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Have you ever realized that there are many successful Swedish companies all over the world? Volvo, Scania, Ericsson, Ikea, H&M, Metro (the free newspaper, they even have in Brazil!), AstraZeneca, Eletrolux, Tetrapak, Saab and MySQL are originated from Swedes.
It is very impressive to know that Sweden has only 9 million of people, but it does have a huge influence in the world through its companies. As a comparison, I live in Brazil and my country has almost 190 million of people (that's over 20 times the population of Sweden) and we do not have, at least for now, as much famous companies as in Sweden.
I saw from the TOP Global 2000 companies from Forbes
, and as you can see, Brazil has roughly 34 companies in the TOP 2000 and Sweden has 29; however, if you calculate the number of TOP 2000 companies per capita (divide the number of the country's top companies vs. the number of population), Sweden will be in a much better situation than in Brazil.
Then, I ask you, why are there so many Swedish companies so successful? Is it because Swedish companies have to think globally to reach more customers because of its small internal market? Or is it something related with its education, culture and business environment?
One last final question is: how does this relate to the startup/venture capital landscape in Sweden? Does Sweden have a strong and favorable environment for startups and venture capital?
Thank you so much for reading!