Swedish music moments

Swedish songwriters and producers are immensely popular. The Weeknd, Ariana Grande, Coldplay, Adele, Ed Sheeran, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, One Direction, Maroon 5, Pink, Britney Spears, Madonna, Ellie Goulding, Jonas Brothers – these are just some of the international pop acts who have collaborated with Swedes. 

Since the mid-1990s, Swedish songwriters and producers have at times been behind up to half of all top tens on the US Billboard chart. 

Stockholm and Los Angeles are two of the capitals in international pop today. Lots of hits are written and produced there. Check out the global pop songwriter elite and you’ll find that around 50 or so are Swedes. Sweden is the world’s third largest music exporter. 

It’s an incredible success story. How on earth could a small country of 10 million people partly located inside the Arctic Circle, and with a language unintelligible to non-Scandinavians, become a world leader in pop? 

This toolkit, Swedish Music Moments, comprises an exhibition of reasons behind the success story, as well as iconic moments from the Swedish music history. The exhibition also showcases Swedish innovations that have transformed the way we listen to, distribute and produce music.  

Music makes our hearts sing and a lot of people share a musical experience with Swedish songwriters, producers or artists! This is an opportunity to celebrate those relationships! 

Building blocks

Exhibition overview – both for wall-mounted and in exhibition modules (English, pdf)

Exhibition texts for translation: introduction and captions (English, pdf and Word)

Video for loop on Join the Band table – not for social media (1 min 25 sec)

To obtain high resolution print files and exhibition video – email the Swedish Institute contact person Oskar Röhlander.

An image of ten posters in the exhibition depicting famous swedish artists

Communication materials

Posts for Social Media (COMING SOON, images in png, suggested text in English for translation)

Stickers

Playlist on Spotify

#SwedishMusicMoments

To obtain high resolution print files for press images and social media images – email the Swedish Institute contact person Oskar Röhlander.

Financial support

Swedish embassies and consulates may apply for financial support of maximum SEK 40,000 for production of the printed material, language translation and travel costs and remuneration for Swedish guest speaker(s). Part of the sum applied for should be used for inviting 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.

Initiatives that include the exhibition in combination with lectures and/or workshop will be prioritised.

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.

Contact at the Swedish Institute

For more information, please contact Oskar Röhlander.

Lofthuset in Orbaden

A hotel ‘room’ that is also a vista point for landscapes and skies, a place for silence and getting closer to nature. To make it possible, three rooms have been built on top of each other on an abandoned ski slope: the nature room closest to the ground, the living accommodation (and only heated room) in the middle and the vista point on top. Lofthusen was nominated to the Swedish Wood Award in 2020.

This film is produced by the Swedish Institute and Architects Sweden in collaboration with Swedish Wood and the Swedish Forest Industries as part of the exhibition Woodlife Sweden. Please contact the Swedish Institute/Sharing Sweden for requests.

Parenting – an equal opportunity

Sweden was the first country in the world to introduce parental leave for both mothers and fathers in 1974, and today parents are offered 480 days of parental leave. The Swedish Institute wants to highlight the effects that Sweden’s parental policy has on gender equality.

Parental leave means that women in Sweden don’t have to choose between a career and a family. For fathers, it means an opportunity to experience a closer bond with their children through shared responsibilities. Progress, certainly, but fathers still only use 30 per cent of all parental leave days, so there’s more work to do.

This toolkit, Parenting – an equal opportunity, comprises a photo exhibition, including a video, and social media materials.

For this exhibition, documentary photographer Elin Berge has portrayed and interviewed parents in Sweden who strive to live equal lives. Berge’s 23 photos offer an insight into the endeavour of these parents to move beyond deeply rooted conceptions of gender roles and expectations towards a more equal partnership.

Building blocks

Exhibition material

Exhibition overview – both for wall-mounted and in exhibition modules (English, pdf)
Exhibition texts for translation: introduction and captions (English, pdf and Word, MediaFlow)
Exhibition video for loop on screen – not for social media (22 min 17 sec)
To obtain high resolution print files and exhibition video – email the Swedish Institute contatct person Ulrika Rosvall.

Communication material

Social media video (Vimeo, mp4, English and clean version, SRF-files for local translations)
Social media images (English and no text, jpg)

Invitation card template (English, pptx)
Poster for marketing the exhibition (English, pptx)
Postcard – giveaway, including QR code for video (English, low-resolution pdf)
Press release – suggested texts (COMING SOON, English, Word)
Download from MediaFlow

Press images (as part of the toolkit exhibition only)

To obtain high resolution print files for press images and templates for postcards – email the Swedish Institute contatct person Ulrika Rosvall.

Inspirational stories

Get inspired by the Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok and their use of the material. The exhibition was inaugurated by the ambassador at the Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre in June 2022 launching a Paterinty Leave Pledge project with partner organisations of the embassy.

Financial support

Swedish embassies and consulates may apply for financial support of maximum SEK 40,000 for production of the printed material, language translation and travel costs and remuneration for Swedish guest speaker(s). Part of the sum applied for should be used for inviting 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.

By filling out the application form you agree to respect the copyright agreement for the images.

