Our history

The origin of Skanska dates back to 1887 when Aktiebolaget Skånska Cementgjuteriet was started by Rudolf Fredrik Berg in Southern Sweden, manufacturing concrete products. Find more information and films about our history and founding father below.


We quickly diversified into a construction company and within ten years the company received its first international orders. Through the 20th Century we played an important role in building Sweden’s infrastructure, including roads, power plants, offices and housing.

In the mid-1950s, Skånska Cementgjuteriet made a major move into international markets. During the next decades we entered Latin America, Africa and Asia, and in 1971 the U.S. market.

The U.S. is now our largest market and Skanska ranks among the largest in the construction sector. Today, neither Africa, Asia nor Latin America are included in our home market concept.

The company was listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange A-list in 1965. In 1984, "Skanska" became the Group's official name.

The 1990s

During the 1990s, Skanska initiated its most expansive phase ever. Sales doubled in only a few years. While the major portion of this growth was organic, a string of successful acquisitions also paved the way for Skanska's growth into a global company.

21 st Century

Since the beginning of the 21st Century profitability rather than growth is a strong focus. The operations are streamlined to construction and development of residential, commercial and infrastructure projects in selected home markets in Europe and America.

Our founding father

Our founder, Rudolf Fredrik Berg, believed in doing the right thing. Not only was his innovative business profitable from day one, he also pioneered in catering for his employees' needs.


Last updated: 1/15/2016

Geographic markets

We are active in selected home markets in Europe and the U.S.

Geographic markets