What are the overall views of Sweden’s versus EU’s leading CFOs?

Sweden EU Countries*
Only 1 of 4 of the Swedish CFOs
view external uncertainty to be at a high level. The majority (61%) view the uncertainty to be at a normal level.
3 of 4 of the CFOs in the EU area view external uncertainty to be at a high level. Only 24% view the uncertainty to be at a normal level.
A solid majority of the Swedish CFOs (69 %) expect their revenues to increase the coming 12 months . The CFOs in the EU area are less optimistic, 46% expect their revenue to increase. It is the lowest level since the European survey started.
Defensive priorities continue to increase. Both reducing payments and taking measures to improve cash flow have gone by organic growth as the foremost priority area for the future. The strategies companies are prioritizing to deal with challenging economic conditions are becoming more defensive, with cost cutting the top priority for CFOs in a majority of countries.
Economic outlook/growth is the main concern for Swedish CFOs. Weakening demand is the main concern for CFOs across Europe.
The pressure to act on climate change is the greatest from the companies ‘customers and employees, while the society at large / media and banks/lenders do not appear to have a significant impact on the companies’ actions on climate change. Clients and customers are the stakeholders named most often as a significant source of pressure to act on climate change but employees also make it into the top three.


*EU countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Luxembourg, Sweden, United Kingdom