Trade and industry, institutions and society at large are under the influence of an increasingly integrated global economy. Exports and exports of services in particular play a greater role for Sweden and its regions, as a clear indicator of the new global integration. Technological development, communication capabilities and the lowering of trade barriers also mean that different enterprises spread across different global locations are well-placed to join a worldwide network of production and value chains. This trend has placed high pressure on trade and industry and society to adapt accordingly. Meanwhile, there is also a great need to develop the economy in a more long-term and sustainable direction. The dynamism and agility of the economy can also be mobilised in guiding developments in the desired direction of greater economic, environmental and social sustainability.
However, to achieve the best possible results, it is necessary to take account of the different regions' traits and needs. The following summary consolidates a number of observations based on the aspects of regional growth and development described and analysed in the report.
Regional growth 2013 - a report on conditions and trends in Sweden’s regions