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Sustainable expansion in the north

I Norrbotten and Västerbotten are currently undergoing major investments and societal transformations as Swedish industry takes a leading role in the transition to a fossil-free world. Cities and communities where establishments take place need to switch from declining to growing communities to meet the need for skills.

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How can the need for skills that arise in the wake of billion-dollar investments give impetus to the growth of attractive and sustainable societies? What is needed for housing, infrastructure and services in cities and communities to be able to develop quickly and meet the needs? And how do we make it happen in a sustainable, beautiful and inclusive way - which attracts new residents to not only make a quick visit but also to stay and integrate into society?

These are key issues that will be discussed at Vinnova's seminar "Open up for innovation" on 11 February. What the transformation means for the people, the places and the culture, and what is needed from society, the emerging industry and business.

Here you can read about some of Vinnova's investments for sustainable expansion in Norrbotten and Västerbotten

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The road to the sustainable societies of the future

With foresight as a method, we get the opportunity to be involved and shape the future. Based on the knowledge we have today, we work with scenarios about possible futures. With their help, we can make decisions today that shape our tomorrow in the direction we want. In the film below, we get to take part in a number of possible sustainable futures that follow from the expansion in the north. An important question is what we need to do today to achieve the desired development.


Jonas Brändström

Director, Head of Division

+46 8 473 31 94

Last updated 11 February 2022

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