Anyone, regardless of nationality, is welcome to invest in the Philippines. With the liberalization of the foreign investment law, 100% foreign equity may be allowed in all areas of investment except those reserved for Filipinos by mandate of the Philippine Constitution and existing laws.
The Economy of the Philippines is the world's 34th largest economy by nominal GDP according to the 2017 estimate of the International Monetary Fund's statistics, it is the 13th largest economy in Asia, and the 3rd largest economy in the ASEAN after Indonesia and Thailand. The Philippines is one of the emerging markets and is the sixth richest in Southeast Asia by GDP per capita values, after the regional countries of Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.
The Philippines is primarily considered a newly industrialized country, which has an economy transitioning from one based on agriculture to one based more on services and manufacturing. As of 2017, GDP by Purchasing power parity was estimated to be at $878.980 billion.
Norwegian Businesses in the Philippines
In the Philippines, the Norwegian Shipowners Association remains to have a strong presence primarily due to the Philippines and Norway being traditional partners in the maritime sector. Aside from shipping and the maritime industry, Norwegian businesses thrive in the Philippines including Colibria AS; Det Norske Veritas AS; Norsk Hydro AS (Philippines), among other leading global companies. The Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global also has equity from various Philippine companies.
The Philippines Norway Business Council (PNBC) is an important forum for Norwegian companies represented in the Philippines as well as the Philippine companies with links to Norwegian business.
Swedish Businesses in the Philippines
Sweden’s export to the Philippines has increased over the last few years. About 40 Swedish companies are already present in the country, including Hennes & Mauritz (H&M), Saab, and Volvo. More are expected to come in the next few years.
Business Sweden, a partnership by the Swedish Government and the Swedish business sector, offers Swedish companies strategic advice and hands-on support. It also provides access to contacts and networks at all levels.