India-Sweden celebrate Innovation Day

India and Sweden celebrated the 8th Innovation Day on October 26. During the online event they discussed several aspects of climate change and possible solutions to bring in green transition.

Highlights

  • The one-day event was divided into nine parts for discussing several aspects of climate change. Both sides also discussed possible solutions to initiate green transition.
  • In the session, they also exchanged the ideas for implementing digital technology and Artificial Intelligence in order to introduce climate-friendly solutions.

Theme of the event

The online event was organised under the theme ‘Accelerating India Sweden’s Green Transition’.

Who was the host?

India Sweden Innovation Day was hosted by “India Unlimited” in collaboration with the Embassy of India in Sweden, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Sweden-India Business Council.

India–Sweden relations

The bilateral relation between India and Sweden is historic. Sweden is among the countries that recognised India’s independence from the United Kingdom in the year 1947. Both the countries established their formal diplomatic relations in 1949. India has established an embassy in Stockholm. On the other hand, Sweden established an embassy in New Delhi. Sweden also established honorary consulates in Kolkata, Chennai, and Mumbai.

People to People tie

Around 10000 Indian citizens are living and work in Sweden. There are also around 9000 persons of Indian origin. Both the groups are employed in business or professional fields.

Background

Relation between Sweden and India dates to 8th century CE and the era of Vikings. During archaeological excavations of an 8th century Viking ship in 1954, in Sweden, a small bronze Buddha statuette was discovered. Statue is thought to have been made around 5th century CE, in present-day Kashmir.

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