Getting Started

  1. Contact the Embassy Commercial Section at: office.stockholm@trade.gov.
  2. Visit the export.gov page on Sweden to get an overview of economic conditions and opportunities. Read the Country Commercial Guide on Sweden. 
  3. Contact your local U.S. Export Assistance Center for advice and support on exporting to Sweden.
  4. Contact your local Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Starting a business can be a challenge, but there is help for you in your area. Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) are partnerships primarily between the government and colleges/universities administered by the Small Business Administration and aims at giving educational services for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.
  5. Contact business support organizations such as the American Chamber of Commerce in Swedenthe Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce or the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce-New York. 
  6. Make use of business matchmaking services.

Investing in Sweden

This section provides information for current and potential investors in Sweden.

Potential investors: Getting Started. 

If you are considering investment in Sweden, here are some steps you may wish to consider as you get started:

Current investors: Staying Connected.

If you are a current U.S. investor in Sweden, the U.S Embassy wants to stay in touch. Here are a few steps you can take to keep the channels of communication open:

    • Add us to your mailing lists – we are always happy to stay informed.
    • Subscribe to our embassy Facebook page or Twitter feed.
    • Set up a meeting with our economic or commercial sections to discuss any issues that arise.

Business Visas

For information on obtaining a visa to visit Sweden, visit the Swedish Migration Board website.

Travel Advisories

Make sure to check if there are any current State Department travel advisories for Sweden

FCPA

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is an important anti-corruption tool designed to discourage corrupt business practices in favor of free and fair markets. The FCPA prohibits promising, offering, giving or authorizing giving anything of value to a foreign government official where the purpose is to obtain or retain business. These prohibitions apply to U.S. persons, both individuals and companies, and companies that are listed on U.S. exchanges. The statute also requires companies publicly traded in the U.S. to keep accurate books and records and implement appropriate internal controls.

For more information, please see the FCPA website.

A party to a transaction seeking to know whether a proposed course of conduct would violate the FCPA can take advantage of the opinion procedure established by the statue. Within 30 days of receiving a description of a proposed course of conduct in writing, the Attorney General will provide the party with a written opinion on whether the proposed conduct would violate the FCPA. Not only do opinions provide the requesting party with a rebuttable presumption that the conduct does not violate the FCPA, but DOJ publishes past opinions which can provide guidance for other companies facing similar situations.