Small and beautiful
The ICT success of Finland & Sweden
Eric Giertz, Annika Rickne, Petri Rouvinen
Vinnova, the Swedish Innovation Agency, promotes research and innovation for sustainable growth in Sweden. Investments in research, development and innovation are of paramount importance for economic growth, job creation and for solving grand societal challenges. This report is a result of a joint research project by the Royal Institute of Technology and Etlatieto Oy. This study aims at providing understanding of the mechanisms that has taken Sweden and Finland to leading positions in ICT and digitalization. Such learning is of key importance in the continuous improvement of VINNOVA’s strategies and activities. In both Finland and Sweden, the ICT sector plays a predominant role as a source for economic growth, as a key employer and as a provider for solutions to societal challenges. This report is one of the most comprehensive comparisons between the ICT sectors in Sweden and Finland. The sectors have many similarities but also, as the report highlights, important differences.