• Organization TypeAdvocacy NGO
  • Founded1958

International Council of Swedish Industry

What does NIR do? They support and broaden the scope of operations of Swedish business in markets which are politically, economically or socially complex. All their activities are carried out with a long term outlook. How do they operate? Their interventions mainly focus on improving the structural conditions for business in the markets in which they operate, in order to promote economic and social development. They cooperate closely with both the public and the private sector, in Sweden as well as abroad. Additionally, their mission includes establishing networks of interest to Swedish businesses and representing Swedish business as a whole. Where do they operate? Their head office is located in Stockholm, Sweden, and they have local representation in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. What is their  background? They were established in 1960 by Dr. Marcus Wallenberg Jr as the Swedish Industry’s Council for Foreign Affairs. Initially the Council functioned as a forum for deliberations on Sweden’s relationship with the European Economic Community (the predecessor of the EU). In the late 1970s, the name was changed to the International Council of Swedish Industry (Näringslivets Internationella Råd, NIR) and focus shifted to emerging markets. In 2006 NIR again underwent an additional narrowing of focus and since then  hathey ve focussed solely on targeting complex markets with untapped potential for Swedish business.
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Staff at International Council of Swedish Industry have experience in


  • development
  • private sector development
  • hiv/aids
  • public administration
  • monitoring / evaluation


  • goal global


  • zimbabwe
  • ethiopia
  • netherlands
  • afghanistan
  • mozambique


  • managerial experience
  • business development
  • experience in recruitment
  • international experience
  • with experience in conflict areas

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Company Offices

  • Näringslivets Internationella Råd