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Economic competitiveness in the Småland‐Blekinge region

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The lack of technology‐intensive industries and knowledge‐based enterprises and the lack of skilled labour are two inter‐related factors constraining the competitiveness and growth opportunities of Småland‐Blekinge. The region's traditional sectors need to evolve towards a knowledge‐based economy to ensure the maintenance and growth of the region's prosperity. Yet the adjustment of its industrial fabric will require a highly qualified and dynamic labour supply. The regional competitiveness of Småland‐Blekinge relies greatly on its ability to attract and retain youth, migrants, women and their families, so that they can work, live and set up businesses in the area. This is directly related to the perceived attractiveness of the region in terms of quality of life and the availability of attractive jobs and business opportunities. This chapter first looks at how to ensure a highly qualified and dynamic labour supply by better integrating youth and women in the local economy and by attracting talent from outside. It then focuses on factors that can help make Småland‐Blekinge an attractive place to live and work and to improve the framework for business competitiveness.

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 2012-03-01

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