Swedish-German relations are long-standing, close and friendly, as currently reflected by numerous intensive contacts at all levels. Bilateral relations are characterised by consensus and close cooperation on many international issues. In October 2019, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde agreed to deepen bilateral and multilateral cooperation further under the like-minded Initiative.
Sweden is a role model for Germany in the field of gender-equality and family policy in particular, but also when it comes to identifying digital solutions in the healthcare sector. In 2017, Germany and Sweden launched an innovation partnership with a focus on e‑health, transport, test-beds for Industrie 4.0 and digital transformation as it affects SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises).
Germany is one of Sweden’s major importers and trade partners.
Many German companies are based in Sweden, particularly in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö/Helsingborg. Most Swedish companies in Germany operate in the retail sector (IKEA, H&M), but the energy sector is also relevant (Vattenfall). For many Swedish companies, the German market is more important than the domestic market.
In addition to the Goethe-Institut, the German church communities and a number of German-Swedish associations currently play an important part in promoting German culture in Sweden. The German language is promoted by the German School in Stockholm and the initiative “Schools: Partners for the Future”.