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FAQ

Starting a business in Sweden

How can I start a company in Sweden?

Setting up a business in Sweden is a straightforward process. Procedures are simple and efficient, based on a transparent system that seeks to facilitate the establishment of new enterprises. A foreign-based company wishing to establish a business in Sweden will most likely choose one of two main business structures:

  • A limited liability company (aktiebolag)
  • Branch (filial)

For more information please read our establishment guide on starting a business in Sweden.

Where can I find market information about Sweden?

Please contact our investment advisors for information about the Swedish market and opportunities for your company. For more information, visit:

The Swedish Chambers of Commerce

SCB, Statistics Sweden

Sweden.se

What are the key industries/emerging industries in Sweden?

The Swedish tradition of innovation and globalisation has long been important for our national growth and development. Foreign investors can benefit from Sweden in many ways. One way is to tap into the skills and technologies in our industry clusters and research institutions. Of special note are the cleantech, ICT, life sciences, automotive and materials science industries.
These are all areas where Swedish companies excel and compete at the highest international level. Sweden also has a well-developed consumer market and many international retail companies are very successful in Sweden.

For more information on Business Opportunities in Sweden, please see here

How can I find office or retail space in Sweden?

Swedish commercial leases tend to be standardised and for relatively short periods, providing flexibility to business tenants. The physical standard of premises is high and fee structures are generally cost-effective, while the regulatory system is business-friendly, with high transparency.

For more information, read our establishment guide on commercial leases and rent.

Work and employment in Sweden

How do I obtain a work visa in Sweden?

The rules for moving to Sweden for work vary depending on your country of citizenship. Common to all workers staying longer than six months is that you can bring your family.
As an EU citizen, you are entitled to work in Sweden without a permit. You also have the right to come to Sweden to look for a job. Your family has the right to join you in Sweden, as long as you have right of residence in Sweden.

Generally, citizens from countries outside the EU must apply for a work permit to work in Sweden. There are a few exceptions to the rule. Citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Korea aged 18–30 can also apply for a working holiday visa for up to one year.

For more information on work, residence and business visas, please read our establishment guide

How do collective agreements work in Sweden?

The collective agreement is a voluntary agreement between trade union organisations and employers. Collective agreements regulate the fundamental terms for individuals’ employment conditions concerning wage, pensions and benefits. About 90 % of the Swedish workforce is part of a collective agreement, and these provide clear rules for contracts, which is beneficial for both employees and the employed. 

For more information on collective agreements, please contact Investment Services

What is the minimum wage in Sweden?

There is no statutory minimum wage in Sweden. The contents of individual labour contracts is to a high degree established in the collective agreements (see FAQ on Collective agreements). The minimum wages in the collective agreements are based on work experience and age.

For more information on minimum wage, please contact Investment Services

Tax and incentives

What is the corporate tax rate in Sweden?

The corporate income tax in Sweden is competitive by international standards, at 22 percent. The effective rate can be even lower, as companies have the option of making deductible annual appropriations to a tax allocation reserve of up to 25 percent of their profits.

For more information, please read our establishment guide on corporate taxes in Sweden.

What investment incentives and funding are available in Sweden?

Sweden offers a limited range of financial incentives to help companies set up a business and expand in Sweden. This support is primarily regional in nature and comprises regional investment grants, support for establishment costs, regional transportation contributions, and special tax reliefs related to key staff and R&D personnel.

Please contact Investment Services and Cooperation Team for more information on opportunities. For information, please read Tax reliefs for key foreign employees

Are there any tax incentives?

There is a special tax regime applicable to individuals who qualify as experts or scientists.
For these individuals, companies can benefit from reduced employer social fees and the reduction amounts to 10% of the employee’s salary, within certain limits. The social fee reduction is maximised at SEK 230,000 per month.

For information on tax reliefs for key foreign employees please read or establishment guide on Tax reliefs for key foreign employees.

Does my country have a tax treaty with Sweden?

To avoid double taxation, Sweden has negotiated conventions, including double taxation treaty rates, with many countries around the world. For more information on the specific agreements please see the following link

How Business Sweden can support you

What support can you offer my company?

Business Swedens Invest division offers support in helping foreign companies invest in Sweden through establishing a company, capital investments, strategic alliances and research cooperations, among other methods. Please read more on the services we provide.

Can I get local support for my investment?

Yes, Business Sweden cooperates with the regional investment agencies, and together we identify business and investment opportunities for your company, thereby providing the best local and national knowledge. 

Can we get in touch with an Investment Advisor in our home market?

Business Sweden operates on a global scale with a wide range of international markets where we have our own branches and personnel. To see how you can contact a representative in your home market, please see here.

We operate in a wide range of industries and would want to receive
multiple investment offers that we can evaluate. Can you provide this?

Business Sweden’s investment promotion work is based on developing and leveraging certain industrial strength areas that Sweden excels in globally. To learn more about our industries and the opportunities they entail, and to get in contact with our Investment Advisors, please see here

What do you charge for your services?

As the official trade and promotion agency of Sweden, we operate on a state-financed governmental assignment, and as such our services are free of charge.

Our company is not a new investor as we have already invested in
Sweden, but we are contemplating expansions. Can you still help us?

Apart from assisting new companies entering Sweden, we also support foreign-owned companies that already have an operation in Sweden in domestic expansion projects.

I want to find customers/distributors in Sweden for my business,
can you support us in this?

Business Sweden’s Invest division offers support in helping foreign companies invest in Sweden through establishing a company, capital investments, strategic alliances and research cooperations, among other methods. Finding customers/distributors is not one of the services we provide. Please read more on the services we do provide here.

We do not have a specific investment interest at this time, but are there other ways that my company can still get in contact with you?

For various inward investment questions and issues, you are welcome to email invest@business-sweden.se. You can also join us on LinkedIn.