The 2018 Global Innovation Index (GII), released on July 11, 2018, ranked Sweden as the third most innovative country in the world, after Switzerland and the Netherlands. Sweden is also highly ranked in the sub-category “creative outputs”, as No 6. The reasons for this high ranking include a historic tradition of inventors, a commitment to gender equality and a strong belief in the individual. Close collaboration between research institutes and the private and public sectors is another key factor.

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