10.23 million (2018)

Official language



Swedish krona (kr)

Important Ministries

Ministry of Education and Research is a government ministry responsible for matters relating to schools, universities, colleges, and research.

Swedish Arts Council promotes cultural development.

Official statistics office
Statistics Sweden

Trade associations

Swedish Publishers’ Association (Svenska Förläggareföreningen or SvF)

Swedish Association of Education Publishers (Läromedelsföretagen)

Swedish Booksellers Association (Svenska Bokhandlareföreningen or SBF)


Trade Magazine
The Swedish Bookstore (Svensk Bokhandel) is a book industry magazine run by the SvF and the SBF.



VAT on books
6% for books and 25% eBooks


Fixed Price on Books
Abolished in 1970.


Translation programmes
Swedish Arts Council Support Scheme for Swedish Literature in Translation funds translation costs or both translation and some production costs for translated editions of Swedish works, ie literature written in Swedish or any of the national minority languages in Sweden, and originally published in Sweden.

Deadline: February/May/October

Contact: Susanne Bergström Larsson: susanne.bergstrom.larsson@artscouncil.se +46 8 519 264 83

Annual book fairs
Göteborg Book Fair is held over 4 days in September.

Useful Contacts

British Council
Tel: +81 (0)3 3235 8031

Department for International Trade
Email: info@exporttojapan.co.uk
Tel: +81 (3) 5211-1100

Book Distributors

Most large publishers have their own distribution companies.

Norstedts Förlagsgrupp AB

Fritzes kundservice