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Starting a small business

Are the regulations around start-ups prohibitive?

post 5.Nov.2009, 11:09 PM
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Joined: 5.Nov.2009

Hi there.

I'd like to find out more about the rules & regulations around starting a small business in Sweden.

Where I currently live (in Australia) it's very easy and anyone can start a business and the government has a lot of different schemes to support you as you are just starting out. There isn't a lot to it either, so you don't have to jump too many bureaucratic hurdles to do it.

I've heard that Sweden doesn't support small business very well, but would like to investigate further before being deterred completely.

If you could point me in the direction of some websites that could help me learn more, that would be great - or even share your experience of starting a small business, it would be much appreciated.

I have a Swedish citizenship btw.

Many thanks,
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Donato Tagliano
post 6.Nov.2009, 12:14 AM
Post #2
Location: Gothenburg
Joined: 22.Jan.2008

Starting a business in Sweden is very easy.

For starters here are links: http://www.tillvaxtverket.se/english

What do you mean by support?
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post 6.Nov.2009, 01:16 AM
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Joined: 16.Jan.2008

QUOTE (BluesySueJunkett @ 5.Nov.2009, 11:09 PM) *
Hi there. I'd like to find out more about the rules & regulations around starting a small business in Sweden. Where I currently live (in Australia) it's very easy ... (show full quote)

Different types of business structures http://www.bolagsverket.se/in_english/

Same site to be used for registration of new business. Online registration is in Swedish Only.
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post 8.Nov.2009, 12:19 PM
Post #4
Joined: 5.Nov.2009

Thanks Donato & Furu for your responses - much appreciated.

BTW Donat, by 'support' I mean there are different support schemes for start ups in Australia that offer help for you with finance, mentoring, marketing, networking, etc amongst other things, but I think I'll probably find out if such things exist on the websites you've suggested.

Cheers ~
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Rick Methven
post 8.Nov.2009, 04:37 PM
Post #5
Location: Linköping
Joined: 30.Nov.2005

Most Kommun's have help, support and info for small business start-ups.

Just ask in the town where you want to start your company. They will most probably contact you once you have registered with bolagverket. All sorts of organisations contacted me when I registered my company
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post 8.Nov.2009, 07:41 PM
Post #6
Joined: 8.Nov.2009

Its easy to start a business, just be prepared to pay a shit load of tax. Approx 30% income tax then 32% social contribution tax.

You can get assistace through places like Almi.sei, but my experience of them was they all they wanted to do was get me to take a high interest micro loan. No thanks!
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post 8.Nov.2009, 11:07 PM
Post #7
Joined: 16.Jan.2008

QUOTE (BluesySueJunkett @ 8.Nov.2009, 12:19 PM) *
Thanks Donato & Furu for your responses - much appreciated. BTW Donat, by 'support' I mean there are different support schemes for start ups in Australia that offe ... (show full quote)

Contact ISA www.isa.se and maybe they can guide you to some agency.
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Transervice Sweden
post 15.Jul.2010, 11:14 PM
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Joined: 15.Jul.2010

I suggest this company

is a Swedish Company for Education, Business and Migration-related Consultation and Services.

We believe education opens doors for business. We share a passion for International Education, International Business and Entrepreneurship, a commitment to results, and an overriding dedication to our clients which consistently defines our work environment. "We succeed when our clients succeed" !

We help young entrepreneurs whether inside or outside Sweden to establish themselves and create a bright future based upon education. Financial capital is not enough to make a successful business. Knowledge capital is rather important. Real international entrepreneurship is based on the principle "How to Make a Lot with Less" That's why TranService was established with an innovative scope of start your own small business based on your education. We offer separate services and tailored solutions for everyone who wants to either study or start a business in Sweden. Additionally, we offer consultation, training, and services for existing companies to grow on a solid foundation.

Regards, and good luck
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post 26.Jul.2010, 01:59 PM
Post #9
Joined: 5.Nov.2009

Thanks everyone! That's a lot of very useful information. Hope you're having a lovely summer. All the best.
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post 25.Jul.2011, 10:51 AM
Post #10
Joined: 25.Jul.2011

I think you may interest in establishing a HongKong company. As we all know HK is knowed as a "tax heaven", it'll be more advantageous to your business if you establish a HK company but actually operating in Sweden. And we are Rounder Int'l Business Limited. is a company providing professional services for HK and many other overseas company formatin. We are glad if you would like to get more information about us through our website http://www.ribchk.com

Rounder Int'l Business Limited

Phone: +86 755- 8257 5292

Fax : +86 755- 8257 5269


Address: Unit 806, 8/F Block 2, China Phoenix Building,

2008 Shennan, Futian, Shenzhen.

Website: http://www.ribchk.com
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post 27.Jul.2011, 09:05 PM
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Joined: 9.Jan.2010

Funny how the transervice website, specialising in translation(amongst other things), is really badly worded and clearly put together by people who have never worked in an English speaking country! Perhaps they would like to hire me, to proof read their website and improve the grammer for them? I can give their staff some training too! wink.gif
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post 4.Apr.2012, 06:53 AM
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Joined: 14.Feb.2012

Well I agree but fundamental to being a linguistic smart arse is the ability to spell 'grammar' correctly.
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