Sweden is a strong export nation with the world as its market. When regulations and standards are applied globally, trade barriers decrease and it becomes easier for Swedish businesses to get established on the global market. This strengthens Sweden’s competitiveness and creates Swedish jobs. European standards hold a special position as support in implementing European law and as recommended references for public procurements. Swedish standardisation should therefore strive for European standards being developed in collaboration between European and global standardisation bodies as often as possible. These standards will then be valid as both European and global standards. European standards – or Swedish standards when necessary – should only be developed when an impact assessment clearly shows that global standards are not the best way to promote Swedish interests. Sweden should however always advocate that international free trade agreements refer to global standards.