The World Economic Forum explains why year after year, Sweden consistently excels at..."just about everything".
What is it that makes a city, a region, a country unique? While culture, geography, and diversity each play a role, innovativeness is what truly makes it stand out among the crowd.
Innovativeness is in the fabric of Skåne, Sweden's southernmost region. From a past that includes the development of the milk carton, the birth of Bluetooth, and the first dialysis procedure in the world, to a present that includes the Hövding helmet, show-stopper technology in the research facilities of MAX IV and ESS, a booming gaming industry led by big names like King and Massive Entertainment, the region continues to stand out as a birthplace of great ideas.
Regional successes have helped Sweden at large to be recognized as a global leader of innovation, as highlighted in a recent piece by the World Economic Forum. As the piece also highlights, the country ranks number one on the list of best countries for business according to Forbes Magazine. Read more in the articles below, but here are some of the hard facts about Skåne's unique profile.
Some reasons why Skåne, southernmost part of Sweden Stands out
- An extremely strong start- up scene: In 2016, roughly 11.5 MEUR was invested in tech companies in Scanian cities Lund and Malmö, over 51 investment rounds. The total amount of investments in Sweden for the same year was 65 MEUR.
- Excellence within Life Science: At the end of 2016's fiscal quarter, the 33-public life-science companies with headquarters in Lund or Malmö were valued at over 4,6 billion SEK, cumulatively. One reason for this sector's strength is the solid collaboration that the private sector has with Lund University, one of northern Europe's oldest and most renowned universities. (via 8till5)
- Gaming is serious business: With a population of only 320,000 Malmö is a power house producing some of the best-selling games in the world, home to some 40 game companies – 4.8 more per capita compared to a city many times its size, London. (via Nordic Business Insider )
- In good company: Located in the heart of the Oresund region, one of the world's most vibrant cross-border areas. Just a short drive or a train ride along the now famous Oresund Bridge takes one from Sweden, EU's most innovative country, to its neighbor and number two on that list, Denmark. (via European Commission)
- Brilliant research: MAX IV and ESS – two research facilities in Lund. Both are built with cutting-edge technology and expertise that will enable scientists to investigate new materials and processes, to provide development opportunities for all industries.
- From idea to creation: According to Forbes Magazine, the Malmö-Lund region was the world's fourth most inventive city (measured by patent applications/10 000 residents) in 2013. Sweden had three cities ranked in the top 15, but Malmö was the smallest, outranking Stockholm and Gothenburg. (via Forbes)