Confederation of Swedish Enterprise

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The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise (Swedish: Svenskt Näringsliv, literally Swedish Commerce) is a major interest organisation for business and industry in Sweden. It has 49 member associations representing 60 000 member companies with more than 1.5 million employees. The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise is a member federation of BUSINESSEUROPE.

The current organisation is the result of a merger between the Swedish Employers Association (Svenska Arbetsgivareföreningen, SAF) and the Swedish National Federation of Industry (Sveriges Industriförbund) that was completed in March 2001.

Together with other employers' associations, the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise cover about 80% of all private sector workers in Sweden (81% in 2012).[1] The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise alone covers 68% of private sector workers. Including the public sector the density of Swedish employers' associations, calculated in this way, was 87% in 2012.

Like its predecessors, the organisation is actively lobbying for pro-business interests. Tax cuts, especially the abolition of property and inheritance taxes, is a main priority. The organisation also promotes letting private enterprises take over the production of a larger part of services today mainly performed by the Swedish public sector, such as education and health services.

The organisation's 200 employees work in the Stockholm main office, 20 regional offices in Sweden and the EU Brussels office. The current CEO is former Bank of Sweden governor Urban Bäckström, while Spendrups former CEO and president Jens Spendrup serves as the chairman of the board.

The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise partly finances Timbro, a libertarian, free-market think tank, via Stiftelsen Fritt Näringsliv (The Swedish Free Enterprise Foundation).


  1. ^ Anders Kjellberg Kollektivavtalens täckningsgrad samt organisationsgraden hos arbetsgivarförbund och fackförbund, Department of Sociology, Lund University. Studies in Social Policy, Industrial Relations, Working Life and Mobility. Research Reports 2013:1, Appendix 3 (in English) Table D

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