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Solstickan

Solstickan

Founded: 1936

Market: Sweden

Turnover: 9 million match boxes per year

 

Sweden

Solstickan was created in 1936 and Swedish artist Einar Nerman was asked to design a motif for the box. The motif may well be one of Sweden’s most famous works of art. The matchbox is instantly recognized by most people in Sweden and the motif has become an icon. Solstickan is now a national symbol. The Solstickan brand accounts for 98% of all matches sold in Sweden, and for every matchbox or other Solstickan product sold, some of the proceeds are donated to the Solstickan Fund. About SEK 1.5 million is donated every year.

SOLSTICKAN FOUNDATION

The foundation was established in 1936 by Mathias Hallgren, and all of the money collected would be donated to a charity. The funds were initially used to finance summer camps for city children, and later to support children and the elderly. The Solstickan matchboxes featured the well-known text ‘Till förmån för barn och äldre’ (In support of children and the elderly).

Products

Matches

Our aim is to always produce a match that is safe, reliable and environmentally sound. Our consumers deserve high-quality matches that cannot self-ignite, do not break easily or lose bits of their head on the striking strip.

Our aim is to always produce a match that is safe, reliable and environmentally sound. Our consumers deserve high-quality matches that cannot self-ignite, do not break easily or lose bits of their head on the striking strip.

Our matches are subject to higher requirements than the European standard (EN 1783:1997), and our testing and analysis methods are more complex. Compliance with this standard ensures both distributors and consumers that our matches meet strict quality requirements. The MATCHTEK® standard is a guarantee for safe and reliable matches that are also environmentally sound.

90% renewable substances
0% heavy metals
FSC® certified

Fire starter

Solstickan Braständare is the natural choice for lighting the fire, BBQ or sauna, and is ideal for both indoor and outdoor use. ‘Strike-on-box’ like a match. No kerosene, paper or similar. 

Match and firelighter in one
8 min. burn time
100% recycled board
FSC® certified

Briquette firestarters

Solstickan Tändbriketter are the natural choice for lighting the fire, BBQ or sauna, and are ideal for both indoor and outdoor use. These briquette firestarters are made from compressed sawdust and provide a natural and odorless fire. 

Place 2-3 briquettes among the wood or in the BBQ. Light the fire with the long Solstickan matches that came with the briquette firestarters.

Made from 40% compressed sawdust and 60% vegetable wax.

100% plant-based
Perfect for the fire, BBQ or sauna
8 min. burn time
FSC® certified

Wood wool

Solstickan Träull is the natural choice for lighting the fire, BBQ or sauna, and is ideal for both indoor and outdoor use. The wood wool is made from European FSC® certified pine and spruce, and vegetable wax.

100% plant-based
Perfect for the fire or BBQ
8-10 min. burn time
100% recycled board
FSC® certified

Solstickan timeline

1936

Einar Nerman designed the famous Solstickan motif. Einar used his own son, Tom, as inspiration for the Solstickan Boy.

1986

The Solstickan Fund began awarding the Solstickan Prize to a person who had made an outstanding contribution to the support of children or the elderly.

2006

Solstickan celebrated its 70th anniversary. Over the years, more than SEK 100 million has been collected and distributed to support children and the elderly.

How matches are made

Swedish matches have always been recognized for their quality. We maintain that tradition and are constantly striving to improve our products.

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