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Latest business news about Sweden and the European Union.

Commissioner criticises Italy for lax refugee processing 03 July 2014, 15:41 CET
Italy is falling short in its duty to properly register would-be refugees, many of whom end up using the country as a transit point for other EU states, a European commissioner said on Thursday.

Sweden PM prepared to support Juncker as Commission head 25 June 2014, 17:35 CET
Jean-Claude Juncker's candidacy for the EU Commission presidency was given a boost on Wednesday as Sweden announced it could back his bid.

Cameron and Reinfeldt unite against Juncker Commission candidacy 10 June 2014, 11:33 CET
British Prime Minister David Cameron received strong backing from his Swedish and Dutch counterparts on Monday for his rejection of Jean-Claude Juncker for the presidency of the European Commission, ahead of a meeting in Sweden.

Sweden adds to scepticism around Juncker for EU Commission 09 June 2014, 15:13 CET
Sweden on Monday stepped up to join Britain in opposing the candidacy of Jean-Claude Juncker for the presidency of the European Commission, backing a push by some reform-minded EU states for an alternative candidate.

2014 European elections results - Sweden 29 May 2014, 10:27 CET
Results of the 2014 European elections - Sweden

Scandinavian anti-immigrant parties face mixed fortunes 23 May 2014, 17:27 CET
Denmark's anti-immigrant party is expected to become the country's largest in Sunday's EU election while their Swedish peers lag behind, highlighting different political and economic landscapes in the two countries.

Sweden to sue EU for delay on hormone disrupting chemicals 23 May 2014, 08:54 CET
Sweden on Thursday said it would sue the European Commission over a delay in identifying harmful chemicals in everyday products, which it blamed on chemical industry lobbying.

Auschwitz commandant grandson combats Europe's neo-Nazis 16 May 2014, 11:38 CET
Rainer Hoess was 12 years old when he learned he was the grandson of a man who oversaw the murder of a million people as commandant of the Nazideath camp at Auschwitz.

Sweden: country overview 29 May 2014, 10:29 CET
Sweden joined the EU in 1995, but the public rejected the introduction of the euro in a 2003 referendum. Sweden's long-successful economic formula of a capitalist system intermixed with substantial welfare elements was challenged in the 1990s by high unemployment and in 2000-02 and 2009 by the global economic downturns, but fiscal discipline over the past several years has allowed the country to weather economic vagaries.

Sweden country profile 29 May 2012, 18:06 CET
Aided by peace and neutrality for the whole of the 20th century, Sweden has achieved an enviable standard of living under a mixed system of high-tech capitalism and extensive welfare benefits. It has a modern distribution system, excellent internal and external communications, and a highly skilled labor force. In September 2003, Swedish voters turned down entry into the euro system concerned about the impact on the economy and sovereignty. Timber, hydropower, and iron ore constitute the resource base of an economy heavily oriented toward foreign trade. Privately owned firms account for vast majority of industrial output, of which the engineering sector accounts for about 50% of output and exports. Agriculture accounts for little more than 1% of GDP and of employment. Until 2008, Sweden was in the midst of a sustained economic upswing, boosted by increased domestic demand and strong exports. This and robust finances offered the center-right government considerable scope to implement its reform program aimed at increasing employment, reducing welfare dependence, and streamlining the state's role in the economy. Despite strong finances and underlying fundamentals, the Swedish economy slid into recession in the third quarter of 2008 and growth continued downward in 2009 as deteriorating global conditions reduced export demand and consumption. Strong exports of commodities and a return to profitability by Sweden's banking sector drove the strong rebound in 2010, which continued in 2011, and the government is proposing stimulus measures in the 2012 budget to curb the effects of a global economic slowdown and boost employment and growth.

EU approves Swedish scheme supporting newspapers 20 July 2010, 23:05 CET
The European Commission has concluded that a changed regime to support newspapers in Sweden is now in line under EU state aid rules.

EU clears Swedish restructuring aid for Carnegie Investment Bank 12 May 2010, 22:43 CET
The European Commission has granted final clearance under the EU state aid rules to the Swedish aid for the restructuring of Carnegie Investment Bank.

Sweden told to comply with EU cosmetics rules 05 May 2010, 22:52 CET
The European Commission has taken further steps against Sweden for infringing EU law on cosmetic products by introducing excessive requirements in the notification of such products.

Commission increases electricity trading capacity on the Swedish borders 15 April 2010, 00:18 CET
The European Commission has adopted a decision rendering legally binding commitments offered by Svenska Kraftnät (SvK) that will increase trade in electricity within Sweden and between Sweden and neighbouring countries.

Mannheimer Swartling 15 December 2009, 17:07 CET
Based in Sweden, Mannheimer Swartling has developed into a leading business law firm in the Nordic region.

Representation of the European Commission in Sweden 14 November 2009, 23:57 CET
Contacts of the European Commission representation in Sweden.

Sweden Investment Climate 2009 14 November 2009, 23:57 CET
Sweden is generally considered to be an attractive country in which to invest. There are few countries that can match Sweden's potential to benefit from the intensifying, technology-driven global competition. Sweden already hosts one of the most internationally integrated economies in the world.

Setting up a business in Sweden 28 July 2012, 12:06 CET
An overview of the process of starting a new business in Sweden.

Access to finance 28 July 2012, 12:18 CET
An overview of the sources of funding available to SMEs in Sweden.

Work programme for the Swedish Presidency of the EU 29 June 2009, 15:17 CET
Sweden takes over the Presidency of the EU on 1 July. Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt presented on 23 June the work programme for Sweden's six months in the EU driving seat. It is firstly a question of leading the EU through the financial and economic crisis, dealing with unemployment in Europe and continuing the work to tackle climate change.

Sweden and the euro 04 February 2008, 01:02 CET
Sweden joined the European Union in 1995 and has not yet adopted the euro, but in accordance with the Treaty it will do so once it meets the necessary conditions.

Find an office in Sweden 31 August 2006, 23:41 CET
Instant Offices Sweden

Sweden country profile 05 January 2010, 00:09 CET
Sweden has the largest population of the Nordic countries. The Kingdom of Sweden has been a member of the European Union since 1995.

Trade in Sweden 04 August 2006, 12:16 CET
General information about business and trade in Sweden.

Invest in Sweden 04 August 2006, 12:14 CET
The Invest in Sweden Agency assists and informs foreign investors about business opportunities in Sweden. Companies planning to establish or expand business operations in Sweden can, free of charge, obtain information and assistance from ISA.