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Working in Europe | Career Development | Sweden

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.

  • If you are an academic researcher or if you work with research and development in the private or public sector, Vinnova could offer you the opportunity to spend up to 3 months in another sector. The aim of the mobility is both to increase and sustain the collaboration between the two organisations as well as giving the individual the experience of working in another sector. Vinnova could cover up to 50% of expenses for salary, travel and accommodation in association to the mobility. The up to 3 months spent in another organisation could be distributed over a period of up to 18 months. The call “Mobility for innovation and societal benefit” will open at the end of November 2016. Both national and international mobility is eligible, but the grant can only be given to Swedish organisations.