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.



Exploiting Cross-sectoral Synergies through Regional Policy in Sweden

Reinforcing Sweden’s capacity to sustain growth and equity in the long term requires synergies among sectoral policies at the national an d reg i ona l scal e in order t o en han ce in n ovat i on a nd entrepreneurship in all regions. Building on the government’s renewed commitment to regional growth policy, recent initiatives have focused on promoting business development in all parts of the country including sparsely populated regions. Further efforts to facilitate the diffusion of knowledge and to improve the functioning of regional labour markets through more effective urban-rural linkages could help maximise regional growth potential. This chapter starts with an overview of recent regional policy in Sweden. It then discusses policy options to strengthen regional innovation systems, to fully exploit regional skills, and to explore regional opportunities for green growth. Finally, it considers ways to better link infrastructure investment with regional development priorities.


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