Swedish agency for growth policy analysis (Growth analysis) has in accordance with the Act on Official Statistics (SFS 2001:99) and the Appendix to the Ordinance on Statistics (SFS 2001:100) the task of producing and making statistics on international enterprises available. As a part of this work Growth analysis produces an annual report on the affiliates of Swedish controlled groups abroad. This report only presents data concerning groups which have at least one employee in an affiliate abroad, and the data applies to business operations in 2008.
In 2008 there were 1,439 Swedish controlled groups with affiliates abroad, an increase of 131 groups since 2007. The number of employees in these amounted to slightly more than 1.62 million, a decrease of 2 per cent over the preceding year. The number of employees abroad increased by slightly less than 8,000 to slightly more than 1.15 million, whilst the number in Sweden decreased by slightly more than 35,000 persons to 480,000 employees.
China and Finland were the countries where Swedish international groups increased most. The number of employees decreased in some countries, amongst others, USA and Brazil. The majority of employees in Swedish controlled affiliates abroad are in Europe and America.
Of the 1,439 Swedish groups with affiliates abroad in 2008, 469 groups (33 per cent) had affiliates in Norway. Between 19 and 25 per cent of the groups had affiliates in the other Scandinavian countries, the UK, Germany and the USA.
The groups studied accounted for 35 per cent of Sweden's total exports of goods and 19 per cent of imports of goods in 2008.
This report only covers Swedish controlled groups with at least one affiliate and one employee abroad. The data is based on the annual reports of the groups, and is available from the Swedish Companies Registration Office (Bolagsverket). A group is defined as Swedish controlled, if 50 per cent of the group head, at the top of the group structure, is controlled by Swedish institutional controlling units.
Serial number: Statistics 2010:05