National Innovation Council – focusing on the future

Sweden needs creative people, creative processes and creative solutions to keep pace in a world in constant change. Innovation in different areas can help to create opportunities from the societal challenges that Sweden and the world are facing. Prime Minister Stefan Löfven is chair of the National Innovation Council, which aims to help develop Sweden's innovation capacity and competitiveness. As the challenges the Council is working on are shared with the rest of the world, the Council has inspired interest from global partners in China, India and Germany, among other countries.

National Innovation Council
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven is chair of the Innovation Council. Since February 2015, the Innovation Council has been meeting four times a year. The members of the Innovation Council have knowledge and experience from different areas of society. Photo:Martina Huber/Government Offices

Society is facing major challenges, for example in the area of the environment and climate, but also in other areas where we need innovation capacity to find necessary solutions and ways forward. Sweden is one of the world's leading innovation nations, with strong competitiveness and successful exports. Many pioneering innovations in goods, services, processes and business models come from Sweden, but global competition is growing rapidly and many other countries also offer attractive environments for development and entrepreneurship. Innovations are needed to meet these challenges so that Swedish society can continue to develop.

Advisers to the Government

Since February 2015, the Innovation Council has been meeting four times a year. The members of the Council have knowledge and experience from different areas of society. Their task is to contribute to the Government's work to advance Sweden as a country of innovation and to strengthen Sweden's competitiveness. Innovation policy is a shared issue for the Government and the Innovation Council deals with policy issues that represent the most important parts of a coherent innovation policy. The Prime Minister chairs the Council.

Sweden working together

An exchange of views, ideas and knowledge between the business sector and public stakeholders contributes to new innovative solutions to society's challenges. Dialogue and collaboration strengthen competitiveness, contribute to sustainable development, lay the foundation for new Swedish export successes and create more jobs. The Innovation Council is needed to develop a coordinated and integrated innovation policy.

The Government takes the Council's proposals and ideas and transforms them into concrete measures, for example through the establishment of an investment company called 'Saminvest', and the five strategic innovation partnership programmes at the Government Offices.