Ease of Doing Business in


Sweden Download Profile (1642.9KB, pdf)
Region OECD high income
Income Category High income
Population 9,798,871
GNI Per Capita (US$) 57,810
City covered Stockholm



DB 2017 Rank



DB 2017 DTF (% points)

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Topics DB 2017 Rank DB 2016 Rank info_outline Change in Rank DB 2017 DTF (% points) info_outline DB 2016 DTF (% points) info_outline Change in DTF (% points) info_outline
Overall 9 9
82.13 81.61 down
Starting a Business 15 12 down
94.64 94.61 up
Dealing with Construction Permits 25 23 down
78.85 78.75 up
Getting Electricity 6 8 up
96.20 93.08 up
Registering Property 10 11 up
90.11 88.86 up
Getting Credit 75 70 down
55.00 55.00
Protecting Minority Investors 19 15 down
71.67 71.67
Paying Taxes 28 30 up
85.28 85.28
Trading across Borders 18 18
98.04 98.04
Enforcing Contracts 22 22
72.04 72.04
Resolving Insolvency 19 19
79.44 78.75 up

Positive= Doing Business reform making it easier to do business.Negative= Change making it more difficult to do business.

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Price of electricity (US cents per kWh) 12.0
Name of utility Vattenfall
City Stockholm
Indicator Sweden OECD high income
Procedures (number) info_outline 3 4.8
Time (days) info_outline 52 76.2
Cost (% of income per capita) info_outline 32.3 62.5
Reliability of supply and transparency of tariff index (0-8) info_outline 8 7.5
  • Measure of efficiency
    No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs

    Submit application to Vattenfall and await estimate

    Agency: Vattenfall Distribution, Stockholm

    Applications for an electricity supply have to be submitted via a form called föranmälan, which is a standardized document for applications in Sweden. This form can be downloaded from Vattenfall's website and then the application can be submitted electronically, if the electrician is registered with Vattenfall.

    Although this is not a requirement, the customer is recommended to hire an electrician registered with Vattenfall and licensed with Elsäkerhetsverket (the governmental body that handles regulations and maintains standards regarding electrical installations).

    10 calendar days SEK 0

    Obtain external works from Vattenfall

    Agency: Vattenfall Distribution, Stockholm

    The external connection works are carried out by Vattenfall, who provides the materials, performs all tasks and applies for all permits regarding the connection up until the connection point. Inside the land plot however, the client and his/her electrician have to dig a trench for the electrical cable and place approved the protective pipes in the trench.

    28 calendar days SEK 0

    Submit electrician's certificate to Vattenfall and await meter installation and final connection

    Agency: Vattenfall Distribution, Stockholm

    Once the external connection works are completed, the electrician/customer submits a certificate (färdiganmälan), a document in which he/she guarantees that the internal wiring installation is done according to the standards. Normally no internal wiring inspection is carried out before the qualified electrician submits his/her färdiganmälan. The contractor can, however, hire an outside agency to carry out such an inspection if he/she prefers.

    The meter is installed once the external works are done and the electrician/customer has submitted the färdiganmälan.

    14 calendar days SEK 140,000

  • Measure of quality
    Reliability of supply and transparency of tariff index (0-8)
    Total duration and frequency of outages per customer a year (0-3)
    System average interruption duration index (SAIDI) 0.72
    System average interruption frequency index (SAIFI) 0.51
    Mechanisms for monitoring outages (0-1)
    Does the distribution utility use automated tools to monitor outages? Yes
    Mechanisms for restoring service (0-1)
    Does the distribution utility use automated tools to restore service? Yes
    Regulatory monitoring (0-1)
    Does a regulator—that is, an entity separate from the utility—monitor the utility’s performance on reliability of supply? Yes
    Financial deterrents aimed at limiting outages (0-1)
    Does the utility either pay compensation to customers or face fines by the regulator (or both) if outages exceed a certain cap? Yes
    Communication of tariffs and tariff changes (0-1)
    Are effective tariffs available online? Yes
    Link to the website, if available online http://www.el.se/
    Are customers notified of a change in tariff ahead of the billing cycle? Yes
    Price of electricity (US cents per kWh) 12.0


    If the duration and frequency of outages is 100 or less, the economy is eligible to score on the Reliability of supply and transparency of tariff index.

    If the duration and frequency of outages is not available, or is over 100, the economy is not eligible to score on the index.