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Barack Obama and the Nordic heads of state commit to growth through innovation

US President Barack Obama shared a laugh with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö. Photo: Lehtikuva/Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
  • Published 24/05/2016
The Nordic Innovation House in Silicon Valley is instrumental for the Nordic countries and the United States to promote innovation together, say the five Nordic heads of state and President Obama in a joint statement.

 

The statement was released in the wake of the U.S.-Nordic leaders’ summit in Washington DC 13 May. The five Nordic heads of state met with President Obama to discuss and strengthen US-Nordic cooperation within several fields, including sustainable trade and investments.

 

In the joint statement, the Nordic heads of state and President Obama underlines the importance of innovation to find ways to achieve sustainable growth and sustainable societies. The Nordic Innovation House in Silicon Valley serves as an important institution for the United States and the Nordic countries to continue to promote innovation together, according to the statement.

 

Read the full joint statement here.

 

 

Supporting Nordic startups abroad


The Nordic Innovation House in Silicon Valley is one of the Nordic 10 projects co-funded by Nordic Innovation. The House, located in Palo Alto, serves as a soft landing spot with a co-working space, incubator and resource centre for Nordic startups.

 

Since its opening in September 2014, the house has helped more than 100 Nordic startups develop their businesses and getting a foothold in Silicon Valley, widely recognised as the tech capital of the world.

 

 

A prime example of Nordic cooperation


Co-funded by Nordic Innovation and the Nordic country government agencies responsible for business growth within their respective countries, the Nordic Innovation House in Silicon Valley is a prime example of what Nordic cooperation can achieve.

 

Nordic Innovation managing director Carina Christensen is happy to see that innovation is high on the agenda for U.S.-Nordic relations, and that the Nordic Innovation House is mentioned in the joint statement from the U.S-Nordic leaders’ summit.

 

“This shows the continuous value provided by Nordic cooperation in an area pivotal for sustainable growth and trade between the Nordic countries and the United States”, says Christensen. 

 

The Nordic heads of state with spouses poses with Barack and Michelle Obama in Washington DC

(The Nordic heads of states with spouses partied with Barack and Michelle Obama in Washington DC. Photo: Lehtikuva/Office of the President of the Republic of Finland)