Between the Lines

The international interest in Swedish literature is growing, making Sweden a welcome participant in book fairs and literary festivals all over the world.  Meanwhile, the literary scene inside Sweden is both vibrant and multi-faceted, thanks to a wide range of factors. Not least among them are a vivid book market, and an intricate network of book festivals, independent magazines, creative writing workshops, residencies, as well as writers’ and translators’ associations.  The ‘Between the Lines’ toolkit provides a means to both deepen and broaden the promotion of Swedish literature abroad. The toolkit consists of two components, the first of which is a poster exhibition material aiming at promoting contemporary Swedish literature while at the same time creating an interest in literature as a concept and some of its core concerns and practices. The material contains a poster exhibition in the form of Q&As, gathering representatives of the Swedish literary scene (writers, translators, educators, literacy promotors), who share their thoughts on different literary matters.   The second component of the ‘Between the Line’ toolkit is a printable manual, compiled in close cooperation with the Swedish Arts Council/Swedish Literature Exchange. The manual provides Swedish foreign missions with ideas and suggestions on how to plan and implement different activities focusing on literature. The manual also includes a brief overview of both the Swedish book market and the key actors of the Swedish literary infrastructure.  Participants: Steve Sem-Sandberg (novelist), Jan Stolpe (translator), Elin Anna Labba (non-fiction writer), Mats Strandberg (YA writer), Emma AdBåge (childrens’ book writer), Parvin Ardalan (journalist, former ICORN resident), Elisabeth Åsbrink (non-fiction writer), Mats Malm (permanent secretary Swedish Academy), Jonas Hassen Khemiri (novelist/playwright), Balsam Karam (novelist), Bim Eriksson (comic books artist), Sara Garib (spoken word poet), Lydia Sandgren (novelist), Ida Linde (writer/director of Biskops Arnö Writers’ Workshop), Malin Persson Giolito (crime fiction writer), Bagir Kwiek (former Swedish national reading ambassador). Building blocks Exhibition overview – both for wall-mounted and in exhibition modules (English, pdf) Exhibition texts – for translation (English, pdf and Word) To obtain high resolution print files, please email Henrik C. Enbohm. Financial support Swedish embassies and consulates may apply for financial support of maximum SEK 40,000 for travel costs and remuneration for Swedish guest speaker(s). For projects aiming to strengthen cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region the level of financial support is limited to a maximum of SEK 100,000. Up to 30 per cent of the granted sum may be used for external project management. How to apply To apply, please fill out the application form. The application must be sent in at least two months before the event. Resources are limited and financial support may not be available at the end of the year. Limits may apply. How to report After completed event, fill out the project report for toolkits. Repayments If more than 10 per cent of the total grant has not been used, then the full amount of unused funds must be repaid to SI. Repayment shall be via UD EKO. When repaying, enter the project’s registration number (available in the agreement) and the name of your organisation in the notification field and notify the project manager in question. Contact at the Swedish Institute For more information, contact Henrik C. Enbohm

Swedish Institute scholarships for master’s studies

Swedish Institute (SI) provides fully-funded scholarships for ambitious professionals from about 50 countries to pursue a full-time master’s degree in Sweden. All the scholarship holders are included in the SI Network for Future Global Leaders (NFGL) – a platform to help the scholarship holders grow professionally and build their network. After their studies, the SI Alumni Network will be a platform for continued networking and further professional development for them. Ideal candidates are ambitious and active talents with a strong professional background, demonstrated leadership experience, and are passionate about contributing to international developments. Find out more. Eligible countries are: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Liberia, Malawi, Morocco, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Rwanda, Serbia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine, Vietnam, Zambia, or Zimbabwe The promotion film about SI scholarships is intended to be used digitally on social media channels, during presentations at fairs and student events and can be linked on your website if you have information dedicated to scholarships or higher education in Sweden.

Smart Cities – Para un futuro sostenible

16:9 version 1:1 square version

Smart citities – for a sustainable future

16:9 version 1:1 square version

Sverige A-Ö slide show

Digital slide show of the Sverige A-Ö toolkit exhibition.

