Sweden’s National Strategy for Sustainable Regional Growth and Attractiveness 2015–2020 - Short version

The National Strategy for Sustainable Regional Growth and Attractiveness 2015–2020 is a guiding policy document stimulating sustainable regional growth and attractiveness throughout Sweden until 2020.

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The intention is to contribute to the regional growth policy objective – Development potential in all parts of the country with stronger local and regional competitiveness. The strategy will also contribute to the Government's three priority areas: achieving the overall target of having the EU's lowest unemployment rate by 2020, achieving the national environmental objectives and closing the gender equality gap.

The strategy describes four societal challenges – Demographic development; Globalisation; Climate, environment and energy; and Social cohesion – all of which affect Sweden's regions and regional growth efforts. In order to contribute to the policy objectives and meet these societal challenges, while also taking advantage of the opportunities they present, four priorities for the regional growth efforts have been identified for the period up to 2020. The Government's priorities:

  • Innovation and business development
  • Attractive environments and accessibility
  • Provision of skills
  • International cooperation