Here you will find a collection of links to useful information for those wanting to invest, start businesses or activities in the Nordic Region. International studies confirm year on year that the Nordic countries offer companies the best conditions in which to invest and conduct business, which is due to a combination of several factors.
The Nordic countries have a strong tradition of research and innovation, and a well-developed traditional and digital infrastructure. The Nordic region offers a business-friendly environment with access to a dynamic market - the domestic, Nordic and European. Information exchange is characterized by accessibility, openness and transparency.
The Nordic region is also well advanced in green technology, which is predicted to become one of the key competitive factors in the global market in the future. In addition, efforts are being made to create sustainable development in the region - socially, economically as well as environmentally.
The official agencies for investments in the respective countries in the Nordic region are good places to start, whether you want to do business, invest capital or start a business.
Listed below are the authorities responsible for registering a business in the Nordic countries. On the authorities' respective websites you can, for example, register your business, search in the register and learn more about that authority's services and responsibilities.
You can search and get updates and information on 25 European countries in the European Business Register.
Below is a list of the responsible authorities for patent registration, trademark issues and intellectual property rights in the Nordic countries.
The Nordic Patent Institute is an intergovernmental organisation established by the governments of Denmark, Iceland and Norway for co-operation on intellectual property rights and patents. Nordic Patent has a database you can use to search for Nordic patents.
Hello Norden provides individuals and businesses with practical and timely information about living, working, studying and moving within the Nordic countries. You can also call to get answers to specific questions. The site is a free information service provided by the Nordic Council of Ministers.
Øresund Direct Business guides companies in the Øresund Region to information about setting up, recruiting and analysing the market/trade - in other words doing business - in the region. Primarily targeted at Swedish and Danish companies.
The Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) funds projects with a green profile focusing on sustainable development.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) funds projects in line with the EU's policy to promote sustainable development, develop small to medium sized enterprises, and create better and more secure energy resources.
The Swedish Industrial Development Fund links to a number of private equity players active in the Swedish and Nordic markets. You will also find links to organizations that give grants and other assistance to businesses.
Here is a list of links to official employment agencies in the Nordic countries, which in turn link to industry-specific players.
Nordisk eTax is an information service for individuals with answers to many questions about tax rules, contracts and insurance.
More information can be found on the respective tax offices in Sweden, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Greenland. Åland is under the jurisdiction of the Finnish tax authorities.
The Nordic countries offer many recurring events and fairs, where business people can meet, network, do business and exchange experiences. Fairlink is a portal for information on fairs and venues in the Nordic region.
The Nordic Exchange is the joint name of the company of OMX-driven stock exchanges in Stockholm, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Reykjavik, Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius, which was launched in 2006.
First North is an alternative market for small growth companies in the Nordic region and First North Baltic is an alternative market for small growth in the Baltics. Norway has its own stock exchange called the Oslo Børs.