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Stockholm has a strong, stable economy with a steady rise in tourism and is one of the ten fastest growing destinations in Europe. Stockholm is the centre of Scandinavia and has the most corporate main offices compared to its neighbouring countries.

Stockholm is located on the east coast of Sweden. It is in the north but at the same time equidistant from the growing economies of Asia, the Middle East and North America. The geographic location of the city means that it is not just well situated relative to other countries but that it also has four seasons – each quite different but wonderful in its way. 


The county of Stockholm has one of the highest gross regional products (GRP) per capita in Europe. Of the 272 regions in Europe, the county of Stockholm is in eighth place. Stockholm’s GRP per capita is 73 per cent higher than the EU average.

In the county of Stockholm, real estate, retail trade and manufacturing are the industries that contribute most to the county’s GRP. After that come financial services, corporate services and health care. 

Business activity

Stockholm is a centre for new enterprises, with over 21,000 companies starting up there each year. A little more than 20 per cent of all companies in Sweden, or just over 285,000, are located in Stockholm. They employ almost 1,100,000 people.

Most employees in the county are employed in the private sector in medium-sized or large companies (with over 200 employees). That involves a total of over 500,000 people.


Stockholm is the capital of Sweden, with 700 years of history, attracting visitors from around the globe. The number of bed nights have increased with close to 60 per cent during the last 10 years.

Stockholm is at the center of the tourism industry in Sweden with close to 11 million overnight stays in commercial establishments. Three out of ten foreign visitors choose to locate their nights here.

Stockholm is ranked number 22 of the 44 biggest cities in the world in terms of the numbers of congress delegates attending association meetings. One reason is that Stockholm has excellent capacity for meetings and conventions. It is home to Stockholmsmässan, northern Europe’s largest convention facility, the Stockholm City Conference Centre, Kistamässan, the Brewery and Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre with its spectacular architecture in the heart of Stockholm.

Swedavia’s airports in the Stockholm region 2015

Stockholm Arlanda Airport

  • The leading Airport in Scandinavia 
  • 23,2 million passengers (with 18.1 million of these international) 
  • 81 airlines and some 181 destinations 
  • About 17,500 employees at and in the vicinity of the airport

Bromma Stockholm Airport

  • Stockholm’s city airport 
  • 2.5 million passengers (298,000 of which were international)
  • About 1,500 employees in some 30 companies