International Trade Policy

Sweden's trade policy

Sweden's trade policy is based on free trade. The Government's Statement on Trade Policy that was presented in the Riksdag on 14 April 2010 begins with phrase, "Sweden's development - from poverty to a welfare society - is the history of deregulation and free trade".

Double exports

In 2010, Minister for Trade Ewa Björling launched a vision of doubling Swedish exports by 2015. The Double exports pages present the background to Dr Björling's export vision, and also a programme with clear goals and measures for increasing internationalisation and foreign trade.

EU trade policy


The EU's trade policy consists both of the rules for trade within the EU - the internal market - and joint action taken by the EU in creating global and regional rules for imports and exports, for example in the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Regional agreements

A trade agreement is an agreement between two or more countries on the conditions for trade relations between them. There is a distinction between trade agreements between two countries (bilateral trade agreements) and agreements among a larger number of countries (multilateral trade agreements).

World Trade Organisation (WTO)

The World Trade Organisation (WTO), based in Geneva, is where the countries of the world negotiate the conditions for international trade.

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), based in Paris, is an international cooperation organisation for economic development, primarily for its 30 member countries.

Organisations and cooperation bodies

This section presents information about a number of different international organisations and cooperation bodies that Sweden supports, takes part in or cooperates with.

Budget and objectives

The objectives of foreign trade and promotion of trade and investment are: the highest possible level of free trade, an efficient internal market and open trade policy in the EU, a strengthened multilateral trade system in the World Trade Organisation (WTO), increasing trade between Sweden and the world, greater foreign direct investment in Sweden.

The Goverment's Declaration on Trade