The environmental sector in Sweden as increased exports by 65 percent between 2003 and 2008. The total of Swedish exports increased by 55 percent during the same time period. The sector’s number of employed persons increased by 16 percent but 16 percent for the nation as a whole during these years.
During 2008 the establishments of enterprises in the Swedish environmental sector had a total turnover of nearly SEK 260 billion and employed more than 74 000 persons. During the same period of time, exports amounted to more than SEK 42 billion, which accounts for almost 2.5 percent of the total Swedish exports.
Between 2003 and 2008, exports and employment in the Swedish environmental sector increased at a faster rate than exports and employment in Sweden as a whole, as shown in the figure below. In 2008 this trend for exports leveled out and was at a similar level as in 2007, over SEK 42 billion. Employment in the environmental sector grew by about 5 percent, from nearly 73 000 persons in 2007 to over 74 000 persons in 2008, while the total employment in Sweden over the same period was almost unchanged.