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Ecommerce in Sweden

Information about ecommerce in SwedenMaybe you wouldn’t say so, but Sweden is the third-largest country in the European Union by area. The country joined the European Union in 1995, but it has never used the euro. The Swedish people rejected the introduction of this coin in a 2003 referendum. Sweden has the eight-highest per capita income in the world and the country always ranks well on several lists about happiness, human development and democracy. Ecommerce in Sweden is widespread, thanks to a mail order tradition and strong retail brands.

COUNTRY
SWEDEN
Population 9.6 million people
– % internet users 94%
Online sales €6.7 billion (2017)
Online stores worth mentioning: IKEA, H&M, Nelly

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Ecommerce events in France

Every year there are several ecommerce events being organized in Sweden. We have a handy ecommerce events calendar, where you can find all the major online retail events in Europe. But you can also check out only the ecommerce events in Sweden.

Ecommerce customers in Sweden

According to data collected in 2013, Sweden has about 8.7 million internet users, which account for 94% of the total population. Almost three in four Swedish households with access to the internet have ordered something online in the last twelve months. Almost three in ten Swedes order something online at least once a month. Although ecommerce is widely distributed troughout the country, the most active ecommerce customers can be found in inland municipalities in the north of Sweden.

Swedish people used to like to pay their online-ordered goods via invoice. Four in ten Swedes preferred this method, according to research from 2010. The second most popular online payment method in Sweden was direct payment via personal bank, closely followed by paying with credit card. But a new survey (although commissioned by a global payments company) shows that 54 percent of Swedes prefer to pay online using their cards.

The ecommerce market in Sweden

Swedish consumers spent about €5.2 billion on products purchased online in 2015. For 2016, an increase of 16 percent was forecasted, which would mean ecommerce in Sweden will be worth 6.2 billion euros that year. But these are other numbers than the ones gathered by online payment provider Dibs. In September 2017, it released data that shows ecommerce in Sweden was worth 100.5 billion kronor (10.5 billion euros) in 2016 and is set to be worth 109.5 billion kronor (almost 11.5 billion euros) in 2017. PostNord Sweden shared a report, which shows that ecommerce in Sweden was worth 6.7 billion euros in 2017.

The most popular product categories in Swedish ecommerce are consumer electronics, books, clothing and footwear. Home furniture is also very popular, we’re wondering if IKEA has something to do with that?

Ecommerce in Sweden currently accounts for 8.7% of total retail sales.

The development of ecommerce in Sweden.
The development of ecommerce in Sweden.

Big online stores in Sweden

Some of the most popular and biggest online stores in Sweden are Halens.se, Nelly.com, Adlibris.com, Bokia.se, Cdon.com and NetOnNet.se. In June 2016, CupoNation published a list of the most visited online stores in Sweden.

Latest news about Sweden

Ecommerce in Sweden was worth €14.5 billion in 2017

Ecommerce in Sweden has increased just slightly during last year and was worth 14.5 billion euros at the end of 2017. After an increase of 4.1 percent, the B2C ecommerce turnover of Sweden grew only 400,000 euros compared to the situation in 2016.

Half of Nordic online retailers see Amazon as a threat

Amazon is seen as a threat by almost half of Nordic online retailers. On the other hand, over a quarter of ecommerce players see Amazon entering the Nordic market as an opportunity. With Amazon’s arrival, local retailers can use the established marketplace to sell their products to more consumers.

Swedish hypermarket Eko sells sex toys online

Eko, a Swedish chain of hypermarkets owned by Bergendahls, will not only expand its business by opening new physical stores, it also entered a new market online. The company has launched its first ecommerce platform, called E by Night, which sells sex toys and related products online.

Chiquelle lets customers try outfits using AR

Fast-growing fashion brand Chiquelle is ready for the new fashion season and will introduce an augmented reality app to its customers in Europe. Together with tech company Figuratic, Chiquelle will launch a virtual shopping experience based on AR and 3D technologies.

Swedish Wish customers will get their orders faster

Swedish postal service PostNord has signed a deal with Wish, so customers will no longer have to pay VAT or handling fees upon the arrival of parcels to Sweden. Instead, shoppers will now be charged VAT at the point of purchase. As a result, Swedish customers will get their order Continue reading

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Last update: September 2017