Small and beautiful: The ICT success of Finland and Sweden

Eric Giertz, Annika Rickne, Petri Rouvinen

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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.

In order to generate important policy learning it is essential to understand the role of policy and different policy mechanisms in relation to historical developments. The systemic, evolutionary and institutional approach taken in this thorough analysis of the development of ICT sectors in Finland and Sweden provides an ambitious and promising model for such policy learning studies. The study contributes substantially to policy learning on how to think around innovation and development processes, as well as around policy mechanisms. Such policy learning is of fundamental importance to policy making.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages232
ISBN (Electronic)978-91-87537-33-2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2015
MoE publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study

Publication series

SeriesVinnova Analysis
NumberVA 2015:06


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