The Tricolor raised at Medicon Village as Emmanuel Macron visits Lund

Medicon Village

On January 31, French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Lund as part of his state visit to Sweden. Throughout the day, the strong Swedish-French relations were highlighted, particularly in the fields of research, education, and trade. The agenda included visits to ESS and Alfa Laval, as well as participation in a student evening at Lund University.

France is one of the world's largest economies and Europe's third-largest market with 67 million consumers. Sweden and France have been trading partners for several centuries, and in recent years, the trade exchange has increased, accompanied by the signing of several cooperation agreements and declarations of intent.

The late-January state visit further contributed to strengthening and promoting the excellent and long-term relations established between our countries, especially in terms of research and innovation, education, and trade.

The significance of the exchange between French and Swedish researchers is undeniable, as illustrated by Anne L´Huillier at Lund University, a recent recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics.

In the realm of education, there are multiple connections between academic institutions in Skåne and France. Lund University boasts a vast international network and actively participates in EUGLOH - the European University Alliance for Global Health, where Université Paris-Saclay plays a coordinating role. Additionally, Malmö University has a clear international profile and collaborates in forums involving French universities.

Trade exchange and collaboration between innovative companies are also advancing. In November, a seminar on "Innovation, EU-funding, and Partnerships" took place at Medicon Village for French and Skåne life science companies. The aim was to showcase various avenues for collaboration, and the event was organized by Business France and Bpifrance, in collaboration with Swelife, Vinnova, and Invest in Skåne.

At Medicon Village, we look forward to continuing to facilitate international collaborations between researchers and entrepreneurs. The visit from the French presidential couple hopefully paves the way for further exchanges between our countries' universities and innovative companies.