its first destination, Team Sweden recently visited Brazil.

  • Mikael Damberg and Irena Busic
    Mikael Damberg, Minister for Enterprise and Innovation, and Irena Busic, from the Embassy of Sweden Beijing China. Photo:Björn Djurberg/Embassy of Sweden

    3. Every three days, the Government travels to promote Sweden

    The Government’s aim is to increase exports. As part of these efforts, a new export strategy for Sweden has been drawn up

  • Mikael Damberg visiting BillerudKorsnäs
    Mikael Damberg, Minister for Enterprise and Innovation, visiting BillerudKorsnäs. Photo: Gabriel Wernstedt/Government Offices of Sweden

    4. Swedish enterprises to achieve the largest global deals

    More Swedish export enterprises will compete for the largest global deals. This initiative, which is part of the Government’s new export strategy for increased trade and more jobs, entails a broader mandate for Business Sweden.

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    More Swedish enterprises to win international procurements. Photo/Cia Pak

    5. More Swedish enterprises to win international procurements

    More Swedish enterprises will participate in and win procurements of goods and services at the major international organisations, such as the United Nations, international financial institutions and the European Union. This is one of the Swedish export strategy measures being launched on Monday.

  • Cover action plan for business and human rights
    Action plan for business and human rights. Photo: Government Offices of Sweden

    6. Action plan for business and human rights

    The Government believes that business and respect for human rights go hand in hand and must be part of an active corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy. The Government has therefore drawn up a national action plan for business and human rights.

  1. 1 Additional SEK 800 million to increased exports
  2. 2 Team Sweden to coordinate export support
  3. 3 Every three days, the Government travels to promote Sweden
  4. 4 Swedish enterprises to achieve the largest global deals
  5. 5 More Swedish enterprises to win international procurements
  6. 6 Action plan for business and human rights

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