Table of Contents

  • OECD Reviews of Digital Transformation: Going Digital in Sweden is part of a new series of OECD country reviews. The OECD Reviews of Digital Transformation analyse recent developments of the digital economy in countries, review policies related to digitalisation and make recommendations to increase policy coherence in this area.

  • Sweden is among the leading countries in the diffusion and use of digital technologies. Internet use by individuals and businesses is widespread and the digital divides along lines of age, education, income and firm size are narrower than in most OECD countries. Broadband availability, quality and affordability score among the best in the OECD.                                                              

  • This chapter sets the scene for the review. Building on OECD work, it examines recent economic performance in Sweden with a focus on policies and initiatives related to the digital economy, in particular Sweden’s new Digital Strategy.a

  • This chapter examines trends and structural features of the telecommunication market as well as broadband infrastructure and services. It concludes with recommendations to continue to spur broadband deployment and use in Sweden. Connectivity provides access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) – the backbone of today’s digital economies and societies. The Swedish government has set an ambitious broadband targets to achieve ubiquitous “ultra-fast” broadband connectivity by 2025 and progress is reviewed in this chapter.

  • The use of digital technologies by individuals, firms and the government is a core driver of digital transformation. This chapter presents trends in the uptake of digital technologies in Sweden by individuals by geographic location, age, income and education. It analyses the diffusion of digital technologies among firms as well as the skills that workers need to use such tools effectively. It also examines the use of digital technologies by the public sector and the progress in digital public service and open government data. Finally, the chapter discusses policies to enhance the uptake and use of digital technologies in Sweden and provides policy recommendations.

  • This chapter provides an overarching description and analysis of digital security policy in Sweden. Sweden’s 2017 National Cybersecurity Strategy aims to better integrate digital security policy within the broader digital transformation agenda and marks a positive turning point towards a more holistic approach to digital security.

  • This chapter focuses on two areas that have acquired a prominent role in the current policy debate about digitalisation: innovation and jobs. The first section reviews recent innovation performance in Sweden, examines the main policy initiatives in support of research on and diffusion of information and communication technologies (ICTs), and formulates recommendations to foster digital innovation. The second section examines recent trends in the labour market in Sweden and discusses policies to promote job quality and accompany workers along the digital transformation.

  • This chapter presents the policy framework being developed by the OECD project Going Digital: Making the Transformation Work for Growth and Well-being, reviews policy recommendations in specific policy areas and addresses the issue of policy coherence in the implementation of the Digital Strategy in Sweden.