Women in Business in Sweden

Sweden is probably more advanced than most other countries in terms of gender equality in the workplace.

The number of men and women in paid employment is about equal and the spread through function and rank is also very equitable. (Is this another by-product of the much-vaunted egalitarianism of the Swedes?)

It is estimated that women currently hold around 25% – 35% of all management positions in Sweden – a much higher figure than in most other industrialised countries.

A brief overview of some key concepts to consider when doing business in Sweden

Written and Produced by Keith Warburton

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This country profile has been produced to give a short overview of some of the key concepts to bear in mind when doing business with contacts in Sweden. It is intended to be an aid to business people who have commercial dealings with counterparties in the country but should not be seen as an exhaustive guide to this topic or as a substitute for more substantial research should there be a need.

With this in mind, we have covered the areas which are key to a better understanding of the cultural mindset underpinning business dealings in Sweden and which are, quite often, extremely different from the approach and thought processes associated with business in other parts of the world.

Therefore this briefing note is broken into short, bite-sized sections on the following topics:

  • Background to business
  • Business Structures
  • Management style
  • Meetings
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Women in business
  • Entertaining
  • Top tips