for global Swedish companies like AstraZeneca, Ericsson and Volvo. The Swedish government has chosen to focus strategic investments on three key areas: medicine and bioscience, technology and climate. The programme was established in 2005, and planned to run for five years. Founded in 2006 by Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon, the company is now multinational. These are just a few examples of Swedish innovations that have made a difference. Snilleblixtarna, the non-profit association Snilleblixtarna (flashes of genius) is geared to schoolchildren from preschool to fifth grade. The non-profit organisation, ung Företagsamhet (young entrepreneurship) works in partnership with Swedish schools. The goal is to encourage childrens interest in technology, the natural sciences and entrepreneurship. Photo: Melker Dahlstrand/ bostad till salu göteborg östra centrum Sweden in space Swedish space research employs some 200 people.
Sweden is also seen to have a good input basis, with a stable political climate and relevant, high-quality education. Life science in Hagastaden, the. Cardia, innovation, aB was founded by 2 clinicians in 1995 and is situated. Sting supports promising Stockholm-based startups, primarily within ICT, internet/media, cleantech and life science. Peepooples mission is to improve the health and quality of life of poor people by providing them with a hygienic, safe and dignified sanitation solution. Stockholm region intends to be one of the worlds leading areas for life sciences by 2025. The idea is to create a fleet of boats equipped with sensors that measure water quality. Skype was acquired by eBay in 2005, and sold to Microsoft in 2011. The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket) is a government body that aims to foster greater enterprise growth and sustainable, competitive business and industry throughout Sweden. Sweden is one of Europes top three spenders in this area, investing.3 per cent of GDP in R D in 2015. Rapidly growing markets include medical devices such as imaging equipment, orthopaedic implants, dialysis equipment, heartlung machines and ECG equipment, as well as laboratory studies of medicines. That they are more likely to become managers, get jobs and earn more.