Sweden in 2004

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Case Code : ECOA120
Case Length : 15 Pages
Period : 2004
Organization : -
Pub Date : 2004
Teaching Note :Not Available
Countries : Sweden
Industry : -

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Background Note

Early History

In the early decades of the 20th century, agriculture dominated the Swedish economy. Consolidation of farmlands forced many to emigrate, mainly to North America. More than one million out of a population of five million left the country in the late 19th and early 20th centuries...

Recent Developments

In the early 1990s, global recession hit Sweden especially hard. Between 1990 and 1993 GDP dropped by 5 percent, and the number of jobs fell by almost 10 percent...

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The Economy

Economic growth in Sweden slowed to an estimated 1.5% in 2003, down from 1.8% in 2002. The impact of the global economic downturn continued to weigh on capital spending and foreign demand. The Swedish economy was expected to remain fairly sluggish in 2004-05, due to the impact of a stronger krona, a tighter fiscal policy, and the weak state of the economies in the Euro Zone...


One of the most industrialized countries, Sweden was ranked relatively high in business rankings.

Its main strengths were a stable macroeconomic environment, a high degree of political stability, a welcoming environment for foreign investment and excellent infrastructure...

Foreign trade

Export earnings accounted for about 30 per cent of Sweden's GDP. Major exports included engineering products, (typically 48.8 per cent of total), forest products (18.2 per cent), minerals (10.1 per cent), chemicals (9.2 per cent), oil and petroleum products (2.9 per cent), foodstuffs (2.1 per cent) and textiles and footwear (2 per cent. Main destinations were the US (10.9 per cent of 2001 total), Germany (9.8 per cent), the UK (7.4 per cent), Norway (6 per cent) and Denmark (5.8 per cent)...

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