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Community innovation survey 2018-2020

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The purpose of the community innovation survey is to collect data on innovation activities in enterprises, i.e. on product innovation (goods or services) and process innovation (organisational and marketing aspects). The survey also gives information on the characteristics of innovation activity at the enterprise level, thereby creating a better understanding of the innovation process and the effects of innovation on the economy.

The survey is conducted in every European Union (EU) Member State. The main users are the government offices, i.e. ministry of education and research and ministry of enterprise and innovation. The statistics is also used by other governmental agencies, for research purposes and by international organisations i.e. OECD.

Survey timetable

The requested information is needed before 29th of April.

Frequently asked questions

Which enterprises are included in the survey?

A sample will be drawn from a list of enterprises with 10 or more employees. All enterprises with 200 or more employees are included in the totally investigated).


The information is submitted via the web form where instructions are provided.

What to do if I lost login details? 

Contact us and you will receive the information again.

Can we get a respite?

Contact us by e-mail or telephone if you are not able to send the survey in on time. We may help you by extending the response time. Do not forget to mention your corporate identity number.

Our enterprise is part of an enterprise group, should I report for innovation activities in other enterprises in that group?

No, answer all questions about your enterprise only for its own activities in Sweden, exclude the activities of all subsidiaries or parent enterprises.

What is innovation?

An innovation is a new or improved product or process (or combination thereof) that differs significantly from the unit’s previous products or processes and that has been made available to potential users (product) or brought into use by the unit (process).

What is product innovation?

A product innovation is a new or improved good or service that differs significantly from the firm’s previous goods or services and that has been introduced on the market.

Product innovations must provide significant improvements to one or more characteristics or performance specifications. This includes the addition of new functions, or improvements to existing functions or user utility. Relevant functional characteristics include quality, technical specifications, reliability, durability, economic efficiency during use, affordability, convenience, usability, and user friendliness. 

Product innovations do not need to improve all functions or performance specifications. An improvement to or addition of a new function can also be combined with a loss of other functions or a decline in some performance specifications.

What is business process innovation?

A business process innovation is a new or improved business process for one or more business functions that differs significantly from the firm’s previous business processes and that has been brought into use by the firm.

All business functions can be the object of innovation activity. The term business process includes the core business function of producing goods  and services and supporting functions such as distribution and logistics, marketing, sales and after-sales services; information and communication technology (ICT) services to the firm, administrative and management functions, engineering and related technical services to the firm, and product and business process development. Business processes can be considered as services for which the firm itself is the customer. Business processes can be delivered in-house or procured from external sources.

What is R&D?

Research and experimental development (R&D) comprises creative and systematic work undertaken in order to increase the stock of knowledge and to devise new applications of available knowledge. According to the Frascati Manual 2015 definition (OECD, 2015: § 2.5 to 2.7), R&D activities must meet five criteria: (i) novel; (ii) creative; (iii) address an uncertain outcome; (iv) systematic; and (v) transferable and/or reproducible. R&D comprises basic research, applied research, and experimental development.

Publishing of the results

The results of the survey are published in November.

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Legal Information

The obligation to provide information is mandatory under the Official Statistics Act (2001:99). The statistics for this survey are also regulated according to the Official Statistics Ordinance (2001:100) and SCB's Regulation (SCB-FS 2019:4).

The information that is submitted to Statistics Sweden is protected according to chapter 24 section 8 of the Public Access to Information and Secrecy Act (2009:400). When the information is published, no single workplace or enterprise will be able to be identified. Consultation has taken place with the Swedish Better Regulation Council.

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