How to report

After completed event, fill out the project report for toolkits.

Contact at the Swedish Institute

For more information, please contact Ulrika Rosvall

Parenting – an equal opportunity (video for social media)

Sweden was the first country in the world to introduce parental leave for both mothers and fathers in 1974, and today parents are offered 480 days of parental leave. The Swedish Institute wants to highlight the effects that Sweden’s parental policy has on gender equality.

This video for social media includes interviews with parents portrayed in a photo exhibition by photographer Elin Berge. The exhibition is a part of the toolkit Parenting – an equal opportunity.

Contact sharingsweden@si.se if you have any questions.

 

Three cheers for Alfie Atkins!

Now it’s time to celebrate 50 years with Alfie Atkins! Alfie (Alfons Åberg) is one of Sweden’s most beloved children’s book characters, attracting millions of readers all over the world.

Gunilla Bergström’s books about Alfie’s everyday life and adventure are as popular now as when they were first released decades ago. Many who grew up reading Alfie Atkins books have gotten to experience the stories anew by sharing them with their children and even grandchildren. Alfie is not a superhero or a fairy tale figure – he is ordinary kid, just like his readers. And perhaps that’s why he has become such a cherished part of our childhoods.

The toolkit contains an exhibition, seminar topics, workshops, a play and reading environment, instructions to throw an Alfie party and to build a helicopter and much more!

The collaboration between the Swedish Institute, Bok-Makaren AB and the publishing house Rabén Sjögren will allow you to celebrate Alfie with children locally. For children up to 8-9 years and their grown ups.

This toolkit is available in the following languages: English, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, German, Polish. Coming soon: Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Finnish, Greek.

Instructions

Building blocks

Exhibition material

  • Exhibition (1) (English, pdf)
  • Exhibition overview (2) (English, pdf)
  • Exhibition for modules (3)  (English, pdf)
  • Invitation poster for Alfie Atkins birthday party (4) (English, pdf)
  • Video: Molly and Viggo – to loop on screen at the exhibition (5)  (mp4)
  • Sign with QR-code to the Molly and Viggo video (6) (English, pdf)
  • Video: Interview with author Gunilla Bergström for exhibition (7) (English, mp4)
  • Sign to the video with Gunilla Bergström’s interview (8)

View and download all above material from MediaFlow.

(The number above is the same as you can find on the files in Mediaflow.)

To obtain high resolution print files email Sylvia Augustinsson.

Kindly note that you need to apply separately for financial support to produce the SI exhibition modules.

Film

The film Good Night Alfie Atkins is based on the book with the same name. The book has been translated into many languages. Maybe it is available in the language in your country. You will have this book in English sent to you  in the box from SI. One idea may be to translate the book into the local language, but the book may then only be read within the framework of this film screening.

Contact Sylvia Augustinsson to obtain the film.

Create a playful Alfie space

  • Standee (1) (English pdf)
  • Manual standee (2-4) (English, pdf)
  • Cut-out figures (5-8)
  • Manual cut-out figures (9) (English, pdf)
  • Posters to hang by the local built helicopter (10-14) (English, pdf)
  • Inspiration for creating Alfies scenes and settings (15) (English, PDF)
  • Manual for the local built helicopter (16) (English, pdf) To obtain the drawings to the helicopter contact Sylvia Augustinsson.
  • Spotify list with Alfie Atkins music: Alfie Atkins soundtrack
  • Have a look at the material list and contact Sylvia Augustinsson to order a shipment.

View and download all above material from MediaFlow.

(The number above is the same as you can find on the files in Mediaflow.)

For children to write, draw and colorize

  • Get to know Alfie Atkins (1) – for children to fill in and colorize (English, pdf)
  • Quiz material (2-3) – for a “quiz walk” (English, pdf)

View and download all above material from MediaFlow.

(The number above is the same as you can find on the files in Mediaflow.)

Event suggestions

  • Manual for how to throw your own Alfie Atkins Party (1) (English, pdf)
  • Ideas for different types of workshops for children (2) Collage workshop, helicopter workshop, knot-tying workshop and/or ghost workshop. (English, pdf)
  • Group discussions for professionals about Alfie Atkins books (3) Suggested topics: Education, emotions, friendship and fatherhood. (English, pdf)
  • “Who is daddy Atkins?” – an article by Gunilla Bergström from the Center for children’s culture at Stockholm University (4)

View and download from MediaFlow.

(The number above is the same as you can find on the files in Mediaflow.)

Communication material

  • Social media posts – suggested text (1-2) and images (3-7) (English, Media Flow)

View and download from MediaFlow.

(The number above is the same as you can find on the files in Mediaflow.)

Material for translations

Download all word files for translations for the toolkit from MediaFlow.

Financial support

Swedish embassies and consulates may apply for financial support of maximum SEK 40,000 for production of the printed material, language translation and travel costs and remuneration for Swedish guest speaker(s). Part of the sum applied for should be used for inviting 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.

By filling out the application form you agree to respect the copyright agreement for the images.

How to report

After completed event, fill out the project report for toolkits.

Contact at the Swedish Institute

For more information please contact Sylvia Augustinsson.

