Few Non-Swedes on Company Boards

The newspaper “Svenska Dagbladet” reports that immigrants are hard to find on the boards of Sweden’s largest companies.

The newspaper has studied the boards of the largest 62 corporations here, all classified as “large companies” by the Nordic Stockholm Exchange. Despite immigrants from outside the Nordic region making up around 10 percent of the Swedish population, they account for only 4 out of 548 board members.

Professor Masound Kamli, of Mid Sweden University, who has authored a government report on integration here, says the farther one rises in a Swedish company the bigger the problem gets.

He says the United States has come a lot farther, pointing out that as soon as drug maker Pharmacia was bought by an American company, an Iraqi was appointed to head the Swedish division.