The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce of Washington D.C. (SACC-DC) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the development of useful business relationships between the United States and Sweden. Since 1989 SACC-DC has offered opportunities to explore and develop mutually beneficial U.S. – Swedish professional opportunities through a number of business and social events. Founded in 1989, SACC-DC is one of 20 local chambers across the United States, cooperating under the umbrella organization SACC-USA. Together, the chambers form a nationwide Swedish-American business network (SACC-USA), which has served as a forum for Swedish and American business people since it was founded in 1906.
The main purpose of our chamber is networking and the exchange of trade information. In order to fulfill this we regularly organize luncheons, business clubs as well as other activities. These activities are organized for our members, which include businesses and individuals alike.
Our Location in Washington, D.C.
SACC-DC is unique in the sense that we, in the Nation’s Capital, are so close to the federal government – the single most important market in the US – federal government relations offices, national associations, and national media.
Our member organizations are, to a significant extent, a reflection of this. Members include many law firms and lobbyists, major American and Swedish defense related corporations as well as high tech firms in sectors such as telecommunications, space and aerospace.
We also have companies representing the architectural, banking, consumer, engineering and travel industries. This comprises a powerful network, open to anyone interested in developing new or expanding existent Swedish-American business, trade or investment.
The Greater Washington, DC Metro area is one of the best places in the U.S. for doing business. Major industry sectors include aerospace, defense, security & intelligence; information & communication technology; biotechnology & life sciences; and energy efficiency & sustainability. The area also has over 45 Swedish companies and the total amount of annual exported goods from the area to Sweden is valued at $118 million. The total economic relationship between the Greater Washington, DC area and Sweden supports more than 20,000 American jobs.
The SACC-USA Network
SACC-DC is one of 20 regional Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce across the United States. Founded in 1906, SACC-USA is the umbrella organization for these chambers. SACC-USA serves more than 2,300 members in Sweden and the U.S., making it the second largest European Chamber of Commerce in the United States.
SACC-USA’s mission is to facilitate and support trade, commerce, and investment between the U.S. and Sweden. They help Swedish companies find the right partners in the USA and vice versa. By using a wide network and contact generating tools and methods, SACC-USA ensures that products, services, and information are presented in the right way to the right people.
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Thanks to a long history of trade, Sweden has a large economic impact on the United States. In 1783, Sweden became the first country to enter a trade agreement with the U.S. Today, Swedish exports to the U.S. are valued at $10.2 billion a year, making the U.S. Sweden’s fourth largest exporting partner. Swedish foreign direct investment (FDI) in the U.S. amounts to more than $50 billion, making Sweden the 11th largest investor in the U.S. More than 300,000 American jobs are supported by Swedish-American economic relations. Sweden is also a member of the European Union (EU), which is the U.S.’s largest economic partner.