Illustration: Itziar Castany Ramirez

Swedish innovation

The Government wants to strengthen Sweden’s innovative capacity and climate for innovation so as to contribute to sustainable development and establish conditions to create new jobs throughout the country.

Responsible ministers
Ibrahim Baylan
Responsible ministries
Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation
  • Cooperation - a powerful means of solving problems

    Illustration: Itziar Castany Ramirez

    Innovation concerns new or improved solutions that create value for society, businesses and individuals, and covers plans and measures for developing and strengthening the forces of innovation and renewal in Swedish businesses in many areas of society.

    In Sweden, cooperation between the business sector, academia and the public sector has long been a powerful means of solving problems and bridging the challenges facing our society. The Government has therefore created four innovation partnership programmes, based on Sweden’s strengths and the 2030 Agenda.

  • The Government’s innovation partnership programmes

    Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, Minister for Business, Industry and Innovation Ibrahim Baylan, Minister for Education Anna Ekström, Minister for Higher Education and Research Matilda Ernkrans, Minister  for Energy and Digital Development Anders Ygeman and Minister for Employment Eva Nordmark were all present when the members of the government's innovation partnership programmes were presented 10 February 2020.
    Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, Minister for Business, Industry and Innovation Ibrahim Baylan, Minister for Education Anna Ekström, Minister for Higher Education and Research Matilda Ernkrans, Minister for Energy and Digital Development Anders Ygeman and Minister for Employment Eva Nordmark were all present when the members of the government's innovation partnership programmes were presented 10 February 2020. Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices

    The objective of the Government’s innovation partnership programmes is to identify innovative solutions to major challenges facing society and to contribute to Sweden’s competitiveness. In July 2019, as part of the January agreement, the policy agreement made by the government parties and the Liberal party and Centre Party, the Government presented four themes that form the basis for the partnership programmes in 2019–2022.

Offices of Science and Innovation

Sweden has placed Offices of Science and Innovation at the embassies in Beijing, Brasília, New Delhi, Seoul, Tokyo and Washington D.C.

Finding solutions

Each innovation partnership programme is based on an identified societal challenge where finding solutions requires innovative ideas. For example: how can the digital transformation help create new job opportunities and lead to better health? Solving this challenge requires gathering all the relevant perspectives together. The four innovation partnership programmes are:

  • Decarbonising industry;
  • Skills supply and lifelong learning;
  • Digital transformation of industry; and
  • Health and life sciences.