Investment Opportunities in Sweden

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Protection of Foreign Investment

Bilateral Investment Conventions Signed By Sweden
To see the list of countries, click here.
To see the conventions, click here.
International Controversies Registered By UNCTAD
There have been no controversies registered by UNCTAD.
Organizations Offering Their Assistance in Case of Disagreement
ICCWBO , International court of arbitration, International chamber of commerce
ICSID , International Center for settlement of Investment Disputes
Member of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency
Sweden is a signatory to the MIGA Convention.

Country Comparison For the Protection of Investors

  Sweden OECD United States Germany
Index of Transaction Transparency* 8.0 6.0 7.0 5.0
Index of Manager’s Responsibility** 4.0 5.2 9.0 5.0
Index of Shareholders’ Power*** 7.0 6.8 9.0 5.0
Index of Investor Protection**** 6.3 6.0 8.3 5.0

Source: Doing Business

Note: *The Greater the Index, the More Transparent the Conditions of Transactions. **The Greater the Index, the More the Manager is Personally Responsible. *** The Greater the Index, the Easier it Will Be For Shareholders to Take Legal Action. **** The Greater the Index, the Higher the Level of Investor Protection.

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Procedures Relative to Foreign Investment

Freedom of Establishment
It takes two to three weeks once the Swedish Company Registration Bureau has received the written application.
Acquisition of Holdings
Taking a majority holding in the capital of a Swedish company is allowed. Click here.
Obligation to Declare
The investment promotion agency in the country gives information about the authorizations necessary for setting up.
Competent Organization For the Declaration
The Swedish Company Registration Bureau (Bolagsverket)
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Office Real Estate and Land Ownership

The Possibility of Buying Land and Industrial and Commercial Buildings
Very simple and taxes are not high.
Risk of Expropriation
Expropriation is possible for public aims; it is not discriminatory, and there is reasonable compensation in conformity with the established principles of international law.

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Investment Aid

Forms of Aid
Financing of investments, subsidies, loans, guarantees, few professional taxes, no with-holding tax on dividends, favorable regime for holding companies.
Privileged Domains
Sectors of construction, electricity and the wholesale foodstuff market.
Privileged Geographical Zones
Concerning regional incentives, subsidies are allocated according to the region where the company has set up. Sweden is divided into two zones (1 and 2). In zone 1, subsidies are capped at 35%, whereas in zone 2, they are capped at 20%.
Free Zones
The country is a zone with Customs duty exemption for holdings. For further information, click here.

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Investment Opportunities

The Key Sectors of the National Economy
Automobile, shops, cleaning, natural resources, packaging.
High Potential Sectors
Automobile, shops, cleaning, natural resources, packaging, life sciences.
Privatization Programs
Banking sector, telecommunications.
Tenders, Projects and Public Procurement
Tenders Info, Tenders in Sweden
Ted - Tenders Electronic daily, Business opportunities in EU 27
DgMarket, Tenders Worldwide

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Sectors Where Investment Opportunities Are Fewer

Monopolistic Sectors
Post, delivery
Sectors in Decline
Real estate.

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