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Swedish business culture advice from random Swede

”You will soon be connected to a random Swede, somewhere in Sweden.” 250 years ago Sweden was the first country to abolish censorship. Now Sweden is the first country with its own phone number. Call the Swedish number on +46 771 793 336 and a random Swede will pick up the phone. Why not call the Swedish number when you need some Swedish business culture advice for your next business meeting?

A bit of Swedish business culture

Swedes are very punctual and direct, laid back but yet efficient, Swedes take business seriously. You should never be late. If you must be late for some reason it is polite to phone and let the other person know. Being late is seen as poor etiquette. You may think twice before ordering a glass of wine at your next business lunch. When you are doing business in Sweden you can expect to address a person by his or her first name. Don’t forget handshake is the accepted form of greeting.

Interested to invest in Sweden?

Contact Scandicorp direct on +46 8 122 041 45 or send an e-mail to our Nordic Business Development Director Till Sahlgren: till.sahlgren@scandicorp.com. He is English, Swedish and Finnish speaking.

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Suomalais-ruotsalaisen kauppakamarin

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Scandicorp on nykyään Suomalais-ruotsalaisen kauppakamarin (FINSVE) jäsen. Kauppakamari auttaa erityisesti pieniä ja keskisuuria suomalaisia yrityksiä aloittamaan liiketoimintaansa Ruotsin markkinoilla. Scandicorp on vakuuttunut siitä että moni suomalainen yritys hyötyisi suuresti etabloitumisesta naapurimahan Ruotsiin. Scandicorp autaa mielellään yrityksen perustamisessa sekä auttaa talous- ja muun hallinnon asioissa. Autamme myös ruotsalaisia perustamaan yrityksiä Suomeen. Lisää palveluitamme www.scandicorp.com/fi/services/

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A lesson in Swedish

An Englishman named Colin Moon stated some of the most common polite phrases in Swedish. Read and learn.

The Swede is a person of few words.

Eng: Excuse me, I didn’t quite catch what you were saying.
Swe: Va? (vah?)
Literal translation: What?

Eng: Sorry for bumping into you like that. So terribly clumsy of me.
Swe: Oj! (oi!)
Literal translation: Oh!

Eng: It’s you! How lovely to see you!
Swe: Nej, men! (nay men)
Literal translation: No, but!

Eng: How are things with you?
Swe: Annars? (an ass)
Literal translation: Otherwise?

Eng: Excuse me, may I disturb you for a second?
Swe: Du
Literal translation: You

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High Nordic rankings in ease of doing business

The Nordic countries ranked high in the world for doing business by the World Bank’s annual Doing Business 2016 report.

Surveying a total of 189 countries, the list is widely considered the most authoritative in the world.

The index takes into account regulations that affect facilitating the smooth flow of business. A total of 10 different areas were assessed, included everything from starting a business, to dealing with construction permits, getting credit, paying taxes, trading across borders and enforcing contracts.

Denmark ranked third, Sweden, Norway and Finland as eight, ninth and tenth. repectively

Singapore once again topped the list this year, followed by New Zealand.

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