Expert visitors’ programmes to Sweden

During 2018 the Swedish Institute is offering six visitors’programmes to the 26 priortised countries as part of Sweden’s export strategy. Some of Sweden’s most innovative environments are prepared to welcome you and encourage diverse forms of business and collaboration opportunities with Sweden. The goal with the programmes are intensified dialogue, greater knowledge exchange and broader lasting and reciprocal relationships between international decision-makers and Swedish industry, government agencies, academia, start-ups and entrepreneurs.

The 26 priortised countries are: Algeria, Angola, Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Philippines, United Arabemirates, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Kazachstan, China, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Great Britain, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, Germany, Turkey, Ukraine, USA.

Instructions and manuals

Target group

The target group for each programme comprises foreign decision-makers, researchers and business professionals in respective field. And more specifically, experts in these fields from the 26 priortised countries that are a part of Sweden’s export strategy.

  • Participants must commit to follow the whole programme arranged by the Swedish Institute.
  • Each participating country is allocated three vacancies, preferably in a triple helix model (either embassy or consulate, together with Business Sweden can identify participants);
  • Each participant finances their own travel to Sweden and eventual visa costs;
  • The Swedish Institute finances accommodation (single room with breakfast), some meals (as stated in the program), and transport within Sweden;
  • Participants should be able to follow the program in English as no interpreter will be with us (please test their level when recruiting them)
  • No per diem will be paid to participants of the programme

NOTE: Participants will be part of a bigger group with experts in the same field from several countries following the same programme.

Application procedure

Each programme will have a separate site for information and application (see below). The foreign missions can inform their suggested participants to register through those event sites to get on the list of  nomination for the programme. The number of attendees is limited to 15 participants per programme, and the final selection is made by the Swedish Institute. More information about each programme can be found specified for each programme.
Please note deadlines for each programme, since they are crucial for visa applications, programming and all the logistic arrangements.

Upcoming visits

The following upcoming expert visitors’ programmes are open for application from foreign missions. Each visit must have a minimum of 8 participants, coming from different countries for SI to be able to go through with the visit. Deadlines for applications are however very important for us to be able to plan a relevant programme to match the needs and objectives of the visitors’.

During 2018 we will have the following expert visitors’ programmes (note that the dates are preliminary set and can change):

  • Fashion Revolution – bio-based circular economy – 11-13 April
    – textile focus  (Eligible countries: Colombia, Germany, Mexico, Indonesia)
  • The Smart City – 28–31 May
    – (Eligible countries: Algeria, Brazil, Colombia, China, United Arab Emirates, India, Saudi Arabia)
  • A connected industry and new materialsPreliminary 11- 15 June
    – smart industries, digitalisation, corporate and startup collaborations (Eligible countries: Germany, Algeria, Angola, Saudi Arabia)
  • Next generation transportation – Preliminary 3–9 Sept
    (Eligible countries: Turkey, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Philippines,  India, Colombia, Brazil, South Africa)
  • Startups and the innovation eco-system in SwedenPreliminary 29 – 31 Oct
    – (Eligible countries: Egypt, Angola, Israel, South Korea, Japan)
  • Life Science Preliminary 3-7 Dec
    (Eligible countries: Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Japan)

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Financial support

SI finances accommodation, some meals (as stated in the program), and transport within Sweden. Each participant finances their own travel to Sweden and eventual visa costs. No per diem will be paid to participants.

Contact at the Swedish Institute

For more information contact Ziba Zareie, Programme Manager.