Innovation does not merely encompass research, high-technology and products. It also concerns issues such as employees trust and participation, as well as low wage dispersion. Strong welfare schemes have crucial importance in our ability to adapt and innovate.
The main parts of the innovation policy are:
Better conditions for SME’s
The Government will establish better conditions for small and medium-sized enterprises. We want more women, young people and elderly people to have opportunities to contribute to innovation at their workplaces and to start their own enterprises.
Strengthening education and research
The quality of the education system must be strengthened in order to ensure access to manpower with sound and relevant competency. Private research investments must be strengthened in order to safeguard long-term knowledge development in industry. At the same time, the Government will increase research investments in the public sector, and make it easier for commercialising good business ideas.
A more innovative public sector
The public sector is facing major challenges, which cannot be solved merely by increasing resources and personnel. It is also necessary to innovate new solutions and to organise work in a smarter way. This applies not least to the healthcare sector. People must be able to trust solutions from the public sector. The quality of services shall not be dependent on the individual user’s financial situation. A sound, efficient and innovative public administration is also a valuable element to ensure stable and predictable conditions for industry.
More information on selected topics:
A Norwegian "puzzle"
Innovation policy agencies