The Electrolux Group is a Swedish
Sweden , officially the Kingdom of Sweden , is a Nordic country on the Scandinavian Peninsula in Northern Europe. Sweden borders with Norway and Finland and is connected to Denmark by a bridge-tunnel across the Öresund....

 appliance maker.

As of 2010 the 2nd largest home appliance manufacturer in the world after Whirlpool, its products sell under a variety of brand names including its own and are primarily major appliance
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s and vacuum cleaner
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s. The company also makes appliances for professional use.

Forbes Magazine says Electrolux is one of the top 5 companies in consumer durable good
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s, worldwide, and named it to its list of 130 Global High Performers in 2010.
Formed from a 1918 cooperative agreement between sales company Svenska Elektron AB and kerosene lamp
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 maker Lux AB, Electrolux grew rapidly through mergers and acquisitions
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 to become a world-class appliance manufacturer.
In 1919, a Svenska Elektron AB subsidiary, Elektromekaniska AB, became Elektrolux (the spelling was changed to Electrolux in 1957).