Paraná: opportunities for innovation partnership

Brazil is a large country with significant differences in culture and development between the 27 states. To increase the knowledge about opportunities in the state of Paraná, an event was held in Brasilia with main authorities of Paraná’s Government, as the state governor, Carlos Massa Ratinho Junior, several secretaries and also some directors of public companies.

Paraná day in Brasília with the Governor Carlos Massa Ratinho Junior. Photo: Rodrigo Felix Leal ANPr.

The State of Paraná is located in the south of Brazil and its capital is the city of Curitiba. According to The Economist, the state is the second most competitive in Brazil after Sao Paulo. In addition, it is also considered the second-best business and investment environment in the country. Currently it has the second largest port in Brazil when it comes to amounts of goods (according to the authorities, it will soon be considered the most important port in the country). The location favors the creation of a logistic Hub since the main consumer markets of South America are around Paraná. Paraná also has well developed infrastructure with important highways, airports, railways (the railroad linking Curitiba to Foz do Iguaçu is almost completed) and the largest hydroelectric plant in Brazil – Itaipu Binacional. For telecommunication and internet, fiber optic infrastructure has been installed in all municipalities in the state.

Example of Curitiba

Curitiba has a long history of sustainable urban development. Since the 1970s, the city has developed structural corridors and explored TOD (Transport oriented development) concepts. In fact, Curitiba was the first city to implement a BRT (Bus Rapid Transport) system. The city has maintained its high environmental profile and is presently a member of the C40 group, a global network of megacities committed to sustainability and advancement of the climate agenda. (  

BRT System in Curitiba. Photo: Joel Rocha/SMCS.

 In 2013, the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and the city of Curitiba, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly develop projects in the areas of mobility, urban planning and environment.

In this context, a consortium was formed including KTH, Volvo, SAAB Combitech, UTFPR (Technical University of Paraná), URBS (Companhia de Urbanização e Saneamento de Curitiba) and IPPUC (Instituto de Pesquisa e Planejamento Urbano de Curitiba.

Link to KTH project here.

Innovation Weeks 2019

The Sweden-Brazil Innovation Weeks provide a platform for the Strategic Partnership between Sweden and Brazil within the areas of science, technology and innovation (STI). The purpose is to promote Sweden as a long-term innovation partner for Brazil by fostering Swedish innovation environments, establishing collaboration with Brazilian counterparts and creating a meeting place for Swedish and Brazilian actors in the STI area. The innovation weeks also provide an overview of Swedish STI activities in Brazil.

This year the Embassy of Sweden in Brazil and the Office of Science and Innovation together with KTH and other partners are planning a seminar on Sustainable City in Curitiba on the 27th of September.

For more details please visit:

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