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Sweden E-commerce Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

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Sweden E-commerce Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)
Published: June 1, 2022
Mordor Intelligence Pvt Ltd
Content info: 100 Pages
Delivery time: 2-3 business days
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The Sweden E-commerce market is expected to register a CAGR of 12.9% during the period of 2022-2027. The primary factor driving the growth of the market in the region is the strong economy and high internet penetration, among others.

Key Highlights

  • In terms of internet penetration, Sweden is one of the most advanced countries, and consumers have achieved a higher level of maturity when it comes to e-commerce. Consumers in the region are technology savvy and qualified spenders and at the top of e-Commerce usage in Europe and globally. Most Swedish online shoppers use their mobile and smartphones when researching websites, underscoring the importance of mobile solutions for webshops.
  • Various factors are driving the growth of Sweden's e-commerce market. This includes the country's strong economy as well as changing consumer behavior, where more people now buy goods and services through online platforms. In addition, more and more services are now available online than ever before, which is also helping to fuel the growth of the e-commerce market.
  • Home deliveries from companies that use Artificial Intelligence for route optimization have increased sharply in the region over the years. Many market players are looking for a Broad launch of parcel boxes that receive parcels from all logistics companies.
  • Moreover, companies in the region are making essential reforms in the sustainability of e-commerce by creating eco-labeling for e-commerce deliveries and reducing the proportion of air in packaging. These factors are further expected to increase the growth of the e-commerce market in the region.
  • Local e-commerce sales rules and regulations in the region can hamper the growth of the e-commerce market. For instance, United States e-commerce companies operating in Sweden need to comply with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Moreover, VAT regulations can differ between digital and physical sales.
  • During the COVID-19 outbreak, when physical stores were closed, the e-commerce market in the region grew owing to an increase in the strong demand for groceries, furniture, home furnishing, and pharmacy products, whereas moderate demand for clothing and footwear segment. Moreover, the classic department store NK in Stockholm launched e-commerce. Many merchants have also started offering drive-through and click-and-collect.

Key Market Trends

Growing Use of Card Payments and Internet Banking for Online Shopping Expected to Grow the E-commerce Market

  • Swedish consumers make purchases more frequently by using a card or Swish app instead of cash. This trend has grown stronger during the coronavirus pandemic. As per HootSuite, 45% of the population in Sweden owns a credit card, out of which 41.5% are female and 48.5% are male. Additionally, 98.2% population owns a debit card, out of which 99.1% are female and 97.4% are male.
  • The use of cards as payment media has increased gradually over time. A rapid structural transformation is taking place in retail and e-commerce payments, with increasing automation as the main driving force.
  • Several fintech players have made it easier to shop online by offering easy payment checkout in Sweden. For instance, SoftBank-backed Swedish fintech giant Klarna offers solutions where one can pay via one's online bank or via an invoice when purchasing online. For the consumers who want to make payment using a card, it is often possible to register their card details with the retailer or a payment services provider, allowing purchases to be made in a single click.
  • Moreover, internet banking has expanded very rapidly in Sweden. All banks offer internet services, which include access to account information and the possibility of carrying out transfers between accounts, bill payments, and online securities trading. According to banking statistics, 20-25% of the private customer base has begun to use online banking services regularly.
  • Furthermore, big tech companies in Sweden, such as Apple and Google, offer digital payment solutions like Apple Pay and Google Pay, which are connected to the customer's usual credit and debit card. These digital payment solutions make it possible to pay with a contactless payment using a mobile phone for online shopping on an e-commerce website.
  • All of the factors mentioned above are expected to increase the use of card payments for online shopping, which will drive the e-commerce market over the forecast period.

