Swedish businessmen are not afraid of crime in Russia and the Baltics. This was the result of a survey carried out by the Swedish council of foreign trade. Businessmen working in these countries regard crime as an insignificant problem. Obtaining information and documents from the authorities as well as bureaucratic obstacles cause far greater problems. It is easiest for a Swedish small business to open in Latvia or Estonia where there is already a middle class who are willing to pay for Swedish goods and services.
The survey was carried out at the beginning of December. The respondents included 318 managers of Swedish companies working in Russia, Poland, Ukraine and the Baltic states.