Published 30 June 2011

Foreign controlled enterprises in Sweden, 2010

More than 13 600 foreign controlled enterprises in Sweden.

Foreign control of enterprises decreased in Sweden with 9 enterprises in 2010. Despite the decrease there are still more than 13 600 foreign controlled enterprises in Sweden. The number of employees in the foreign controlled enterprises decreased with 35 260 persons, which was a decrease with 6 percent compared to last year’s investigation. In total, there was 13 627 foreign controlled enterprises with 590 304 employees in 2010.

Norwegian ownership increases

For the fifth year in a row Norway was the country that accounted for the largest increase of foreign controlled enterprises in Sweden. The increase of Norwegian ownership between 2009 and 2010 was 121 enterprises. The next largest increase had Germany with 35 enterprises. Norway is the country that controls the largest amount of enterprises in Sweden (2 219 enterprises), followed by and Denmark (1 456 enterprises) and United Kingdom (1 339 enterprises). The biggest controlling country with regard to the number of employees is USA with 71 324 employees. United Kingdom and Denmark follow next with 67 105 and 63 634 employees, respectively.

Foreign ownership is concentrated to the big city regions

Foreign ownership is continued to be concentrated to the big city regions. Out of the total number of foreign owned establishments in Sweden, 34 percent were located in Stockholm county, 17 per cent in Västra Götaland county and 14 percent in Skåne county. The largest increases occurred in Västra Götaland's and Skåne counties, the number increased with 148 and 34 establishments, respectively.

A few large enterprises provide most employment

Of the foreign controlled enterprises in 2010, 88 percent were small with fewer than 50 employees in Sweden. These enterprises, however, accounted only for 12 per cent of employees in foreign controlled enterprises. Large enterprises with 250 or more employees accounted for 3 per cent of all foreign controlled enterprises, but their share of employment was 66 per cent of all employees in foreign controlled enterprises. This has remained largely unchanged compared to previous years. The smaller foreign controlled enterprises had a larger proportion of their employees within the service sector compared to the large foreign controlled enterprises, which were more evenly distributed between manufacturing industry and the service sector.

Title
Foreign controlled enterprises in Sweden, 2010

Serial number
Statistics 2011:05

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