Innovative Nordic Digital Solutions

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To meet some of tomorrow’s challenges, the Nordic Ministers of Business and Innovation have set the ambitious goal of developing the Nordics into a pioneering region for new and innovative digital solutions.

Today, the Nordics are strong in the digital area. The countries have good infrastructure, sound public data and a high level of trust in the public sector. The Nordics are always ranked top in innovation and the countries have an extremely talented pool of entrepreneurs. But a pioneer does not settle for status quo, she explores.

At Nordic Innovation, we are working closely with the Nordic countries to develop a single Nordic digital market and support innovative digital solutions that will improve the life of citizens and the effectiveness of doing business in the region. On this site you can find more information about the project, events and links to relevant analyses.

Project timeline

  1. The Nordic Ministers of Business agrees upon the Nordic Co-operation Programme for Innovation and Business Policy 2014–2017, based on meeting some of the challenges that the Nordic region will face in the future. The vision is: The Nordic region – a future region for sustainable growth. The co-operation programme comprises five so-called lighthouse projects. A Nordic country is responsible for each lighthouse project and contribute to the realisation of them together with Nordic Innovation.

    Download the co-operation programme.

  2. A Nordic digital task force is established with public representatives, many of which are contact points for the Digital Agenda in EU.

  3. Five national digital workshops are held, identifying barriers and enablers in the Nordic ecosystem.

  4. Nordic Digital Forum 2014 - At Nordic Digital Forum 2014, key players from the Nordic digital industry are gathered to explore and outline common activities for making the Nordics a front-runner for innovative digital solutions.

    Read more about Nordic Digital Forum 2014.

  5. A Nordic Digital Vision Group is formed and two meetings are initiated.

  6. The core idea for the lighthouse project is further anchored with central public stakeholders in the Nordic countries.

    • Nordic public sector information platform including open data
    • Nordic digital identification, including eID and digital signatures
    • Nordic digital ecosystem (networking, events such as hackathons etc.)
  7. The first Nordic eID workshop takes place in Oslo.

  8. The Nordic Open Data Challenge is launched at Nordic OpenData Week. Winners from each country receives funds from Nordic Innovation to attend the SLUSH conference in Helsinki 11-12 November 2015, where they will compete for a a Nordic award.

  9. The second Nordic eID workshop is held in Oslo.

  10. Nordic open data workshop. A strategy for a Nordic open data collaboration is discussed and agreed, and among other initiatives the countries will join forces again next year through the Nordic Open Data Week 2016.

  11. The winners of the Nordic Open Data Challenge are found at SLUSH, one of Europe’s largest startup conference.

    Read more about the Nordic Open Data Challenge.

  12. Nordic Digital Forum 2015. The theme of the Nordic Digital Forum 2015 is “A vision for the Nordic Digital Society 2025”. The event is centered around recent and future Nordic collaboration on digitalisation and innovation in public sector, and on creating a vision on how business and civil society in the Nordic countries will benefit from this in 2025. Furthermore, a study on the Nordic digital landscape, along with an analysis of Nordic opportunities for collaboration, is presented at the event.

  13. The “ENTER NORDIC” vision for a Nordic digital society 2025 is presented.

The Nordic Digital Co-operation

By connecting the Nordic digital agencies, private companies and experts, a number of key digital cooperation tracks have been identified. Nordic Innovation has together with relevant stakeholders within each track created a collaborative task force.

Analysis: The Nordic Digital Ecosystem

This report describes possibilities for Nordic digital collaboration by providing an overview of the actors in the Nordic digital ecosystem and their characteristics, an analysis of the actors’ will and abilities to collaborate, and a discussion of potential business cases for such collaboration.

View Study

Nordic Digital Forum