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Nordic Private Equity - an industry analysis

  • Publisert 07.03.2006
  • Sist oppdatert 30.03.2011
Overall the Nordic private equity industry is experiencing a positive trend. The total amount of capital available is increasing, and the Nordic countries are starting to attract international capital. There is also increased investment activity in the early phases, which is positive for young innovative firms.

The Swedish industry manages €31,611 million in risk capital, per June 2006. The corresponding numbers for Denmark, Finland and Norway are between €2,500 million and €5,000 million. Naturally Sweden also has the largest amount of capital available for investments.


Sweden is the leading Nordic country in this industry, both in size and in rate of growth. The majority of this can be attributed to an exceptionally large buyout-fund industry, but they are also leading on investments in most of the other phases. Sweden is also still the finance centre of the Nordic countries, thus attracting significantly more international capital than its neighbors.


The amount of funds raised is increasing in all the Nordic countries, with the exception of a slight overall decline in Sweden from 2003 to 2005. More than 90% of the funds were raised by independent funds. The independent funds were raised from a variety of sources with pension funds being the largest source. Norway is exempted from this where corporate investors was the largest source. Sweden raised more than 50% of its independent funds from outside the Nordic countries. Norway and Finland raised their money primarily from their own country or Nordic neighbors.


This report will be presented by the Norwegian Venture & Private Equity Association at the "Nordic Venture Capital Summit" in Oslo on November 15th 2006.

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