Sverige A-Ö

Sverige A-Ö is a photo exhibition presenting a general image of Sweden. The exhibition consists of 29 images, one for each letter in the Swedish alphabet, each image connecting to a Swedish word. Building blocks English booklet for printing Spanish booklet for printing. Translation by the Embassy of Sweden in Lima. Text in the booklet for translation (ENG) Booklet template for local translations in PDF format Preview of the exhibition Digital slideshow for streaming or downloading. Instructions The photo exhibition is adapted to the exhibition modules. A small booklet explaining the words is also available for translating and printing locally. The images are to be printed on 11 posters (70×100 cm) on 5 mm matte laminated KAPA or Forex boards and mounted on the exhibition modules with Velcro. 3-4 modules will be needed, but the images may also be mounted on walls. The booklet is printed in A4 format on minimum 250 gram matte paper. If you wish to translate the booklet there is a PDF template below for filling out and printing locally. The printing files can be downloaded from the link provided by SI via email. Financial support Swedish embassies and consulates may apply for financial support of maximum SEK 15,000 for producing the exhibition. How to apply To apply, please fill out the application form. The application must be sent in at least two months before the event. Resources are limited and financial support may not be available at the end of the year. Limits may apply. Individuals or organisations who would like to show the exhibit should contact the Swedish embassy or consulate in your area. How to report After completed event, fill out the project report for toolkits. Repayments If more than 10 per cent of the total grant has not been used, then the full amount of unused funds must be repaid to SI. Repayment shall be via UD EKO. When repaying, enter the project’s registration number (available in the agreement) and the name of your organisation in the notification field and notify the project manager in question. Contact at the Swedish Institute For more information, contact Michael Skoglund.

Swedish dads

The story of how photographer Johan Bävman decided to turn Swedish dads on parental leave into role models for dads around the world. This film can be used in social media. The film is also available without text for local adaptations. Please contact Cecilia Sundstrand to receive the file.

Exhibition module

This exhibition module has been designed to function as a flexible, cost effective and reusable exhibition structure to SI’s toolkits, but can also be used for other materials that embassies and consulates themselves produce. The module can be used both as a simple screen and as room-creating object, depending on how many modules are used and how they are combined. The basic module construction is simple and is built up of wooden studs. It is adaptable to display images, photographs and text signs, and by using recessed boards inside the module it can also hold objects, screens and iPads. The module is available in several different versions, both standing and lying down in the form of a bench, stool or raised bench. Inspirational stories Swedish Fashion Stories pop up at Fashion Week Stockholm Instructions The basic module consists of 40×40 mm wooden studs of for example pine. It can be dismantled for easier storage and transport to the various exhibition sites. Manual for constructing and using the modules You will need 4-7 modules to fit one of the available exhibitions. Financial support Swedish embassies and consulates may apply for financial support of maximum 15,000 SEK for production of the module. How to apply To apply, please fill out the application form. The application must be sent in two months before the event. Resources are limited and financial support may not be available at the end of the year. Limits may apply. Individuals or organisations who would like to show the exhibit should contact the Swedish embassy or consulate in your area. How to report After completed event, fill out the project report for toolkits. Repayments If more than 10 per cent of the total grant has not been used, then the full amount of unused funds must be repaid to SI. Repayment shall be via UD EKO. When repaying, enter the project’s registration number (available in the agreement) and the name of your organisation in the notification field and notify the project manager in question. Contact at the Swedish Institute For more information please contact Micael Carlsen.

10 things to know about Sweden

It’s difficult to fit a country into a PowerPoint presentation. This is an attempt to boil down Sweden to ten vital facts. Discover how large Sweden is in relation to its small population, that the Equality Ombudsman is sort of king and that Midsummer is a serious matter of fun and games.

This is Sweden

“This is Sweden” showcases facets of life in Sweden ‘as is’. From generous paid parental leave and spontaneous skinny dipping to same sex marriages and summers that might turn rainy. Produced by the award-winning production company B-Reel Films, and directed by Olof Lindh. Alice Boman’s melancholic song Waiting provides the soundtrack. This is Sweden – Film – Original from Sweden on Vimeo.