Business sector

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Sweden is one of the world’s most innovative and research-intensive nations. Nearly four percent of Sweden’s GDP goes towards research and development, one of the highest rates in the world. As a result, Sweden has a leading position in areas like environmental technology, life science, ICT and nanotechnology. The bulk of the research taking place in Sweden — about 70% — is financed by the business sector.

The State and the business sector collaborate through “industrial research institutes”, which they fund jointly. These institutes are independent of the higher education system but often work closely with universities and other higher education institutions. Other forms of public-private partnership in or near institutions of higher education are technology parks and “centres of excellence”.

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Business Sweden helps global companies to establish business and research activities in Sweden.

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, a network of research and technology organisations (RTOs), wholly or partly owned by the Swedish state. The RTOs within RISE perform industrial research and innovation. Some of the RTOs also perform testing and certification., the official source for facts about Sweden. Se business section at

Vinnova, Sweden’s innovation agency, promote collaborations between companies, universities, research institutes and the public sector.