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.
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.
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).
Sweden sees Germany as the country with which it shares the experience of accepting large numbers of refugees in 2015. Sweden is particularly interested in the early provision of integration measures to people with good prospects for remaining in the host country, but also in strategies that combine language and skills acquisition.
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”.