Sweden – a country less ordinary (French)

Sweden – a country less ordinary (La Suéde – hors de sentiers battus) offers an overview of Sweden. It paints a picture of a nation that’s driven by innovation and leads the way in equality and sustainability.

This image-rich, 100-page book highlights some of the facts, stories and milestones that make Sweden what it is today, with chapters covering society, sustainability, government, equality, culture, history, the Sami, geography, sports, traditions, food, the Swedish language and a timeline of Swedish innovation. Infographics help tell the story and storytelling elements lead the reader on.

Rooted in an agricultural past and propelled into the future through innovation, Sweden is multifaceted and perhaps contradictory. Sweden – a country less ordinary looks at booming businesses, tax-funded welfare, smart cities, cool culture, revolutionising innovations and much much more.

Swedish embassies and consulates – to place your orders, kindly fill out the order form.

This publication is available in English, Swedish, German, Russian, Spanish, Arabic and French.

Translations other than the ones mentioned above will have to be organised by the local foreign mission, including print – please contact order@si.se for guidance.

If you have any questions, please contact sharingsweden@si.se

Sweden – a country less ordinary (Arabic)

Sweden – a country less ordinary offers an overview of Sweden. It paints a picture of a nation that’s driven by innovation and leads the way in equality and sustainability.

This image-rich, 100-page book highlights some of the facts, stories and milestones that make Sweden what it is today, with chapters covering society, sustainability, government, equality, culture, history, the Sami, geography, sports, traditions, food, the Swedish language and a timeline of Swedish innovation. Infographics help tell the story and storytelling elements lead the reader on.

Rooted in an agricultural past and propelled into the future through innovation, Sweden is multifaceted and perhaps contradictory. Sweden – a country less ordinary looks at booming businesses, tax-funded welfare, smart cities, cool culture, revolutionising innovations and much much more.

Swedish embassies and consulates – to place your orders, kindly fill out the order form.

This publication is available as pdf in English, Swedish, German, Russian, Spanish, Arabic and French.

Translations other than the ones mentioned above will have to be organised by the local foreign mission, including print – please contact order@si.se for guidance.

If you have any questions, please contact sharingsweden@si.se

Sweden – a country less ordinary (Russian)

Sweden – a country less ordinary (Швеция: Очевидная. Невероятная) offers an overview of Sweden. It paints a picture of a nation that’s driven by innovation and leads the way in equality and sustainability.

This image-rich, 100-page book highlights some of the facts, stories and milestones that make Sweden what it is today, with chapters covering society, sustainability, government, equality, culture, history, the Sami, geography, sports, traditions, food, the Swedish language and a timeline of Swedish innovation. Infographics help tell the story and storytelling elements lead the reader on.

Rooted in an agricultural past and propelled into the future through innovation, Sweden is multifaceted and perhaps contradictory. Sweden – a country less ordinary looks at booming businesses, tax-funded welfare, smart cities, cool culture, revolutionising innovations and much much more.

This publication is available as pdf in English, Swedish, German, Russian, Spanish, Arabic and French.

Translations other than the ones mentioned above will have to be organised by the local foreign mission, including print – please contact order@si.se for guidance.

If you have any questions, please contact order@si.se

Suecia – un país fuera de lo común

Sweden – a country less ordinary (Suecia – un país fuera de lo común) offers an overview of Sweden. It paints a picture of a nation that’s driven by innovation and leads the way in equality and sustainability.

This image-rich, 100-page book highlights some of the facts, stories and milestones that make Sweden what it is today, with chapters covering society, sustainability, government, equality, culture, history, the Sami, geography, sports, traditions, food, the Swedish language and a timeline of Swedish innovation. Infographics help tell the story and storytelling elements lead the reader on.

Rooted in an agricultural past and propelled into the future through innovation, Sweden is multifaceted and perhaps contradictory. Sweden – a country less ordinary looks at booming businesses, tax-funded welfare, smart cities, cool culture, revolutionising innovations and much much more.

This publication is available as pdf in English, Swedish, German, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, and French.

Translations other than the ones mentioned above will have to be organised by the local foreign mission, including print – please contact order@si.se for guidance.

If you have any questions, please contact order@si.se

Schweden – alles andere als gewöhnlich

Sweden – a country less ordinary (Schweden – alles andere als gewöhnlich) offers an overview of Sweden. It paints a picture of a nation that’s driven by innovation and leads the way in equality and sustainability.

This image-rich, 100-page book highlights some of the facts, stories and milestones that make Sweden what it is today, with chapters covering society, sustainability, government, equality, culture, history, the Sami, geography, sports, traditions, food, the Swedish language and a timeline of Swedish innovation. Infographics help tell the story and storytelling elements lead the reader on.

Rooted in an agricultural past and propelled into the future through innovation, Sweden is multifaceted and perhaps contradictory. Sweden – a country less ordinary looks at booming businesses, tax-funded welfare, smart cities, cool culture, revolutionising innovations and much much more.

This publication is available as pdf in English, Swedish, German, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, and French.

Translations other than the ones mentioned above will have to be organised by the local foreign mission, including print – please contact order@si.se for guidance.

If you have any questions, please contact order@si.se