26 May 2011
Swedish Institute (SI)
Few Swedish agencies have such a comprehensive range of activities in pursuit of Sweden’s commitments in the world – and in promoting development both in Sweden and in its partner countries – as the Swedish Institute (SI). In 2010, SI undertook or helped finance exchanges in 124 countries, while also engaging in informational activities that reached more than 220 countries. To a great extent, therefore, SI regards itself as Sweden’s globalization agency. Not least because SI:
- promotes Sweden’s international position and enhance its prospects by
- making the world more aware of our country and inspiring confidence and interest in us,
- establishing ties and networks with key figures in a wide range of fields,
- paving the way for new partnerships, exchanges and trade with the outside world,
- fosters creativity, innovation and development both in Sweden and in partner countries by encouraging exchanges of knowledge and know-how, inspiration and talent,
- facilitates cooperation, democracy and sustainable global development by
- encouraging progress towards human rights, freedom of expression and gender equality,
- raising awareness and boosting capacity in the fields of sustainability, climate and environment,
- supporting partner countries’ economic, social and cultural development, as part of Sweden’s development cooperation effort,
- helps to reduce tension and the risk of conflict by encouraging knowledge-sharing, dialogue and understanding between people both in Sweden and in other countries.
The Swedish Institute runs its operations within the framework of public diplomacy – understanding, informing, influencing and developing relations with people in other countries. The intention is to increase awareness about Sweden and create a positive environment through strategic communication and relationship-building activities in order to achieve Swedish economic, political and cultural objectives.
The website provides information on the goals and objectives of the SI: details of funding and scholarships, current events and programmes, and language studies.