Atlanta companies with expertise in the development and marketing of e-commerce would find opportunities to expand their businesses in Sweden if they sought them out, according to Cecilia Julin, the minister of economic affairs at the Swedish embassy in Washington, D.C.

      Ms. Julin spoke to the members of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce Atlanta during its annual meeting held Sept. 17 at the Cherokee Town Club in Buckhead.

      She explained that Sweden attracted many foreign companies because of the strengths of such sectors as telecommunications including the manufacturer Ericcson and the automobile sector including Saab and Volvo.

      But during an interview with GlobalFax after her speech, she also said Sweden was behind the U.S. in e-commerce and would particularly benefit from technology transfers related to its development.

      Since joining the European Union (EU), U.S. investment into Sweden has increased rapidly, she said, citing a six-fold increase last year to more than $1.5 billion.

      She also said that the U.S. and Sweden were working together to develop markets in the Baltic States and western Russia.

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