OECD Territorial Reviews: Sweden 2010

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This review of regional policy in Sweden finds that Sweden has recently renewed focus on promoting development opportunities in all regions and has introduced a gradual regionalisation process with a strong bottom-up approach. Yet challenges remain, particularly concerning knowledge diffusion and urban-rural linkages. Further efforts to achieve critical mass and improve co‑ordination can help better address local needs. This Review explores the potential for enhanced innovation and entrepreneurship in both urban and rural areas and provides recommendations to strengthen Sweden’s regional development strategies through improved governance mechanisms, both regionally and across levels of government.



The OECD would like to thank the Swedish authorities at the national and subnational levels for their co-operation and support during the reviewing process. Special thanks go to Mr. Sverker Lindblad and Ms. Hanna Wiik, Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications of Sweden, for the overall co-ordination of the project with the local team. The OECD is also grateful to the authorities of Västra Götaland and Norrbotten as well as Göteborg, Luleå and Kiruna for hosting on-site OECD study missions.


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