Swedish Shipping in brief

The Swedish Shipowners’ Association was founded in 1906 as an industry and employers’ association.

Since 2001, all employment issues have been handled by the Shipowners’ Employers’ Association, SARF. Consequently, the Swedish Shipowners’ Association is strictly an industry association representing around 60 Swedish shipping companies operating worldwide.

The Swedish shipping industry is important in keeping Swedish industry competitive. The mission of the association is to increase knowledge of the Swedish shipping industry and promote issues nationally as well as internationally. Our member shipping companies are at the forefront of environmental and safety issues representing an attractive future field of business sector.


Facts and figures:

  • The Swedish shipping industry is part of the European shipping cluster which controls just over 40 % of the merchant navy worldwide.
  • Over 90 % of Swedish trade pass through the shipping industry.
  • The Swedish shipping cluster employs more than 100,000 people making the industry instrumental in contributing to the national economy in many respects.

Publications in English:

Climate Roadmap 2050 – Materials for Proposal to the Committe/Commission (pdf)