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Entrepreneurs in Sweden

IKEA, TetraPak, Spotify, Skype, and Minecraft is just a couple of the brands that are connected to Sweden, a relatively small country on the global scale. Why is it that several entrepreneurs have formed globally successful companies starting in Sweden? Education, research, innovation, government support, and access to investment are some of the factors that are behind the successes.
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Another great source of knowledge, inspiration, support and networking is the incubators closely connected to the leading Swedish universities, e.g.
  • Arctic Business – affiliated with Luleå University of Technology
  • Chalmers Ventures – affiliated with Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg
  • Create – affiliated with Mälardalen University
  • DRIVE – part of Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, specialized in life sciences
  • KTH Innovation - affiliated with KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm
  • Ideon Innovation – in the Ideon Science Park in Lund
  • LEAD – owned by Linköping University

You might recognise IKEA and Volvo as Swedish, but how about the rest on this alphabetical list?

1. Assa Abloy
A global leader in door opening solutions around the world. 

2. Electrolux
One of the top ten household appliance manufacturers in the world.

3. Ericsson
Ericsson is known worldwide for its mobile technology and networks.

4. Essity
Essity is one of the world’s leading health and hygiene companies.

5. H&M
Bringing Sweden’s quintessential minimalist yet chic style of fashion to the world is Hennes & Mauritz, more known as H&M.

Home furnishing giant IKEA, founded in 1943 by Ingvar Kamprad, has grown to nearly 460 stores in more than 50 countries. 

7. Skanska
Skanska is a global leader when it comes to building construction and project development around the world. 

8. Spotify
Started in 2006 by Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon, Spotify allows users to listen to and share millions of music tracks to their computers and mobile devices such as smartphones.

9. Vattenfall
With millions of customers around the world, Vattenfall is a leading energy company that has been supplying gas, heat and electricity to private homes and businesses for over 100 years. 

10. Volvo
As iconic as Swedish meatballs, Volvo remains the largest company in Sweden based on its annual turnover.

Source: https://sweden.se/work-business/business-in-sweden/10-companies-you-didnt-know-were-swedish