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Southern Sweden International

January 2019 marked the start of the EU-financed project, Southern Sweden International. The project’s objective is to create a more international business climate in southern Sweden by facilitating export and trade opportunities for local companies, as well as, foreign direct investment.

Through the project, carried out by Invest in Skåne, Region Blekinge, and Almi Blekinge, more than 80 small and medium sized companies from southern Sweden have received the opportunity to participate in professional development courses with a focus on how international export and trade can help develop their businesses. The companies have also received assistance in identifying international partners, such as distributors and suppliers.

”Companies in southern Sweden will be able to grow and develop internationally through the opportunities this project affords. We will also be working towards attracting international investment to southern Sweden’s key sectors, such as, health tech, IT, marine technologies, and more,” says Catharina Rosenquist, Business Development Strategist and Co-Project Manager, Region Blekinge

In addition to investment and trade promotion, the project is also contributing to create methods and processes for sustained partnership between public entities in the regions of Skåne and Blekinge, something that Jeton Jasharaj, Project Manager, Invest in Skåne, believes is integral to creating lasting effects that will stimulate the economy in both regions.

“The goal of the project is to contribute to regional economic development in the whole of southern Sweden, through business development and investment advisory, but also through formalised and long term collaboration between organisations who support business development” says Jeton Jasharaj, Project Manager and Director of Trade at Invest in Skåne.

Matchmaking at SIAL
Maria Ekeberg, International Key Account Manager, Saturnus meets Chinese distributors at SIAL China, Asia's largest food innovation exhibition in May 2019.


The project is co-financed by the European Union Regional Development Fund and Region Skåne and runs until 2023. The budget of the project is approximately 30M SEK. Since the project started in 2019, more than 80 companies in Skåne and Blekinge have received support from the project worth 2 561 000 SEK. 

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Page updated 24 Mar 2022, at 13:37