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Join Sweden Summit 2022 is an international high-level conference with an ambitious mission: promoting strategic, direct foreign investments and expansions in Sweden.  

This exclusive Summit will bring together global decision makers from across the political, business, and industry divide.

The packed two-day programme will explore and demonstrate Sweden’s competitiveness and industry strength areas at both a macro and micro scale. Keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops, interactive content, and showcase presentations will be streamed digitally.

(Times presented in Central European Summer Time (CEST))

June 20


12:00  Welcome and opening executive session

12:20  The new Nordic battery value chain 

12:30  Shaping the sustainability of production systems 

12:45  Vision Zero: Safe and sustainable transport


13:00-13:30  Official opening

Summit officiated 
Opening remarks: HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden

Welcoming remarks
Magdalena Andersson, Prime Minister of Sweden

Special address
Mathias Cormann, Secretary-General, OECD

The world is on a trajectory of change but how countries navigate the accumulative challenges influencing economic growth will define the success of generations to come. Understanding the global macro-economic context is imperative for both Swedish companies and those investing in Sweden, so they can make informed strategic decisions to lead the green and digital transition. How can the OECD economic outlook provide a platform for understanding the Swedish business ecosystem as a global role model? 

Session 1: Join Sweden to grow world-leading companies

13:30-13:50 Creating the foundation for long-term growth with Sweden

Creating a world-class business environment that fosters long-term growth requires bold and brave decisions and investments from all stakeholders. While ambitious goals have been set, success will only be achieved if the long-term strategy supports cross- industry and cross-border partnerships. What policies and actions are being implemented by the Swedish government to support industry, research, and academic innovation and implementation?  


  • Anna Hallberg, Minister of Foreign Trade and Nordic Affairs
  • Karl-Petter Thorwaldsson, Minister for Business, Industry and Innovation

13:50-14:05 Innovation – the primary driver for competitiveness
Sweden has been able to maintain and exceed innovation expectations and stay relevant in the global market for over 150 years. That success is not by chance, it can be attributed to a commitment to collaboration and entrepreneurship. But how can large-scale international companies, investors, and a thriving start-up scene work together to create new value chains, redefine traditional industries and business models, and improve competitiveness? 


  • Leif Johansson, Chair, AstraZeneca
  • Robert Falck, CEO and Founder, Einride 
  • Joakim Lagerholm, Vice President - Nordics, Siemens Energy
  • Malin Berge, VP Strategic Growth and Global Head of Sustainability Innovation Lab, Mastercard

14:05-14:30 Teaming up for world-class research and development
Investment in education is seen as a key indicator for innovative research and development, and Sweden’s active research policy has led to world-leading advancements in areas including environmental technology, life sciences, and advanced technologies like AI. How can international companies and investors access and leverage the co-creating environments involving industry and academia to further accelerate development? 


  • Anna Ekström, Minister for Education and Research
  • Pia Sandvik, CEO, RISE
  • Ole-Petter Ottersen, President, Karolinska Institutet 
  • Anders Ynnerman, Director, Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program


14:30  Sweden as a place for growth and innovation 

14:45  AI – cutting-edge science and commercial possibilities 


15:00-15:20  Securing the workforce of tomorrow
To deliver and power the industrial, digital, and sustainable transformation, there needs to be a major investment in upskilling a sizeable workforce with appropriate technological and cognitive skills. These in demand skills are required to deliver both Swedish and global ambitions. What steps have Swedish industry and the government taken to build a workforce that is flexible, innovative, and productive? 


  • Rasmus Cruce Naeyé, State Secretary to Minister for Employment and Gender Equality, Minister for Employment
  • Marie Nilsson, Federal Chair, IF Metall
  • Klas Wåhlberg, Director General, Teknikföretagen 

Session 2: Join Sweden to lead the green transition

15:20-15:45 Developing green value chains through innovation and collaboration
No one country, company, or individual can deliver the solutions needed to build new green value chains; but collaboration and partnerships across country, business, and industry lines can bring the technical innovation needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across value chains. How are Swedish and international companies working together to take risks and disrupt traditional value chains?  


  • Khashayar Farmanbar, Minister for Energy and Digital Development
  • Baba N Kalyani, Chair and Managing Director, Bharat Forge
  • Peter Carlsson, CEO, Northvolt
  • Henrik Henriksson, CEO, H2 Green Steel


15:45 Opportunities around Sweden

16:00  Rethinking sustainable consumption

16:10 Joining Sweden


16:25-16:45 Green transition in practice – from materials to products
Sustainable ideas of yesterday are being turned into tomorrow’s realities; cross-industry collaborations have shifted the automotive industry, created green steel, and are reinventing agriculture technology. This disruption has been possible because of a shift in the entire value chain - from raw materials to end products. How can international companies in Sweden excel in the transformation to build and accelerate fossil fuel-free production methods? 


  • Ola Källenius, CEO, Mercedes
  • Andreas Regnell, Chair Hyrbit and SVP Strategic Development, Vattenfall
  • Niklas Johansson, Senior Vice President Communication and Climate, LKAB
  • Martin Lindqvist, CEO, SSAB
  • David Herrero, COO, Fertiberia

16:50 - 17:00 A changing global investment landscape
International investment flows have been dramatically impacted by the turmoil of the past few years, first with the pandemic and now with the war in Ukraine. The World Investment Report 2022 outlines the current global situation for foreign direct investment, international tax reforms, and sustainable investment. How has Sweden recovered and what challenges and opportunities are there for future short- and long-term global investment?

  • James Zhan, Director Division on Investment and Enterprise, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

17:00-17:10 Concluding remarks: Join Sweden to accelerate your competitiveness
Sweden is a nation open for business with ambitious goals that will only be achieved through global collaboration. Investing in, and with Sweden can deliver competitive advantages, but how is the state, industry, and business ecosystems supporting international companies to leverage the potential? 
Jan Larsson, President and CEO, Business Sweden


June 21

09:00 - 10:00 Investors' Academy 

Setting up your company 

Listen to three specialists who will discuss how to best set up your company in Sweden including work permits and bringing staff. Learn about available grants and incentives. 

13:00  Opening: Industry transforming 

13:10  Talent attraction for the future

13:20  Zero emission vehicles 

13:35  Digital care – anywhere and everywhere 

13:50  Digital innovation that thrives 

17:00 - 18:00 Investors' Academy

Setting up your company 

Listen to three specialists who will discuss how to best set up your company in Sweden including work permits and bringing staff. Learn about available grants and incentives.