Fashion and Apparel Segment is Expected to Hold the Largest Share

  • The e-commerce sales of the fashion segment hold the largest market share in Sweden's e-commerce market. This is mainly due to various benefits offered by e-commerce companies in the region, such as free delivery, loyalty points, coupons, discounts, and simple online checkouts.
  • Moreover, e-shoppers in the region are gradually increasing over the years, mainly in the age gap between 16-44, which gives more importance to clothing and footwear. As per Eurostat, the percentage of internet users that bought goods or services online was 84% in 2019 and grew to 87% in 2021.
  • With the fastest-changing fashion environment, new fashion trends are coming every day. Moreover, despite originating as one of the biggest fast fashion producers, Sweden has an excellent relationship with sustainable fashion, which encourages consumers to move toward sustainable fashion. Furthermore, fashion events in the region, such as Stockholm fashion week, are further expected to propel the growth of the fashion segment.
  • In the current digital era, every business, from small to big brands, is competing with each other to take their business to the next level. Digital marketing has helped many Fashion and E-commerce stores reach new heights. Digital advertising plays a crucial role in influencing people over the internet for fashion-related products. The country has strong activity on social media platforms, like Facebook. Advertising on Facebook can help many e-commerce market players in the region to gain more market share.
  • As mentioned above, all of the factors are expected to increase the demand for fashion products in the e-commerce market over the forecast period.

Competitive Landscape

The Sweden e-commerce market appears to be moderately consolidated as few of the players currently dominate the e-commerce market. Major players in the Sweden e-commerce market are adopting strategies like acquisitions and partnerships to expand their reach in the region. Some of the major players in the e-commerce market are NetonNET, Elgiganten, Webhallen Sverige AB, Zalando SE, among others.

  • January 2022 - Swedish parcel delivery service Instabox raised EUR 174 million in a financing round. Instabox's value is now estimated at EUR 1 billion. This makes it the newest member of a unicorn in Sweden.
  • April 2022 - NetOnNet announced to offer printed screen protectors directly in-store - fast, secure, and more durable. In collaboration with the global innovator ZAGG InvisibleShield, NetOnNet has recently launched the opportunity for customers to order and buy screen protectors that are printed directly in store, using a so-called Invisible Shield On Demand cutting machine. The solution ensures that there is always exactly the screen protector the customer needs to be adapted for exactly the device the customer has, regardless of when it was purchased.

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  • 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Defination
  • 1.2 Scope of the Study




  • 4.1 Market Overview
  • 4.2 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis
    • 4.2.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
    • 4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers
    • 4.2.3 Threat of New Entrants
    • 4.2.4 Threat of Substitute Products
    • 4.2.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
  • 4.3 Key Market Trends and Share of E-commerce of Total Retail Sector
  • 4.4 Impact of COVID-19 on the E-commerce Sales


  • 5.1 Market Drivers
    • 5.1.1 Growing Use of Card Payments and Internet Banking for Online Shopping Expected to Grow the E-commerce Market
    • 5.1.2 Rising Online Shopping Penetration
  • 5.2 Market Challenges
    • 5.2.1 Challenges Related to Local E-commerce Sales Rules and Regulations
  • 5.3 Analysis of Key Demographic Trends and Patterns Related to E-commerce Industry in Sweden (Coverage to Include Population, Internet Penetration, E-commerce Penetration, Age & Income etc.)
  • 5.4 Analysis of the Key Modes of Transaction in the E-commerce Industry in Sweden (Coverage to Include Prevalent Modes of Payment Such as Cash, Card, Bank Transfer, Wallets, etc.)
  • 5.5 Analysis of Cross-Border E-commerce Industry in Sweden (Current Market Value of Cross-border & Key Trends)
  • 5.6 Current Positioning of Sweden in the E-commerce Industry in Europe


  • 6.1 By B2C ecommerce
    • 6.1.1 Market Size (GMV) for the Period of 2017-2027
    • 6.1.2 Market Segmentation - by Application
      • Beauty and Personal Care
      • Consumer Electronics
      • Fashion and Apparel
      • Food and Beverages
      • Furniture and Home
      • Others (Toys, DIY, Media, etc.)
  • 6.2 By B2B ecommerce
    • 6.2.1 Market Size for the Period of 2017-2027


  • 7.1 Company Profiles
    • 7.1.1 NetonNet
    • 7.1.2 Elgiganten
    • 7.1.3 Webhallen Sverige AB
    • 7.1.4 Zalando SE
    • 7.1.5 Apotea AB
    • 7.1.6 Adlibris
    • 7.1.7 H&M
    • 7.1.8
    • 7.1.9 Ikea
    • 7.1.10

8 Investment Analysis

9 Future Outlook of the Market