OECD Territorial Reviews: Sweden 2017

Monitoring Progress in Multi-level Governance and Rural Policy

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Sweden has long given priority to promoting both sustainable economic growth in its regions and equity among them. This report looks at the progress Sweden has made in its regional growth policy, multi-level governance system and rural policy. It also takes a more in-depth look at two topics of increasing importance: whether rural Sweden has been “left behind”, and issues of regional and municipal governance. The report suggests steps Sweden can take to address its regional and rural policy challenges. It also assesses to what degree Sweden has implemented the recommendations made in the 2010 OECD Territorial Review of Sweden.




Background on the Territorial Review

In 2009, the OECD conducted a territorial review of Sweden at the request of the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise, Industry and Communication (known in 2016 as the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation). This resulted in the review, OECD Territorial Reviews: Sweden 2010, published in February 2010, which focused on: 1) the trends, achievements and challenges of regional development in Sweden; 2) how to exploit cross-sector synergies through regional policy in Sweden; 3) how multi-level governance arrangements could support more effective regional development.


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