National Innovation Council shapes the future

Sweden needs creative people, creative processes and creative solutions to keep pace in a constantly changing world. Innovation in different areas can help to create opportunities from the societal challenges that Sweden and the world are facing.

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

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 countries including China, India and Germany. This paves the way for potential partnerships with other countries. For example, Sweden signed an agreement on deepened innovation cooperation with India in April 2018.

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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.

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.

Regional meetings of the National Innovation Council

In 2017–2018, the National Innovation Council held two regional meetings – one in Western Götaland County and one in Västerbotten County. Prime Minister Stefan Löfven believes that the regional meetings of the National Innovation Council play an important role in developing national innovation policy. This includes identifying the diverse range of opportunities and conditions in the different regions.

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