Some helpful links
Are you planning
to establish a
business in Sweden?
It is not that complicated to start up or to operate a business in Sweden. Here we have, in order to hopefully make it even easier for you, gathered a few useful and informative links to websites of interest for those who want to start up or establish their operations in Sweden.
If you and your company need more help or legal advice, please do not hesitate to contact us. Let us wander along by your side and guide you a bit down the road to a simpler business life.
Verksamt.se is a collaboration website among several Swedish government agencies, for those who are considering to start up, are starting up, are already running or want to develop or will close a company in Sweden.
Swedish Companies Registration Office examines, registers and informs companies and associations to ensure easy entrepreneurial activities and legal security for the trade and the business industry. Their objective is to make a business start-up quick, easy and correct and they coordinates and develops efficient services for enterprises and entrepreneurial activities.
Sweden’s Chambers of commerce consist of eleven regional Chambers of commerce located around the country that work to create a business-friendly environment. They primarily promote infrastructure projects and more interaction between the state and private enterprise. Other issues concerned are: energy policies, the supply of talent and raising the level of service provided to corporations by municipalities. The website also link to about 30 foreign Chambers of Commerce located in Sweden, giving foreign companies support in establishing a presence in Sweden and act as important meeting points.
The Swedish Patent and Registration Office, PRV, is the authority for intellectual property. They help individuals, businesses and other organizations with patent, design and trademark protection as well as copyright issues.
The Swedish Tax Agency manages civil registration of private individuals and collects taxes such as personal income tax, corporate tax, VAT and excise tax.
Swedish Competition Authority is a state authority working to safeguard and increase efficient competition in the private and public sectors for the benefit of the consumers as well as to supervise public procurement in Sweden.
The Swedish Data Protection Authority is a public authority with the task to protect the individual’s privacy in the information society.
The Internet Foundation in Sweden, IIS, is an independent organization for the benefit of the public that promotes the positive development of the Internet in Sweden. They are responsible for the Internet’s Swedish top-level domain .se, including the registration of domain names, and the administration and technical maintenance of the national domain name registry.
The Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority has the role to promote stability and efficiency in the financial system as well as to ensure an effective consumer protection. They authorise, supervise and monitor all companies operating in Swedish financial markets.
Swedish Consumer Agency is a government agency whose task is to safeguard consumer interests och rights. The Agency can represent consumer interests in relations with businesses and pursue legal action in court.
The National Board for Consumer Disputes, ARN, is a public authority that functions roughly like a court. Their main task is to impartially try disputes between consumers and business operators for claims filed by consumers. They submit recommendations on how disputes should be resolved, for example that the business operator shall repair the product. ARN’s recommendations are not legally binding, but the majority of companies in Sweden follow them.
The Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce
(Stockholms Handelskammares Skiljedomsinstitut)
The Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, SCC, has developed into one of the world’s leading forums for dispute resolution. They act as one of the most frequently used arbitration institutions worldwide, providing efficient dispute resolution services for both domestic and international parties.
The Swedish Enforcement Authority is a government agency handling debt collection, distraint and evictions in Sweden. Their purpose is to ensure that businesses and individuals do the right thing economically. The Enforcement Authority ensures this as they, by the request of a valid creditor, can undertake attachments and impound property of the debtor.
The Riksdag is the Swedish Parliament, and hence the highest decision-making assembly in Sweden. The tasks of the Riksdag include the establishment of laws and determining the state budget. The Riksdag also reviews the work of the Government.
The Government governs Sweden and is the driving force in the process of legislative change, thereby influencing the development of the Swedish society.