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19 February, 2021updated 30 Oct 2021 05:07

Investing in Sweden: what you need to know

All of the key data and information needed when considering investing in Sweden.

By Carmen

As of 2021, Sweden has a population of 10.5 million, making it the 88th largest country in the world by this measure. There are 50.4% males and 49.6% females.

There are 5 million people employed in Sweden, with an unemployment rate of 7.8% – 350,700 people.


Sweden is the 23rd largest economy in the world with a GDP of $592.3bn. Sweden’s GDP has grown by 16% between 2010 and 2021 and is expected to grow by 14% by 2025.

As of 2021 there are 427,000 students in tertiary education in Sweden, with 981,600 students in secondary and 986,400 in primary education. Sweden spent 7.7% of its GDP on education in 2019.

Sweden ranked 10th in the World Bank’s Doing Business Report (2020). In the 2019 report it finished 12th. In the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report (2019), Sweden finished 8th, after ranking 8th in 2018.

Public healthcare expenditure totalled $51.0bn and private healthcare expenditure equalled $9.8bn in 2018.

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The largest urban areas in Sweden are Stockholm (2.4 million people), Gothenburg (1.7 million) and Malmo (1.4 million).

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