Events and projects

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The Swedish Institute annually initiates a great number of events and projects in order to spread knowledge about Sweden and promote cooperation with other countries. The events are primarily arranged internationally but sometimes also in Sweden. SI is also an active partner in several events and projects by external organisers.

The events and projects are performed with regards to SI’s geographical and thematic priorities and our target groups.

Stay up-to-date on the Swedish Institute’s events and projects by following our calendar of events.


Innovative power, in which Sweden currently has a unique position, is an important factor for continued social and economic development. SI works with a variety of projects, events and materials on innovation.

Creativity and culture

The Swedish Institute is assigned to promote Swedish cultural and creative industries abroad. Swedish creativity and innovation help create growth, prosperity and quality of life.

SI collaborates with cultural professionals in Sweden and abroad to raise interest for Swedish culture in other countries. SI works together with Swedish embassies with focus on six areas: music, photography, literature, film, gaming, fashion and design. Click on the respective areas to learn more.


There is a great interest for Swedish society with our extensive welfare system and continued work for equality and justice. SI works to establish a dialogue around Swedish society and has for example toured the exhibition To me there’s no other choice, about Raoul Wallenberg who led a campaign to save Jews from the Holocaust. Raoul Wallenberg is one of the most recognised and admired Swedes abroad and and the exhibition was inaugurated on January 17 at the National Museum in Budapest, the date on which Raoul Wallenberg disappeared in 1945.

Internationally, gender equality is one of Sweden’s best-known attributes which is why the Swedish Institute organising a series of events on gender equality. One example of this is the documentary photo exhibition Life Puzzle which shows a broad picture of family life in Sweden and how it can be combined with working life.

The Swedish Institute has also been commissioned by the Government to spread information on Swedish methods and perspectives relevant to the work on prostitution and human trafficking. As a part of that work, SI has published the information material Targeting the sex buyer. The Swedish Example: Stopping prostitution and trafficking where it all begins. Read more about Targeting the sex buyer.


Sustainability is when social, economic and environmental development occurs in symbiosis, with a holistic approach to community development. SI works with various projects and events to highlight the importance of sustainable development. The dimension in focus depends on the area in question – support for democracy in Belarus, water quality in the Baltic Sea, cultural export – but in the background there is a holistic approach where the environment is in focus.

In 2010, SI launched the exhibition Facing the Climate. In it, Swedish and international cartoonists offer some amusing and alarming reflections on the climate issue to raise awareness and discussion on the climate threat.

The Swedish Institute is also involved as partner in selected EU projects to get practical experience on how projects in EU programmes are conducted. These include the project InnoHeat where partners from Poland, Lithuania, Germany and Sweden are working to analyse the status of district heating systems in the region and suggest upgrades and modernisations of them.

Related pages

  • Sweden@Kenya #CreativeNations – Swedish and Kenyan creatives gather in Nairobi

    The #CreativeNations forum was successfully convened in Nairobi 9-11 November. The event was the culmination of a project initiated by the Embassy of Sweden in Nairobi and the Swedish Institute, with a view to bring ...

  • Sweden@Rwanda – open up for a creative society

    Sweden@Rwanda is a co-creation project with Swedish and Rwandan entrepreneurs in the creative industries. It aims to contribute to a more innovative society and, ultimately, a sustainable development. Sweden is ranked as one the of the world’s most ...

  • Sweden@SouthAfrica – entrepreneurship across borders

    Development requires change and entrepreneurs and innovators are important change agents. Sweden@SouthAfrica is a project aimed at strengthening entrepreneurs within the areas of sustainability, creative industries, gender equality and digital solutions. Sweden@SouthAfrica started as an ...

  • Smart Living Challenge

    Smart Living Challenge, initiated by the Swedish Institute and Munktell Science Park in 2013, revolves around finding solutions for a sustainable urban lifestyle. The project involves people from around the world. Creative workshops have taken ...

  • Equality and society issues

    Internationally, gender equality is one of Sweden’s best-known attributes, as evidenced by the report The Swedish Model – Perspectives on the International Relevance of Sweden’s Social Paradigm. It is clear, however, that gender equality is ...

  • Targeting the sex buyer

    During the last decade the efforts towards combating the modern slavery of human trafficking have become an important topic on the political agenda, both on a national and international level. Sweden has during this period ...

  • Events and projects: design

    Swedish design is an important part of the image of Sweden abroad. Through exhibitions, meetings and discussion we strive to spark interest and debate on design’s influence on culture and society. In collaboration with the ...

  • Events and projects: fashion

    Swedish fashion has become a worldwide success story. Small, innovative fashion designers have become darlings of the international fashion world – without abandoning their unique creativity. In 2012 the Swedish Institute arranged two major fashion ...

  • Events and projects: gaming

    The Swedish game industry is one of the biggest cultural exports after ABBA. For example, the Battlefield game franchise has sold over 60 million copies worldwide and the game Minecraft is mentioned as one of ...

  • Events and projects: film

    Swedish film has a strong position in the world today and is a promising area for developing Swedish exports. Collaboration on productions or even co-productions with other countries strengthens the ties between Sweden and other ...

  • Events and projects: literature

    The Swedish Institute works actively to promote Swedish literature and Swedish authors. In 2013 we will for example participate in the annual Children’s Book Fair in Bologna. Participation in the exhibition is coordinated by the ...

  • Events and projects: photography

    Over the last years Swedish photographers have been internationally acclaimed within areas of photography such as fashion, art and nature photography. In order to visualise the Swedish creativity within this field, SI have produced the ...

  • Events and projects: music

    Music is one of the creative industries in which Sweden is the most successful. As part of promoting Sweden, SI utilises music to reach our target audience. Examples of initiatives are Invasao Sueca in Brazil ...

  • Facing the Climate

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  • Swedish Institute Visitors Programme

    The Swedish Institute is planning a series of visitors’ programmes in 2017 on the themes of innovation and entrepreneurship, community planning, technology and digitalisation, and sustainability. The aim of these programmes is in part to ...