The rise of the Southeast Asian Tigers

If viewed as a single economic entity, Southeast Asia would be the world’s fifth largest economy and with rapid growth projections, the region’s global significance can only be expected to increase further.

Four common growth drivers

  • Large and young populations
  • Massive investments in physical and digital infrastructure
  • Increased value-add and strengthened pace of innovation in the manufacturing sector
  • A rapidly growing middle class driving domestic consumption overtaking exports as primary driver of growth


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Elements of success

Want to grow your business in Southeast Asia?

Emil Akander

asia in numbers

7% of the world's ten largest cities
60% of the world's populations
50% of the world's automotive
10 of the busiest ports in the world
75% of global textile production
72% of global electronic's
1,6% of Swedish exports
3,4% of global GDP
9% of global population
5,2& annual GDP growth

Transformation is just around the corner in Southeast Asia’s manufacturing sectors. Our latest survey reveals how Swedish tech suppliers can get primed for success. Get the full picture with detailed analysis from our team on the ground, download the report.


Atlas Copco's market-specific strategic approach boosts growth in APAC

Following a strategic shift, Southeast Asia is back at the forefront of Atlas Copco's operations, with impressive results.

A new financial frontier in Southeast Asia

Swedish FinTech company Lendela were looking to expand further. They set their eyes on Southeast Asia and the huge potential for innovative approaches to traditional lending options. Lendela have been connecting Scandinavian consumers with the best credit providers for over 15 years


Swedish companies have a lot to offer the Southeast Asian countries in key areas such as industry automation, infrastructure development, and products and solutions for the emerging digital middle class. 

Southeast Asia is an Asian sub-region comprised of the ten nations geographically located south of China and Japan, east of India and north of Australia; Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Brunei Darussalam. These countries also comprise the regional intergovernmental organisation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which promotes regional cooperation and integration in e.g. the economic, political, security and educational fields.

Using Singapore as a base, the entirety of the ASEAN bloc with its 650 million inhabitants are accessible within 3.5 hours by air travel. Further, the region’s strategic location provides easy access to other economic superpowers, such as China, India, Australia, and Japan.


Key Facts

SOUTHEAST ASIA IN THE light of the u.s. - china trade conflict 

In times of increased protectionism and trade tensions, few regions present similar growth prospects. But how should Swedish companies respond to the conflict? 


It has never been a better time to enter the Philippines. The market has proven itself with 20 years of consecutive economic growth coupled with stable government finances. But what’s in it for Swedish companies? This is outlined in the “Philippines, Open for Business” report.

The report also explains the recipes for success. Key success factors include to handle the Philippines both as a single market and as an integral part of your regional and global organization, and to create strategic partnerships in the Philippines for the local market and for regional and global market.

Download our recipes for success.

Watch our recorded webinar to ensure long-term competitiveness with the Philippines IT sector. 

Take The Easy Way To Asia

Our Business Incubation & Operations services facilitate a rapid and seamless way to expand in Asia.

Time to grow in Asia?

Asia is home to 22 of the World's 37 megacities and 4,5 billion people - that's 60% of the global population. Asia has limitless potential as a growth market.

APAC consumer study

In many consumer categories, APAC will for decades to come account for an overwhelming majority of global demand and growth.

To trade or not to trade?

Leaders for the world's largest economies, accounting for 85% of the gross world product and 80% of world trade, met in Buenos Aires this weekend. The purpose of G20 is to uphold multilateralism and promote a sustainable development of the world economy.

Business Sweden podcast

Listen to our podcast with Martin Glaumann, Market Area Director Southeast Asia and Cecilia Oskarsson, Global Project Manager from Atlas Copco talk about Southeast Asia and why Swedish companies should look east to grow global sales (in Swedish).

Business Sweden Asia-Pacific

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Emil Akander
Emil Akander

Trade Commissioner, Singapore