The makings of Swedish freedom of the press

The Swedish ‘Freedom of the Press Act’ is the oldest constitution to regulate press freedom in the world and marked its 250th anniversary in 2016. Founded in the early years of Enlightenment it pioneered not only the freedom of the press, but also declared public access to state information, making Sweden the first country in the world to officially instigate a Right to Information law.

Mapping out the history of Swedish freedom of the press

Parallel to marking the anniversary this toolkit exhibition piece tells the multifaceted story of how Swedish freedom of the press came about. Set in the form of an illustrated timeline spanning over the late 15th century until today, the material thus aims to present an honest view on the multitude of experiences and events leading up to where Swedish freedom of the press stands today.

Instructions and manuals

By accounting for both setbacks and good examples in the history of Swedish freedom of the press this toolkit exhibition piece is equally suitable as a backdrop illustration for programmes and activities concerning freedom of the press issues as for long-term display. The toolkit consists of 12 posters that can be mounted on table tops, the exhibition module or printed as roller banners. For best result, please print all posters on matt, non-transparent fabric or similar.

Roller banner version

Choice of roller banner stand system:

Placing options
Suggestions on how to display the roller banner exhibition in different ways. For venue-specific suggestions, please contact SI.

Exhibition module version

The exhibition can be mounted on the exhibition modules using 7 modules. Please note that you can apply for additional financial support for construction of the modules. See exhibition module toolkit for more info.

Suggestion on how to display the exhibition using the modules

Table top version

For the table top version, we recommend IKEA “Linnmon” (750 x 1500 mm) where applicable. Color: gray.

Exhibition posters are recommended to be printed on self-adhesive vinyl (matte) or similar. Use professional help for montage.

Additional vinyl tape (12 mm) can be used for enhanced spatial feel. Please, see image and color codes in the exhibition overview and printing aid.

Make sure that the table tops are placed in such a way that they cannot accidentally fall or otherwise cause physical injury to visitors.

Building blocks

Language versions

The exhibition is already available in English, Spanish, Turkish and French. Printing files will be sent from the Swedish Institute (SI) upon received and confirmed application form. Please contact SI for previews.

Exhibition materials 

Please note that the exhibition material should always be placed chronologically from left to right.

Additional material

Downloadable printing files with selected quotes from the exhibition time line (for canvas bag print). Examples can be viewed here (PDF).

Front side:

  • Quote 1 (“The freedom of a nation …”)
  • Quote 2 (“The freedom to think …”)
  • Quote 3 (“The more public …”)

Back side:

  • Sweden grid logo

Please note that embassy logo should be included in the Sweden grid logo.

Press kit

Related communication material

#ThisIsFreedom quotes for social media use
Available in English, Russian and Arabic

Financial support

Swedish embassies and consulates may apply for financial support of maximum 30,000 SEK for production of the exhibition and inviting Swedish guest speakers. Application is done by filling out the application form.

Budget is limited and financial support may not be available at the end of the year.

After completed event, fill out the evaluation form for toolkits.

Individuals or organisations who would like to show the exhibit should contact the Swedish embassy or consulate in your area.

Contact at the Swedish Institute

For more information please contact Henrik C. Enbohm.