Increase Sweden’s position in the global trade flows. Germany’s and the Netherland’s exports have almost been twice as high as Sweden’s.
Sweden’s strong economic growth since the financial crisis has been driven by domestic consumption and not export, which is unusual for the Swedish economy. Even if exports isn’t the main engine for growth, it is of great importance. Around 700,000 people are directly dependent on the export industry and 1.3 million more or less directly dependent. The current government will spend 795 million more than the Alliance spent on export support 2015-2019.

Swedish export must focus on emerging markets. Today 71% of Sweden’s exports go to the EU’s internal market, which it should do. But if we consider that around 50% of global growth will come from emerging markets and in Asia, then Sweden and Swedish companies have challenges ahead. It is therefore important to focus and ensure that we capture the coming opportunities.

5 challenges for Swedish exports:

  1. Swedish exports to emerging markets have to increase
    • Strong presence at strategic locations and emerging markets
    • Swedish companies have to compete for the largest contracts/deals
    • Better transition from aid to trade
    • Increased exchanges with international organizations provide business opportunities
    • Swedish companies should be better at taking part of United Nations procurements
  2. More small and medium enterprises (SME) must have the courage and willingness to export
    • In comparison with other nations, then Sweden is ranked in the middle when comparing number of micro and SMEs that export.
    • New collaboration between SEK (The Swedish Export Credit Corporation), EKN (The Export Credit Guarantee Board) and commercial banks to make it easier access for SMEs to get financing for export transactions.
  3. Swedish goods, services and systems needs to get even higher up the value chain
    • Increasing international competition from emerging economies.
    • Sweden is part of the global value chain and the Swedish company’s starting point is good, in terms of innovation.
    • Efforts to increase personnel mobility
    • It should be easy to import and export
    • International standardization is important to make trade easier
    • Increase foreign investment
    • Special focus on innovation and early internationalization of companies – Born Globals
  4. Sweden’s attractiveness for investments, competence and tourism must increase
    • Sweden has a good attractiveness as an investment destination, however less in the emerging markets.
    • The younger generation does not have the same connection to the country in general as the older generation. Younger generations often associated trademarks and other image-carrying attributes such as film, music, lifestyle etc. to countries rather than where aid money is coming from. This naturally has a major impact on the image of Sweden where aid has been a big part of our foreign operations historically.
  5. Global trade must remain open – Sweden is behind free and fair global trade.
    • Sweden gives priority to multilateral trade negotiations in the WTO
    • Structured mapping of tradebarriers
    • Sweden pursues an ambitious free trade agreement between the EU and the US
    • Simplify e-commerce and data flows, not east within the EU internal market
    • Government strengthens its ambitions for sustainable business

There are 22 strategic targets to promote exports. This will have a significant impact on Swedish growth and employment as well as strengthen our position on international markets.