Sweden, which is in the EU, established its seventh international Office of Science and Innovation at its embassy in London last weekend. According to their press statement, the Swedish Science Office will “develop and strengthen collaboration between the UK and Sweden on issues linked to the Government’s life sciences strategy, its export and investment strategy, the Research and Innovation Bill, and the Government’s strategic partnership programmes.
Karl-Petter Thorwaldsson, Minister for Business, Industry and Innovation, said: “The London Office is an important and strategic initiative for a country like Sweden where export and innovation issues are of vital importance.
“Establishing the Office is an effective way to meet the objectives of Sweden’s life sciences strategy and is completely in line with efforts to help the Government’s partnership programmes achieve an international impact.”
Sweden has previously established Offices of Science and Innovation at its embassies in Brazil, New Delhi, Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo and Washington DC.
Minister for Education Anna Ekström said: “The new Office of Science and Innovation in the UK will help increase the international visibility of Swedish higher education institutions.
“This is important to maintain a high level of quality in research and strengthen Sweden as a research nation.”
The statement read: “The UK is a priority country for Sweden and an important partner in areas such as innovation and research, as well as a close ally on many trade policy issues.”
Annika Strandhäll, Minister for Climate and the Environment, noted the importance of climate science, saying: “We are in the midst of a climate-driven green industrial transition, and the UK is a strategically important partner in these efforts.
“The establishment of the London Office allows us to strengthen our relations and pursue more ambitious climate efforts.”