Confederation of Swedish Enterprise

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Confederation of Swedish Enterprise
Svenskt Näringsliv
Formation 2001
Legal status Political organization
Purpose Employers' organization
Jens Spendrup
Carola Lemne
Affiliations BusinessEurope

The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise or Swedish Enterprise (Swedish: Svenskt Näringsliv) is a major employers' organization for private sector and business sector companies in Sweden. It has 49 member associations representing 60,000 member companies with more than 1.6 million employees.[2]


The current organisation is the result of a merger between the Swedish Employers Association (Swedish: Svenska Arbetsgivareföreningen, abbreviated SAF) and the Swedish National Federation of Industry (Swedish: Sveriges Industriförbund) that was completed in March 2001.[2]


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.[citation needed]

The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise finances Timbro — a libertarian, free-market think tank — via the Swedish Free Enterprise Foundation (Swedish: Stiftelsen Fritt Näringsliv).[3]


The current Director-General is the CEO of Praktikertjänst, Carola Lemne, while the former CEO of Spendrups, Jens Spendrup, serves as the President.[1] Approximately 200 employees work in the Stockholm main office, the 22 regional offices in Sweden and the EU Brussels office.[4] The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise is a member federation of BusinessEurope, representing 41 member federations from 34 European nations.[5] The organization alone covers 70 per cent of private sector workers in Sweden. Together with other employers' associations, the organization cover about 82 per cent of all private sector workers.[6]


Director-Generals: Presidents:

List of member organisations[edit]

The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise's members are employers' associations, trade associations or other groups of companies. Individual companies are members of the member organizations and thereby members of the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Carola Lemne new Director General". Confederation of Swedish Enterprise. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "About us". Confederation of Swedish Enterprise. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "The Swedish Free Enterprise Foundation". Swedish Free Enterprise Foundation. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Årsredovisning 2012" (PDF) (in Swedish). Confederation of Swedish Enterprise. p. 18. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "BUSINESSEUROPE". Confederation of Swedish Enterprise. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  6. ^ 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 2017:1, Appendix 3 Table E (in English)
  7. ^ "Medlemsorganisationer" (in Swedish). Confederation of Swedish Enterprise. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 

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