Facts from the 70s
1973: Aker Group in Norway and Karlskronavarvet AB in Sweden collaborated on the development of floating offshore power plants that would convert excess gas from oil fields into electricity at sea.
1975: A research project for the Nordic fishing industry aimed to reduce pollution in fish fillet factories, reduce water consumption, and increase utilization of raw materials. Nordforsk was the initiator and the Nordic Industrial Fund the main source of financing for a 2-year research project.
1977: Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish pulp and paper industries joined forces to find better methods for reducing emissions from pulp and paper mills.
1979: The Nordic Industrial Fund supported a Norwegian-Finnish collaboration in the development of asbestos-free building panels for external use. Norway was among the first to ban asbestos in building panels for internal use when they imposed a ban in 1978.
We did some low tech in the 80s too
Nordic Innovation has been involved in both big and small initiatives. For example, in 1985, we supported an effort to coordinate Nordic standards for ladders. The goal was to reduce ladder-related accidents, of which there were many at the time about 2000 per year. In Sweden, they estimated that poor ladders cost society more than 60 million kronor annually.
“ If only everyone could be like the Scandinavians, this would all be easy.”Barack Obama
Facts from the 2000s
2003: Bang&Olufsen, Nera Networks, ABB Robotics, Tomra Systems, Kitron Arendal, Lövanger Electronics, and Partnertech worked together to introduce lead-free products to the market. Lead and other heavy metals were to be phased out before 2006, and Nordic Innovation's project "No lead in Nordic Electronics (NoNe)" made this possible earlier than required.
2007: Nordic Innovation funded a report that, for the first time, presented evidence of the economic benefits of solar heating and solar energy in the housing market in the Nordic countries. Metro Therm, Solarnor, and Solentek were involved and had products on the market in 2007.
2009: Developed a Nordic initiative for female entrepreneurship.
Facts abot the 2010s
2011: Around 300,000 American school children in Washington D.C. were served Nordic food during Nordic Food days, made by winners of a Nordic cooking competition for youth. This showed how Nordic food could be a part of a healthy lifestyle.
2012: Establishment of The Nordic European Public Investor initiative - provides a basis for raising money for Nordic start-ups and growth companies.
2013: Establishment of a Nordic program for marine innovation to increase innovation, profitability, and competitiveness in the Nordic fishing industry. The program consisted of 15 projects, with Norwegian Lerøy participating in one of them.
2014: The first Nordic Innovation House opened in Silicon Valley. The Nordic countries have been the starting point for several leading technology companies such as Ericsson and Nokia, MySQL, Rovio, Opera Software, ForgeRock, and Spotify. - Nordic Innovation House helps to lower the threshold and provides an excellent starting point for the next success stories. Since then, they have opened similar houses in New York, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Tokyo.
Your can read more about the Innovation Houses here.
2019: The Nordic Council of Ministers adopts Vision 2030.
We address issues of joint Nordic interest, promote innovation, enable change and transformation, engage the wider business ecosystems, bring relevant stakeholders together and create a platform for Nordic cooperation and successful implementation. We call ourselves an enabler and an intermediary, but how does it work?
Nordic Innovation connects people, businesses and organisations for a sustainable future.
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