Region Västra Götaland has joined BDF as member. With 1.6 million inhabitants, Västra Götaland in the heart of Scandinavia is one of Sweden’s biggest regions. It is a transport hub, thanks to Scandinavia’s major port in Gothenburg. It is an innovative industrial centre, with special strength in the automotive, life science, IT, textile, food and maritime sectors, and with R&D investment per capita in the absolute European top. It is also a leading international conference venue, now preparing for European Maritime Day in May 2012.
Region Västra Götaland is the democratically elected organisation charged with promoting growth and sustainable development and offering the inhabitants good healthcare. In cooperation with the 49 municipalities, trade and industry, the education sector, authorities and organisations, Region Västra Götaland supports and drives development for a good life in Västra Götaland. With 50,000 employees it is also one of Sweden’s biggest employers.
Region Västra Götaland will also participate as exhibitor in the Networking and Project Village at the upcoming BDF Summit 2011 / European Commission’s Annual Forum on the EU Strategy of the Baltic Sea Region in Gdansk 24-26 October.