Two decades ago, most pundits wrote off the Nordic countries, arguing that their social democratic model of high taxes, generous social benefits, and worker security were antithetical to innovation, productivity, and growth. But since 2000 the Nordic economies have thrived by increasing government funding for R&D and innovation, implementing competitive tax codes with lower corporate rates and investment incentives, deploying ICTs, and introducing labor flexicurity models. Moreover, led by innovation agencies including Finland’s Tekes and SITRA, Sweden’s Agency for Growth Policy and Analysis and VINNOVA, and Denmark’s Agency for Science, Technology, and Innovation, the Nordic countries have been pioneers in developing national innovation strategies and building innovation-based economies.
Please join ITIF on October 16 as representatives from Finland, Denmark, and Sweden share insights from the successes—and ongoing challenges—these nations have experienced in crafting innovation policy and building globally competitive, 21st-century innovation economies.
This event is free, open to the public and complies with ethics rules.